Shanghai's executive hotel floors are a hassle-free place to stay, a haven from the frenetic commercial life of Shanghai, an office for the executive away from home base, or a home away from home.
In a style often reminiscent of the traditional London or New York club, they care for all their guests' (one might almost say members) needs — allowing them to focus on the business of the day or just relax, in private or with convivial company. In the executive lounge, hotel guests are provided with an environment in which they can work or relax as required. Most lounges are equipped with all the facilities of a small office — including meeting rooms — and offer Internet connectivity as standard. The ability to work and hold meetings in the hotel can be a major benefit in Shanghai where traveling around the city can be time consuming — despite the quality of the taxis in the city and the convenience of the metro system.
What kind of guests stay on the executive floors? Hyatt On The Bund sums up the mix saying, "Most of guests staying on the executive floors are corporate FIT guests, with a good mix of MICE group guests. Leisure guests seldom book Executive Floor rooms, but show great interest to our suite series, especially Bund Suites."
As well as breakfast, many executive lounges offer snacks and beverages throughout the day and guests may need to take advantage of free access the hotel's gym to work off the excess pounds.
The Hotel Equatorial Shanghai calls its executive floors its Equator Club. With separate check-in and check-out at the Equator Club Reception on the 26th floor and complimentary pressing of two pieces of clothing on day of arrival, executives are treated with a special level of hospitality. The hotel management says complimentary two-hour use of the boardroom, and late check out are just some of the additional services its guests enjoy.
A personal butler service is one of the perks at the Hilton Shanghai. Executive floor guests can also benefit from two hours of complimentary lounge wireless Internet access per stay, 30 minutes of daily free access to the lounge's two broadband-connected work stations, and the exclusive use of the Executive Lounge Library. Each guest is also entitled to two hours usage per stay of the executive lounge meeting room, which seats up to eight people. Other benefits for rxecutive floor guests include continental breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails with canapes, free access to the hotel's swimming pool, and fitness center.
Other hotels like Sofitel Shanghai Hyland, InterContinental Shanghai Pudong, JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai, Millennium HongQiao Hotel Shanghai, and Radisson Hotel Pudong Century Park have similar services. For the visiting executive, Shanghai offers an array of executive floors and accompanying lounges in all the city's geographic regions.