Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai
88 Song Shan Rd., Shanghai
Photo courtesy of Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai
Andaz Xintiandi, ShanghaiThe first Andaz—Hyatt’s line of spirited urban properties—in Asia, this curved tower with a webbed-style exterior sits in the entertainment hub Xintiandi, known for its traditional Shanghainese Shikumen architecture (narrow homes typified by stone gateways). This new 28-story building, opened in 2011, features 307 rooms with wood floors, boldly upholstered walls, and what Andaz calls DigiValets—iPads that control room functions such as lighting, temperature, and curtains. Suites add TechnoGym exercise equipment to the mix. The fifth-floor Garden Pavilion, an ovoid glass structure with wraparound city views, is a popular venue for wedding ceremonies and cocktail parties.