The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong
What We Love
- Sipping creative concoctions at Flair, one of the city’s most spectacular rooftop bars
- The all-out glamour of the mod Art Deco design
- WiFi is free
What To Know
- The location is better suited to business travelers, although a nearby subway station means you can be on the Bund in less than 20 minutes
- Shanghai is infamously smoggy, and the fantastic views afforded by the hotel are often obscured
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Shanghai is turning into something of a hotel lover’s dream, with new properties popping up at an astounding rate, from chic design hotels to Art Deco grande dames. The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong falls between the two, balancing the allure of Old Shanghai with stylish Chinese swagger. Art Deco devotees will be utterly charmed by the 1930s feel of the Aura Lobby Lounge — all shimmering pearl walls, luminous jade pillars and beautifully lit Lalique glass. Design fans will love the chrome accents and cube-like sofas at Flair Bar, put together by the top Tokyo creatives at Super Potato Design.
Bed & Bath
The 285 seductive guestrooms come with all you’d expect from a luxury hotel brand. Muted tones mix with geometric bronze patterns on the walls, Deco-inspired furniture and swathes of damask silk on the large windows. The marble bathrooms, which have smoked glass panels, rain showers and copper clawfoot tubs, are a real highlight — especially in the suites that boast tubs by the window. But stealing the show are the stupendous Bund and river views: sweeping and panoramic but not so far away that you can’t see the detail.
Listen to some live saxophone and lounge on a red silk sofa while taking afternoon tea in the Aura Lobby Lounge. A great wall of windows provides breathtaking panoramas of the Bund and bustling Huangpu River. This view can also be enjoyed from the hotel’s two flagship restaurants: Scena, which serves high-end Italian comfort food, and Cantonese eatery Jin Xuan. After dinner take the elevator to the 58th-floor rooftop bar, where local scenesters sip delicious cocktails while soaking up the panoramic city views from the split-level terrace (book a table in advance to ensure upfront seating). Take it back down a notch at the light-flooded indoor infinity pool, or slow to a snail’s pace with a 90-minute Jade Qui Yun massage and facial at the ESPA spa.
In the Area
Perfectly situated in the middle of the Lujiazui business district, the hotel is orbited by some of Shanghai’s newest and most impressive buildings. Stroll along Century Boulevard and snap a few shots of the ray gun–shaped Oriental Pearl Tower (don’t bother paying to ascend; you’ve got the same view from the hotel). Luxury shopping can be found at the Shanghai IFC, while a slew of retail opportunities await at the Super Brand Mall. Apart from hotel bars and restaurants, there’s not a lot in the way of drinking and dining in the area, but the trendy terrace at Matto makes a smart stopping-off point.
How to Get There
The Ritz Carlton Pudong was spectacular, the service provided was.beyond our expectations , I’m a seasoned traveler so I don’t impress easily, the room, the people food location were spectacular, but let’s talk about about and beyond our expectations, I purchased some gold bars at a jewelry store only to find that you can’t take over 50 grams per trip. They wouldn’t let us out of the country with it but told us if we lived it behind no proble. With no friends in China I called the hotel and Adrian the hospitality mgr and mike the head concierge sent someone to get the gold from us and held it till we could fly back and get rid of it it was around 25K worth of gold and we didn’t want to lose it, they help us solve the proble like you have no idea. WARNING DONT BUY GOLD IN EXCESS OF 50 GRAMS PERPERSON, IT IS OK FOR THE US TO BRING IT DUTY FREE BUT CHINA DOSENT LIKE YOU TO OWN THEIR GOLD BARS EVEN IF YOU BUY THEM AT A JEWLERY STORE AND HAVE ALL RECIPTS WITH YOU. IF ITS ILIGAL WHY DO THEY SELL IT “BEWARE”
We stayed here 4 nights in a room with view of the Bund. Upon arrival we checked in at the lounge, because it was busy downstairs. We toom the club lounge acces and it was worth every penny. The hotel is in a building IFC. The room was great, space enough with a big bed, very comfertable, a bath in the middle of the bathroom and a seperate shower and toilet. You also have coffee and tea facilities. The view from our room was great, right at the Bund.
The club lounge is very good, They serve breakfast here, do that it is very good. They also serve troughout the day some other snacks. Do the high tea and go there in the evening very good small dishes. We lovend it, especially the cheesecake. That was very good. The staf is very nice and helpfull, special Thanks to Helen. She made our stay like feeling at home.
So if you go to this hotel take the club lounge, you wont regret it. The cappucino was 👍.
Every night from 6 Pm you get a free lightshow on the Bund.
We spent 3 nights at this outstanding property in the Pudong district in Shanghai after arriving from a very long flight from Toronto. The concierge team of Toni, Mike, and Blanco were instrumental in planing a unique experience for us and organized our entire visit before our arrival. They are extremely knowledgeable about the city and very prompt and professional when responding to all our requests. Also, thank you to Shelley from the guest recognition team for surprising us with that beautiful amenity that cold afternoon.
In a nutshell, the service was pure and absolutely Ritz-Carlton excellence.
We have been multiple times in Shanghai and I believe we have found our home away from home.
We stayed here a few days just before the Chinese new year. It was not so busy. We had a room with view of the Bund. The view was great. The room is big, wit a seperate shower and toilet and a bath in the middle of the bathroom (between the sinks). Good towels and a lot of animinities. Choose a room with view on the Bund. At 18.00 h the lightshow on the Bund starts, dont miss that.
The bed is very good and big. There is also place to sit and enjoy the view outside. The rooms are quiet. We also had a acces to the lounge. That was great, They serve a great choice of food throughout the day with great coffee and great cheesecake and more. You can also use the breakfast here. We liked the breakfast here more than in the restaurant. In the afternoon you can enjoy a high tea in the lounge. In the evening you have enough choice for a little dinner. Very good!
The people in the lounge are very nice and helpfull. You can ask anything. A very specials Thanks to Helen and Wayne. Also go up to the bar/restaurant Flair. The view from there is great, but Be sure to go outside and enjoy the great view at night. It is fenomenale.
From the hotel you can easily acces the Metro from the inside off the IFC mall. Go down to LG2 and follow the sign of the metro.
The hotel lies perfectly for exploring Shanghai.
We love this hotel.
We've stayed at several Ritz-Carlton properties and this one has to rank among the best, especially if you are lucky enough to experience the Club Lounge. The staff there -- including Helen, Wendy, Wayne, Anderson, and Emre -- all took excellent care of us during our short 2-day visit. Everyone from the hotel concierge desk (who helped make airport transportation and tour arrangements prior to our visit) to the bell staff to the gentlemen at the front door were all incredibly professional and courteous.
The Club Lounge was definitely a highlight, and if you can afford the upgrade we highly recommend it. Outstanding views of the Bund, terrific service and perks, and always tons of food no matter what time of day. Don't miss the made-to-order items such as omelets, pastas, and noodle soups!
The hotel is connected to the IFC Mall with a metro station. However, we found it quite easy (and very inexpensive) to get around using Didi, the Chinese version of Uber. There is an English language version you can easily download and set up with your credit card. We used Didi to get to and from tours, dinner reservations and even to the Baoshan terminal to meet our cruise ship.
(Finally, another warning about the laundry charges. We had read the TripAdvisor reviews and still thought "How bad can it be?" Well, prepared to be shocked. We had been traveling for a month and were in Shanghai to jump on a cruise ship for a two-week journey, so wanted to start our trip with clean clothes. They do a great job and turned everything around quickly -- for a steep fee. Caveat emptor.)