Shangri-La @ the Shard, London

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I managed to grab a great Virtuoso deal on a stay at this hotel, where they were running a stay 4, pay 3, in addition to their standard virtuoso benefits of early check in/ late check out, a F&B credit and a room upgrade.

Given the hotel is located in the Shard the rooms are all of differing room sizes

I was lucky enough to stay in a corner room with plenty of space and great views across to London Bridge

As I arrived super late (midnight) turndown service had already been undertaken

Sweet view from my room

Bath set up was pretty good, although can imagine it gets messy when using the handheld nozzle

I headed up to the pool the next morning (in the dark). It was quite well done for an indoor pool, and being saltwater, avoided the overly chlorinated smell

The gym was a definite weak spot of the hotel, with very sparse equipment and space

I still managed to make it in on a couple of mornings, and the view was certainly spectacular on the rowing machine, once the sun woke up

Sunrise over the Thames and Canary Wharf

Another view out the windows from the room across the Thames

And looking the other direction down the river (this was from the lobby windows)

Went for a wander one evening after dinner

And the same location during the day

Some more morning shots

And some more shots of the room by night

Not a bad view from the bath!

Japanese style bathrooms, including heated seats!

The afternoon of my departure I was also lucky enough to organise a view of some of the other rooms. It was interesting to note that not all rooms have bathrooms with windows. I guess this makes sense given the odd shape of the building, but this was in fact a higher tier room than the one I stayed in.

Culminating in a tour of the Presidential Suite, retailing @ GBP$10k/night.

Summing up

This hotel certainly wins for novelty factor being so high up and getting great vistas of London.

It is convenient with a tube station practically connected, and a short stroll to Borough Market around the corner.

That said, some may find the location south of the Thames a bit far from the action depending on the type of stay (leisure vs business etc).

Service was generally friendly, although the breakfast was at times a little chaotic with what appeared to be newer staff. Unless there was another promotion running I’ll be checking out another Virtuoso property next time I’m in town.

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