Review: The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan Luxury Suite

I recently visited Shenzhen (China), a destination that wasn’t on top of my list of “places to visit” but The SPG Traveler kept raving about both the Westin & St. Regis, so I decided it was worth making a little detour from Hong Kong.

To visit Shenzhen, you don’t have to get a visa in advance for China, all you need is a “5 day Shenzhen visa” which you can easily get after clearing immigration at the Hong Kong – China border (Lo Wu station) and it costs 168 CNY (~€22).

Read more about the 5 days Shenzhen visa – including walkthrough & pictures

Do keep in mind that you are not allowed to leave the Shenzhen area, so no side-trips in China! Also worth mentioning is that US & French passport holders cannot get this type of visa.

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan

I took the MTR from Hong Kong to Lo Wu station, got the visa, crossed the border into China and continued on Subway Line 1 to metro stop “Window of the World”.  Travelling from downtown HK to Shenzhen will take approximately 1,5h – 2h including the process of obtaining a visa. There are dedicated lines for foreigners at the immigration offices which speeds things up a lot – queues for mainland China residents seemed quite long.

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan is adjacent to Yitian Holiday Plaza, an upscale shopping center that even has a indoor ice skate rink.

Luxury Suite

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan is a SPG Category 4 hotel, which means 10.000 Starpoints for a free night. I already redeemed points for the W Bangkok (10.000) & St. Regis Shenzhen (12.000) so I decided to pay for the room: 1200 CNY or €160 for one night. Thanks to my SPG Platinum status I was upgraded to a Luxury Suite with a great view over Window of the World – located right across the street.

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan - Welcome amenity

Welcome amenity – SPG Lifetime Platinum

The delicious personalised welcome amenity – loved it – but unfortunately I’m not a Marriott SPG Lifetime Platinum member yet! 😉

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan - Luxury Suite Living Room

Living room

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan - Luxury Suite-4

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan - Luxury Suite Massage chair

Massage chair

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan - Luxury Suite massage chair controls

Massage chair controls

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan - Luxury Suite desk & meeting space

Desk & meeting space

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan - Luxury Suite bedroom

Bedroom

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan - Luxury Suite bedroom

 

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan - Luxury Suite

Privacy between bedroom & bathroom

For those looking to redeem points at the hotel: you can also redeem 750 Starpoints (or pay 42 CNY ~ €6) for a pack of condoms from the minibar although I’m not sure this activity qualifies for a “SPG MOMENT“.

Hotel facilities

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan - Gym

Gym

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan - swimming pool

Swimming pool

view from The Westin Shenzhen - Window of the World

view from The Westin Shenzhen – Window of the World

Food options

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan - seafood buffet at Seasonal Tastes

Seafood buffet at Seasonal Tastes

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan - Grange Grill

Grange Grill

The Westin Shenzhen Nashan - breakfast

breakfast buffet

I also checked out the Westin Executive Club Lounge for Happy hour (5.30PM – 7.30PM), but didn’t stay too long. Nevertheless, it’s a nice & spacious lounge with lots of chairs for relaxing or working.
In the morning I decided not to have breakfast at the lounge, but at “Seasonal Tastes” instead – the all-day dining restaurant. I really dislike taking pictures of a buffet, but I did share a “walk through” of the restaurant on Snapchat… – so feel free to look for me there next time when I’m travelling.

Things I really like about The Westin Shenzhen

  • The massage chair in the room is absolutely fantastic. I spent more than 30 minutes in the chair – twice – and feel asleep both times!
  • Food options in general – nice breakfast buffet, seafood looked awesome (didn’t eat lunch there, just snapped some pics), Grange Grill had the best meat,  etc etc. Stuffed.
  • View from the outdoor bar & terrace at Grange Grill and from the Luxury Suite
  • Welcome amenity – (huge) personalized chocolate bar, because a bottle of wine with a printed card is so 2010.
  • Gym
  • Location: next to subway stop, across from Window of the World, adjacent to shopping mall, …
  • Shrimp Dumpling flavoured with truffle & charcoal – available at Five Sen5es
  • The Oysters are better at the Westin than they are at the St. Regis 😉

Things that made me go “Hmmmmm…”

  • The doorman: I arrived at the hotel around 11.15 and as I walked in (with my big backpack) the doorman approached me & informed me 3 times in just under 60 seconds that it was too early to check-in & that the room wouldn’t be ready yet. Perhaps that’s up to the desk agent to tell me? What if I was using the Your24 benefit?
  • Interior design of the room – just not my cup of tea
  • I ate too much.

Bottom line: I like the hotel, the team took great care of me and I would definitely stay at The Westin Shenzhen again if I were in the area.

Up next: Review of the St. Regis Shenzhen

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