The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai is different from other hotels because it was the first outpost of the brand in China and remains the country’s flagship property. Plus, the 610-room hotel is the largest in Shanghai. Another distinctive feature of the Four-Star hotel is its location; the Ritz is hidden away in the Shanghai Centre complex — you might miss it if you don’t keep an eye out. It shares space with boutiques, a theater, a hair salon and several restaurants, including Baker & Spice bakery, hoF Chocolate Boutique and Starbucks. Since it’s on Nanjing Xi Road, you can walk the full length of popular shopping street (all 3.4 miles of it), hitting endless sites, including People’s Park and, eventually, the Bund waterfront. The city’s famous Buddhist Jing’an Temple is just a short stroll away. Another standout at the Shanghai hotel is Palladio, an upscale Northern Italian restaurant that’s known for its handmade pastas and top-notch wine list.