Wanda Reign on the Bund Staycation: Experience Endless Elegance

By Sophie Steiner, January 15, 2022

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Enter Wanda Reign on the Bund, and step back in time to an era of elegant grandeur, inspired by Shanghai’s Golden Age.

Laden with Art Deco, and embodying the heart and soul of this Paris-born artistic movement, the hotel was designed to combine and infuse exceptional patterns and textures inspired by Old Shanghai elements and classical architecture to create a stunning landmark along The Bund.

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Image courtesy of Wanda Reign on the Bund

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A visit to the hotel feels like walking into one of Gatsby's extravagant parties, the epitome of timeless opulence.

And the lavish experience it guarantees spills over into their staycation offerings, an opportunity we recently took advantage of. Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect…

The Rooms 

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The hotel features 190 luxurious guestrooms including 13 uniquely designed suites, ranging from 45 square meters to 288 square meters, with stunning views of The Bund, Huangpu River, Pudong skyline and the ancient Yu Garden.

Guestrooms are designed in two distinctive styles – ‘trendy with high energy’ and ‘noble, luxurious and distinguished.’ We booked ourselves into a Huangpu River view room and were hit in the face with pure – well – distinguished luxury. 

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The Noble style incorporates mahogany burl wood, magnolia embroideries and art deco elements such as a multi-functional working desk with a retro-style banker’s lamp and Czech crystal lamps to create a distinct sense of place.

The unique marble bathroom features a European oval bathtub, tailor-made crystal water tap and an electric mist glass to smartly separate the bathroom and the bedroom, creating a sense of privacy.

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All rooms are also outfitted with an iPad smart in-room control, including in-room dining ordering function, PM2.5 filtering and air-purifying system, LCD TVs, floor heating, an automatic toilet, a whirlpool bathtub and separate shower and exclusive Hermès personal care amenities

Finally – and most importantly – comes the comfiest “Bed of Reign,” featuring handmade Talalay latex mattresses from the USA and tailor-made wool bedding from New Zealand, all ensuring a blissful night’s sleep. 

The Food 

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The hotel offers a premium collection of cuisine choices and ambiances. It features four restaurants, one lounge and a rooftop club including RuiKu Restaurant and Champagne Lounge; Café Reign, an all-day-dining restaurant; RIVER DRUNK, a Huaiyang Chinese restaurant; HE Japanese Restaurant; and the Lobby Lounge.

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We sought out HE Japanese Restaurant, where a mesmerizing 3D effect at the entrance welcomes guests with visuals of different seasons.

A luxurious private dining space with a maximum capacity of 40 persons, He Japanese Restaurant serves a broad range of classical, refined Japanese dishes in a sophisticated setting, adorned with cherry blossoms and pine leaves. 

There is a special highlight on custom-made sushi – based on daily produce availability – and teppanyaki.

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The menu offers various sets, plus a la carte options, and a wide spectrum of imported sakes to choose from. We opted for the RMB748/person set dinner (subject to 10% service charge and 6% VAT).

Here’s a sneak peak of what you can expect:

Cheese Tofu with Sea Urchin and Salmon Roe paired with Seafood Soup with Abalone and Scallop

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He Signature Sushi Platter

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Assorted Sashimi Platter: Salmon, Tuna, Amaebi, Snapper

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Teppanyaki Beef Tenderloin Bacon Rolls, Goose Liver on Toast and Black Tiger Prawn

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Soft Shell Crab and Porcini Mushroom Tempura 

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Beef Egg Fried Rice 

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Assorted Sweets

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After dinner, post up for an evening libation at the exuberant Ruiku, located on the hotel's 21st floor. On many an evening, guests can expect indulgent parties and live DJ performances, coupled with a full view of the winding Huangpu River. 

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Breakfast is offered from 6.30-10.30am daily in Café Reign

Guests can relish in everything from wonton or noodle soup and Chinese breakfast street foods on the local front. Western options include omelets, sausages and potatoes, plus many pastries, salads, fruits and cheese and meats.

There’s also a full section of congee, porridge and cereals. 

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Image by Sophie Steiner/That's

The Amenities

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Image courtesy of Wanda Reign on the Bund

When it comes to Wanda Reign on the Bund’s amenities, grandeur meets cutting edge technology.

From a fully decked out fitness center to the indulgent SHUI Spa and Universe KTV; from Club Reign – which features a wine and cigar bar – to the Grand Ballroom equipped with a 82-square meter LED screen; from the bedazzled, full length pool to the expansive 180-degree view of the Bund.

Wanda Reign on the Bund sits at the perfect cross-section between lifestyle and luxury. 

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Appealing to art lovers, history buffs and Instagram power users alike, even the lobby pays homage to the glory days of Shanghai’s affluence and style.

Showcasing a 10-meter-high Art Deco display inspired by the World Expo of architectural styles along the Bund, a vivid abstract painting by contemporary artist Shi Qi called 'Splendid Orient' depicting Shanghai, dazzling chandeliers, Victorian furniture and opulent marble and jade ceiling, walls and flooring, the entrance alone is an artistic masterpiece. 

About Wanda Reign on the Bund

Located in the historic destination of Shanghai, the hotel exterior is designed jointly by Norman Foster and Heatherwick Studio. The hotel’s interior, designed by Wanda Design Institute, was finely crafted over a period of three years. Combining the Art Deco theme and the patterns of Old Shanghai, the hotel comprises 190 luxurious rooms and suites. 

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