When choosing somewhere to stay in China, your choices are almost endless and range from roach infested dormitories in Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions to Buddhist Monasteries in Tibet and Yaks in Inner Mongolia. There are also extremes of prices with hotels in the impoverished areas of China asking for next to nothing to world class five star hotels in Beijing that cost thousands per night.
Shanghai’s Puli Hotel and Spa is towards the more expensive end and if you are backpacking or travelling in a budget, the PuLi hotel with the cheapest rack rate of 3,880 RMB a night, is way out of your (and my) budget.
One reason I’m including this review on the Puli Hotel is because it was one of the two hotels in China that was voted as the top 50 hotels in the world by travel writers from “The Telegraph” in London. Another reason is that many travellers to China (not myself unfortunately) have extensive budgets and require the level of comfort and quality that hotels like the Puli provide so a good mix of reviews should include these types of hotels.
The spas offered to all guests in the Puli are outstanding and will give you a sensorial experience second to none. There you will be pampered, indulged and be given a menu of exotic tea and massage treatments to choose from. This menu believe it or not is ten pages long and contains treatments that range from 680 RMB to 2,280 with a 15% service charge.
The Puli is located in the heart of Shanghai so when you can’t take any more of the spas, you make your way through the award winning lobby to the front door and set out to explore this bustling, dynamic and fascinating metropolis.
Extra beds only cost 500 RMB a night and the minibar is inclusive so if you know anyone staying at the Puli you may just be in luck.
This is the quote from the “The Telegraph”
“In a city where new luxury hotels seem to be going up every month, the PuLi is a truly cool and tasteful medium-sized property in the Jing’An district. The rooms are large, modern and well designed, and feature large flat-screen televisions, iPod docking station, Bose Wave music system and free high-speed internet. The cool marble lobby has a bar more than 100ft long and there is a small but lovely garden just outside the lobby. Food in the Jing’An restaurant is outstanding.”