In & Out for One Night at the PuLi Hotel
Catch a break from the bustle and look into Shanghai’s most serene hotel.
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PuLi Hotel can be easily seen across the Jing’an skyline, crammed between other colossal towers, but the drive-in will have guests cutting into a cute little courtyard cut off from the rest of Changde Lu. The Asian-rooted inspiration to the hotel’s design can be seen throughout the building, from the brick tiles reminiscent of Beijing roundhouses to the welcome room that has this window overlooking a still pond.
The closest shopping center to the hotel, it suffers from a symptom of Jing’an CBD – luxe and expensive. This mall is packed with the likes of big brands such as Gucci and Alexander McQueen. It is a good place to spend the afternoon window shopping and having a coffee. There is a pretty cool indoor waterfall that sets the mood of relaxation.
The hotel interior is a combination of metropolitan and naturalism. Stone and wood are core elements that decorate the hotel, with black graphite-like walls and carved wooden panels. The lighting is mostly natural, with glass windows, and a high-raised ceiling that projects soft golden lighting. There are couches for guests with sore puppies and the furniture is a mix of the past and present. Leather-bound suitcases, handmade vases and what can be described as “post-modernist Japanese nude art”.
Reception & The Long Bar
What appears to have been a tall tree is now the desk for reception and table for the Long Bar. Late check-ins and check-outs are allowed, which is a must for relaxing ‘sleeping-in’ holidays. Safety is just as important as comfort, because the reception asks all guests to fill out forms about where they have traveled to recently.
Besides alcohol, The Long Bar serves an afternoon tea set for either one person at 228rmb or for two people at 428rmb. The set comes with a choice of one from 11 different kinds of teas as well as a cute little collection of bite-sized snacks. Sweet and savory, with the likes of lime tarts and mini sandwiches. Guests are free to sit at either the bar or anywhere else in the lobby.
A deluxe room comes with a view of the city skyline, great for when Jing’an lights up at night. The spacious king-size bed doesn't crowd the space and a bathtub seated right against the window offers a rare delight of bathing hundreds of feet in the air. Comfort is the settling mood of the room, as the interior has been given the same treatment as the lobby.
Puli has their own specialized spa service called UR SPA. There is a variety of deals designed for beauty and anti-aging. A session can range from a simple 30-minute rub to a 2-hour long full-body treatment. The key treatment offered is the anti-aging facials. Clients will be decorated in Swiss-made moisturizers and treated with a collagen-repairing vibrating massager. Long-term client packages are offered, where they will receive multiple treatments all under one purchase. The rooms are cozy and glowing with warmth with a private shower and bathroom included in each one. There is a waiting room that has a drip fountain to form a calm environment.
It’s a shame to say but, some people may find the gym underwhelming. For people looking for weight machines that aren’t accessible at home, like leg pressers or cable crossovers, then best stick to the usuals because the selection of tools is limited. The equipment present includes rowing machines, weights, treadmills, stationary cycle – the likes found in usual gyms. The room is well maintained, as everything is sterilized for safety and water is constantly stocked.
Sauna sessions are great for following up on a workout. Found between the changing rooms and the swimming pool, there is both a wet and dry sauna as well as a shower with a simple warm/cold button activation. A jacuzzi is also in the room but is presently closed due to maintenance.
Nothing sounds more attractive than a warm pool during a wet, cold day in January. The pool maintains a solid 26ºC and is about 25 meters long, great for laps. The interior lighting is moody, and the atmosphere is tranquil. Caps are needed, just so that guests don’t get a mouthful of someone else’s hair. The by-the-pool seats are more like sofas and the pool menu is done 'PuLi-style'.
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The restaurant is the hotel’s star dining area, for both dinner and breakfast. Off the a la carte menu, some highlight dishes include the beef tartare, which is prepped in front guests and has an interesting spin on spice with pickled chilis. There is the stewed rabbit, which has a silky composition and a fine gravy that doesn’t overpower the senses. Breakfast is alright. The continental buffet has a mix of East and West (nothing too remarkable) and guests can order usuals like an Egg's Benedict or fluffy pancakes.
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If interested in doing a staycation at PuLi, know that SmartTicket is selling two different all-inclusive one-night stay deals. The Deluxe King Room package includes a deluxe king room with a complimentary mini-bar (an upgrade to the grand room upon request), daily breakfasts at the restaurant, laundry service and one afternoon tea for two; for 2,021rmb a night. The Deluxe Suite package features the deluxe suite with mini-bar, the same breakfast deal and laundry service benefit, as well as a complimentary bottle of champagne and 800rmb F&B credit coupon for the stay; for 3,888rmb a night. Click right here for the PuLi Staycation Package.