Established in 1846, the Astor House played a significant role in Shanghai's early modern history.Notable moments include the city's first electric lights (1882) and first telephone call (1901). However, though it was cutting edge back in the days of trolleys and steamships, some guests would tell you that the Astor hasn't quite made it out of the twentieth century. The spacious 134 rooms and suites are fully equipped with safety deposit boxes, refrigerators, Internet, large-screen TVs, and are full of old Shanghai charm.
This central Shanghai hotel is a brilliant example of classic colonial-era architecture, and if you value atmosphere, history and charm, it will be a fantastic place to stay. Just to the north of the Bund across Suzhou Creek, the Astor House is a pleasant ten-minute walk north from Nanjing Dong Lu and its metro station.
Both traditional Shanghainese and Western dishes are available are Richard's Restaurant, while the bar offers light drinks and refreshments.
Guests can sing karaoke or enjoy a relaxing foot massage at the spa. Other facilities include currency exchange services, free parking, and a gift shop.