If luxury event space in a choice location, bespoke service and stylish elegance rank high on the checklist, then the 491-room luxury hotel on West Beijing Road â€“ in the cultural and business centre of the Jingan district â€“ is a contender.
Opened in May 2017, in time for ILTM China, the hotel organised a flow-around party and threw open its F&B outlets to luxury buyers attending the show. With 14 meeting spaces, totalling more than 3,000m2, of which the largest measures 1,400m2, it was the perfect opportunity to showcase its business events capabilities and mount an impressive debut.
The exquisitely designed 1,400m2 open floor plan Astor Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,300 guests and is adjoined by a 368m2 foyer, makes it the biggest space in Jingan and among the top three in Puxi. The investment in the ballroomâ€™s 95m2 LED wall projection system gives event planners the ability to create dazzling visuals and entertainment.
During its 2017 ILTM China coming-out party, the hotel closed off its second floor which houses Chinese restaurant Yan Ting, Japanese restaurant Seki-Tei and Bespoke â€“ its contemporary international cuisine restaurant offering a tailor-made menu using seasonal ingredients â€“ which became the after-party venue. Downstairs, live music wafted around the lobby and into Social, its international buffet restaurant.
If an event calls for an intimate space, the exquisite Drawing Room â€“ with its beautiful teardrop chandelier â€“ needs no other embellishment. Likewise, the St Regis Bar, serving more than 50 handcrafted cocktails â€“ including the Mary Jing, its version of the Bloody Mary, which was invented at The St Regis New York â€“ is another ready-to-use thematic venue.
The attentive staff just seem to know how to make guests feel at home. I wandered into the Drawing Room one day, sat down to check my iPhone and it was nice to be offered a glass of warm water â€“ it was cold outside â€“ when I did not wish to order anything to drink.