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