Day One : Arrival
I have never been to China, and when the opportunity presented itself recently, I jumped at the chance. I have been asked to put together a new fabric range for an Australian Based fabric house called Trabeth Textiles, and I was invited to attend the annual Intertextile Trade Fair in Shanghai to select fabrics for the range. I flew into China late in the afternoon and had pre booked a driver to collect us from the airport and take us to the hotel. The Hotel Indigo, located on the famous Bund was the hotel of choice. I had booked it because upon researching the best boutique hotels in Shanghai, this one stood ahead of the game..and I wasn’t disappointed. A Cool modern lobby and reception desk..was a welcoming sight after the long flights.
The floor is made up of slabs of large dark grey limestone tiles, the walls have a timber cladding detail that cascades down and links itself the the main reception desk, the vignettes of old school china are casually, yet thoughtfully placed throughout the lobby…a fire engine red rikshaw, a canary yellow bicycle, and tall dark stained bamboo semi enclosed feature chairs, complete with colourful contemporary Chinese influenced cushions..its the perfect blend of Modern Asia…I loved it.
And the room didn’t disappoint either. The large corner room had a full view of the boardwalk spanning along the Bund, the river that winds itself through Shanghai. Over the river the Skycrapers of the financial district are a breathtaking sight and the sprawling metropole that is Shanghai. Another plus if you book The Deluxe Corner Suite is that even the bathroom overlooks this spectacular view. Light and spacious complete with frosted glass privacy walls, a deep sunken tub and walk-in shower set directly in front of huge windows. Such a nice way to bathe! Heated toilet seats and the multi choice bidet options are typical of the Asian style.
Tired but ready to check it all out and get our bearings we headed to the Times Square section of the city and indulged in a much needed glass of bubbly before dinner. This part of town is a mecca for Designer Shopping, and many fine bistros and restaurants to choose from. Located at 15 minutes from the hotel, Its a great place to get your bearings. With the almost 24hr lack of sleep taking its toll we head back to Hotel Indigo and ready for much needed sleep.