Lovemarylu for Lanson Place Aroma Gardens

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a great week so far and it’s time to celebrate the weekend! As mentioned previously, I was accommodated by Lanson Place for the duration of the stay in Shanghai, China. For the first two nights, we stayed at the Lanson Place Jin Qiao which is on the East side of the Huang Pu River and for the remaining 3 nights, we stayed at Lanson Place Aroma Gardens which is situated on the West side of the Huang Pu River.

Lanson Place Aroma Gardens, another serviced apartment, opened up for business only in April 2015 which means the residence is brand spanking new inside and outside. The one thing you must understand about Lanson Place is that the standard of service has been impeccable and the same throughout the group. You can expect the same scent in the lobby and the same comfortability, landscape and design. The only thing that may vary the is the book collection. 🙂




The staff are friendly and efficient and I was welcomed with open arms into the new residence. The hotel manager, Joshua, was nothing less than professional and welcomed me with a wonderful message set right next to the Nespresso machine. The staff who works at the lobby are available around the clock to ensure that the guests are enjoying their stay 100%, may it be booking taxis or other concierge services you can expect at a normal hotel. Similar to Lanson Place Jin Qiao, Aroma Gardens offers continental breakfast during the weekdays between 7am and 10am and room cleaning services on the daily. Unfortunately, our stay coincided with the Dragon Boat Festival in China so breakfast was temporarily suspended due to the public holiday. Fortunately for us, that was no inconvenience at all because we went out for breakfast at local restaurants close to the residence.





Our room was on the 15th floor with spectacular views of Shanghai. The residence and our unit had a wonderful new smell to it, which I love (everyone loves new stuff). The apartment had a kitchen conjoined with the lounge area, a balcony, a study area, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and the master bedroom had a spacious dressing area with a view of the city. Again, it was clearly much too big for E and I but we definitely did not complain about that, plus we had a friend join us for a night at our apartment. There was plenty of cupboard space available and the design of the unit is cosy, sleek and modern. There’s a tv in very room and the number of channels available will keep you very entertained for hours. Luckily for us, it didn’t rain for the 3 days that we were there so we went out and about to explore the city of Shanghai.







The residence is very well located, The Yu Yuan metro station is only 2 blocks away from the residence and there are restaurants and fruit shops all within walking distance to the residence. There’s also a cafe downstairs, on the ground floor of the residence for the convenience of the guests as well as to the public at large. If it’s your first time traveling to Shanghai, I definitely recommend staying at Lanson Place Aroma Garden because all the great tourist attractions are conveniently within walking distance. The Bund, which is equivalent to the promenade along the Huang Pu River is approximately 1.5km away from the residence and the famous Nan Jing Road, great for shopping and eatery is located about 1km away from the residence. Everything is pretty much walking distance, unless you are traveling to the airport, a taxi is only a phone call away by the friendly concierge services at the residence. Surprisingly, the residence is very quiet despite that it is located in a prime area with people out and about around the clock, so the guests can get proper rest during their stay at the residence.



The lounge available in the residence is serene and a great place to unwind and relax with a bottle of wine. Together with the lounge, the residence also offers a business centre equipped with 2 computers, a printer and a large meeting/conference room for all your business needs. Of course we cannot forget about the gym, it is fully equipped with cardio machines, weight machines and a fairly large studio separate to the rest of the gym perfect for yoga and pilates.

I definitely recommend Lanson Place Aroma Gardens in Shanghai whether you’re looking for accommodation for short or long lease, their quality and standard of service never fails to impress! Hope you enjoyed this review and the pictures!

With love…xxx

Ding Tai Fung Shanghai

Hi everyone! Hope you all have a great week ahead! If there’s one thing that makes my day without fail, every single time, that would be food… well and also puppies. I’m a huge fan of great food and especially enjoyed with great company, that’s why I always make an effort to go to at least one famous restaurant when I travel. Since I was in Shanghai, China, I couldn’t say no to eating at Ding Tai Fung in XinTianDi. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically the only asian restaurant that holds a Michelin Star and various celebrities from all over the world have tried and tested the delicacies offered by Ding Tai Fung. The most famous dish is the “Xiao Long Bao” which is a small, delicate, steamed bun with a filling of your choice but that’s not all, it contains soup. The correct way to eating these soup-filled buns is to very carefully place one on your soup spoon, bite off a small piece of the skin and then proceed to slurp the soup out. Once you’re done drinking the soup then you eat the rest of the bun. 🙂 Simple no?

