The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai
If you are searching to remain on the Pudong side of the river, then this plum perch above Shanghai’s fiscal epicentre is ultra easy. It is directly over the IFC mall full of luxury brand flagships, an superb supermarket and a lot of eateries. Lujiazui metro station on Line 2 can be in the cellar, linking with both the city airports, the MagLev train and Shanghai’s legacy neighbourhoods throughout the water. Tourist attractions in the immediate area include Shanghai Tower, Oriental Pearl Tower, Aurora Museum along with the Ocean Aquarium.
Style & personality
Arriving in The Ritz-Carlton feels just like being beamed up to a cloud-top hideaway where richly decorated interiors vie for attention with sparkly Shanghai vistas at every turn; appropriate for business and leisure travelers alike. The romantic hexagonal lobby places an indulgent tone with red eel-skin wrought iron walls, cushioned enclaves and Art Deco chandeliers. A jazz soundtrack increases the 1930s-era allure.
Service & amenities
The Forbes Five-star-rated Ritz-Carlton Spa is a marbled retreat 55-storeys over the town with views so spectacular that you will barely wish to lie face down to your own treatment. We advise that you do however, as you would not need miss among the locally-inspired remedies, such as the profoundly relaxing Tai Chi Yun mixing Chinese acupressure and essential oil massage. A dreamy swimming pool using sky-high views along with also the 24-hour gym must also not be missed.
The hot, wood panelled guestrooms have Art Deco flourishes from the artistic metallic displays and geometric textured wall coverings. Marble baths amp up the glam factor with enormous winged baths, gold drapes and fragrant Asprey bath solutions. A window-front couch is the best place to take in amazing skyline views which burst into vibrant color after dark.
Food & beverage
Pick from elegant Cantonese at a single Michelin-star Jin Xuan restaurant around the 53rd floor, or healthy Italian cuisine at Scena, where pastoral beams, cosy nooks and floor-to-ceiling views set the scene for an iconic meal, particularly through the night. Notice: that the huge tiramisu is to-die-for. Aura Lounge is the place for high tech and evening jazz washed down with 30 kinds of Rose Champagne.
But the actual showstopper is 58th-floor rooftop lounge Flair. From the split-level alfresco terrace that the cherry balls of the Oriental Pearl Tower seem almost touchable, and on a transparent day the neon lights extend into the horizon.
Value for cash
Double rooms from 2,915 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (#330) in low season; also out of 3,265 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (#369) at large. Breakfast not included, prices 265 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (#30). Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
There are seven fully accessible rooms for wheelchair users, such as one pack. Lifts and degree access to public locations.
The Ritz-Carlton takes particular care of its ‘Ritz Kids’ with everything out of Night Safari tents from the area to Pokemon comforts and artwork tables located around the resort. There is even a 90-minute Junior Hotelier Program for six to 12-year-old budding hoteliers.
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