The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

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This vivacious Art Deco jewel crowning a corporate skytower ticks all the boxes for a pampered east-bank stay, especially with its engaging service, blissful spa and excellent dining options. Alfresco rooftop lounge Flair on the 58th floor is one of Shanghai’s most jaw-dropping vantages.

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Location

If you’re looking to stay on the Pudong side of the river, this plum perch above Shanghai’s financial epicentre is ultra convenient. It’s directly above the IFC mall filled with luxury brand flagships, an excellent supermarket and plenty of eateries. Lujiazui metro station on Line 2 is also in the basement, connecting with both city airports, the MagLev train and Shanghai’s heritage neighbourhoods across the water. Tourist attractions in the immediate vicinity include Shanghai Tower, Oriental Pearl Tower, Aurora Museum and the Ocean Aquarium.

Style & character

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Arriving at The Ritz-Carlton feels like being beamed up to a cloud-top hideaway where richly decorated interiors vie for attention with sparkly Shanghai vistas at every turn; suitable for business and leisure travellers alike. The intimate hexagonal lobby sets an indulgent tone with crimson eel-skin upholstered walls, cushioned enclaves and Art Deco chandeliers. A jazz soundtrack adds to the 1930s-era allure.

Service & facilities

The Forbes Five-star-rated Ritz-Carlton Spa is a marbled retreat 55-storeys above the city with views so spectacular that you’ll barely want to lie face down for your treatment. We recommend you do though, as you wouldn’t want miss one of their locally-inspired therapies, like the deeply relaxing Tai Chi Yun combining Chinese acupressure and essential oil massage. A dreamy swimming pool with sky-high views and the 24-hour gym should also not be missed.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Wi-Fi

The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong via Agoda

Rooms

The warm, wood panelled guestrooms have Art Deco flourishes in the artistic metal screens and geometric textured wall coverings. Marble bathrooms amp up the glam factor with huge winged bathtubs, gold curtains and fragrant Asprey bath products. A window-front sofa is the perfect spot to take in staggering skyline views that burst into brilliant colour after dark.

Food & drink

Choose from refined Cantonese at one Michelin-star Jin Xuan restaurant on the 53rd floor, or wholesome Italian fare at Scena, where rustic beams, cosy nooks and floor-to-ceiling views set the scene for an iconic meal, especially by night. Note: the massive tiramisu is to-die-for. Aura Lounge is the place for high tea and evening jazz washed down with 30 types of Rose Champagne.

But the real showstopper is 58th-floor rooftop lounge Flair. From its split-level alfresco terrace the cherry spheres of the Oriental Pearl Tower appear almost touchable, and on a clear evening the neon lights stretch to the horizon.  

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