The Xiao Long Bao (small cage bun – direct translation) is not the only dish Ding Tai Fung offers though, they also offer various other dishes, noodles, fried rice and traditional Chinese desserts. We like to try the food from Ding Tai Fung everywhere we go and so far it has been the same. The chefs who make the Xiao Long Bao are only trained to master the art of making the Xiao Long Bao, which means they ensure that the pastry is the perfect thickness and the bun is perfectly crafted to ensure that no soup is leaked out during the steaming process. Hope you enjoy the photos and it made your Monday to some extent! 🙂













With love…xxx

LoveMaryLu for Lanson Place Jin Qiao

Hi everyone! If you follow me on social media and especially Snapchat, you probably know that I was away during the past week in Shanghai, China. To give you a little background, my family was originally from there and in Shanghai, they have their own dialect, but it was never spoken at home so I can’t speak or understand much of it. The last time I visited Shanghai was about 10 years ago, so this year I decided that it was time I returned for another visit to go back to my roots. 🙂 Essentially, I was a tourist there because I didn’t know where anything was but luckily I had a friend that was visiting Shanghai from South Africa too, plus I can speak Mandarin so communication wasn’t an issue for me. I’ll be writing a series of posts about my visit to Shanghai including a review of the 2 hotels which accommodated me during my stay in Shanghai and the city in general, some tips and so fourth.


I was in Shanghai for a total of 5 nights and the first 2 nights, I stayed at Lanson Place Jin Qiao, which was a serviced apartment (pretty much the same as a hotel). The residence belongs to the same hotel group that accommodated us during our stay in Hong Kong, click here to read my review. The major part of Shanghai is separated by the West and East side of the HuangPu River which runs through the city. The hotel which we stayed at for the first 2 nights is located on the East side of the HuangPu River, which is the same side as the airport. Due to our delay at the Hong Kong airport, we only arrived at the residence late into the evening.

One thing I MUST comment on is the scent of the reception as you step into the residence, it smells exactly like the Lanson Place in Hong Kong and since I had such great memories during my stay at Lanson Place in Hong Kong, I automatically felt welcomed and at home when I stepped into Lanson Place Jin Qiao in Shanghai.


The residence is conveniently located right opposite a shopping mall filled with shops and restaurants and also one street away from the metro station. It rained continuously for the first 2 days we were there but I didn’t mind because the residence was so beautifully decorated on the inside, I could spend countless hours downstairs cuddling with a book on the couch in the numerous lounges the residence offers. The lounge was my favourite part of the residence as it boasts wall to wall shelves of luxurious books, with fictions, non-fictions and magazines that cover almost every topic. There were also numerous books on traveling, which made me leaving the residence to explore the greater city of Shanghai even more difficult than it already is. There were also shelves of DVD’s to choose from to make staying indoors ever-more-bearable especially on those rainy days.





The apartment unit that we stayed in was equally impressive because it was spacious and modern. The best part is that it felt like home; it was cosy and comfortable, like how a home should be. Our unit had 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining room conjoined with the lounge area and a balcony, which was obviously too big for just E and I, but we didn’t mind because that just means we can walk around freely without bumping into each other. 🙂 As expected, the residence is well-kept, clean (very important for me) and the amenities provided ensure that you’re well taken care of during your stay.



Eventually when the rain does stop, the residence boasts a beautiful and enchanting garden, perfect for picnics and lunches when the sun comes out. Luckily on our last day, it stopped raining so we could explore the garden area at Lanson Place.



The main difference between a typical hotel and a serviced residence is that there are no restaurants in the serviced residence. Breakfast is typically served during the weekday from 7am to 10am downstairs in the lounge area. It was a continental breakfast buffet that had a variety of fruits, yogurts, cereals, cold meats, cheeses and breads to offer. The best part about Shanghai is that food is readily available pretty much everywhere, the fact that the residence is located right opposite a mall makes eating out even more convenient. However, if you would much prefer to eat in then I’m sure the kitchen will come in handy and ordering food over the phone from various restaurants is easy and convenient in Shanghai.


One of the perks in staying at Lanson Place Jin Qiao is that there are still reception and concierge services on the ground floor so if you ever need tourist information or you need a cab, the friendly staff downstairs are always willing to help. Typically, these serviced residences cater for those who are looking for a long-term rental such as months or even a year, which explains why it’s less busy with people going in and out constantly compared to a hotel.


Lastly, a services residence or a hotel isn’t complete without a gym for me. Lanson Place Jin Qiao offers a full equipped gym which is accessible to all the guests staying at Lanson Place, as long as the guest has an access card. I couldn’t help myself but to use the facilities of course, just because I’m on holiday, doesn’t mean that I can’t be at gym doing my exercise. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post and found my review helpful, if you find yourself in Shanghai one day. Make sure you check back for my other Shanghai posts! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

With love…xxx