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
Parking on site
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Glamorous Pudong hotel with a central location, rousing rooftop bar and destination spa
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.