China gears up for an exciting weekend with the Shanghai Formula 1 (F1) Grand Prix this 13 April – 15 April 2012, as locals and tourists alike flock down to the bustling city to catch the F1 fever.
As with every racetrack, the Shanghai International Circuit boasts stunning architecture, high-speed straights and winding turns, and is one of the few highly-anticipated F1 race tracks in Asia, besides Malaysia and Singapore.
While Shanghai preps for the Formula 1 Grand Prix, we take the opportunity to showcase five hotels you might wish to stay during this period.
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai Hong Quan
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai Hong Quan also provides services such as foreign currency exchange service, ticket booking and postal service and so on.
International hotel group, Radisson Hotels and Resorts, is no stranger to the China market, with its seventh Radisson Blu hotel set to open in the country. Opened in 2008, the Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai Hong Quan is conveniently located in the Zhenru Commercial Zone, about 10 kilometres away from the city centre.
Offering a total of 301 guest rooms, Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai Hong Quan provides free broadband Internet access across all rooms. Dining options are aplenty as well to suit your palate, with Chinese, western as well as meal delivery service. Ideal for both tourists and business travellers, the hotel includes a business centre, meeting room, as well as swimming pool and sauna.
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai Hong Quan is listed as one of the hotels providing not only airport transfers for the overwhelming crowd coming into Shanghai, but circuit transfers for guests heading for F1 as well. In case you’ve not gotten your tickets, the hotel is providing exclusive F1 hotel packages. Talk about thoughtfulness.
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai Hong Quan, 210 Taopu Road, Putuo District, Shanghai 200333, China, + 86-21-53559999, www.radisson.com
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The Bund Hotel Shanghai
The 22-storey Bund Hotel Shanghai has 252 air-conditioned guestrooms to choose from.
With just days away from the Shanghai Grand Prix fever, we’ve picked The Bund Hotel Shanghai for those of you looking to stay along the Bund but is having difficulties with most hotels being fully booked by now.
Open since 2004, The Bund Hotel Shanghai is designed with the business traveller in mind, for its central location makes it an excellent option for tourists to travel around. The hotel is located in the city’s recently developed Huangpu District, about a five-minute walk from Shanghai’s famous "pedestrian street" in Nanjing Road.
Each room is equipped with luxuriously spacious bathroom features, including a separate bathtub and shower. In-room high-speed broadband access is also available, at a fee.
In addition to 24-hour room service, The Bund Hotel Shanghai has a café, a 24-hour Western restaurant and two other dinner restaurants. And just like Radisson Blu, The Bund Hotel Shanghai is providing airport and circuit transfers for guests who bought the F1 hotel packages.
The Bund Hotel Shanghai, No.525 Guangdong Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, +86 21-63522000, www.bundhotelshanghai.com
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Fairmont Peace Hotel
Thoughtfully restored, the refined elegance of each room is inspired by the original art deco influence married to Shanghaiâ€™s cultural fame as the Pearl of the Orient.
Overlooking the Huangpu River, the luxurious Fairmont Peace Hotel has its origins dating back more than eight decades. This landmark Shanghai hotel served as a glamorous playground for the elite, as well as the veritable Parisian fashion show.
This year, HSBC has teamed up with Fairmont Peace Hotel in conjunction with the Shanghai F1. From RMB 8,888 onwards, HSBC card holders get to enjoy a four-day-three-night package with the following privileges:
- Guaranteed upgrade from Fairmont Room to Deluxe Room
- Two standard F1 tickets to the 2012 F1 Grand Prix in Shanghai*
- 60 minutes spa treatment for two guests at Willow Stream Spa
- Complimentary daily buffet breakfast for two guests
- Heritage tour of the hotel including Peace Gallery
*Standard tickets are subject to availability. In the event the standard tickets are unavailable, an additional cost will incur for the next category tickets.
Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, China 200002, +86 21 6321 6888, www.fairmont.com/peacehotel
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The Langham Xintiandi
Accommodation packages including unlimited spa treatments are now available at The Langham Xintiandi, Shanghai.
Besides being part of all the F1 action in Shanghai this weekend, book a stay at The Langham Xintiandi, for its location is right amongst luxury designer boutiques, international restaurants, bars and outdoor cafes,
Their current weekend getaway package, with a minimum of two nights’ stay over the weekend, includes:
- Overnight accommodation in a Grand Room
- Guaranteed late check-out of 4pm
- Two signature martinis at Cachet Martini Bar
- An enchanting Langham gift upon arrival
- Complimentary internet throughout your stay
- Daily minibar credit of RMB200 per day
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Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai
All rooms of Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai look out onto breathtaking views of the historical Bund, the Huangpu River or Pudongâ€™s ever-changing skyline.
Offering 952 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites between two signature buildings, Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai, offers some of the largest non-suite rooms in Pudong Shanghai.
Horizon Club rooms are what the discerning traveller would be looking for, offering an enhanced level of service, comfort and convenience for both tourists and business travellers alike. Exclusive privileges include late check-out, buffet breakfast and a personal concierge.
Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai, 33 Fu Cheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai, 200120, China, +86 21 6882 8888, www.shangri-la.com