What sets The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong apart from Shanghai’s many other upscale hotels is its design, location, service and 58th-floor bar, Flair. While many hotels hew either contemporary or traditional with its décor, the Four-Star hotel blends both styles. The rooms offer a modern interpretation of Shanghai’s Art Deco decadence, with details like a sheer, shimmery cream drape with tan branches and pale blue flowers at the head of a white scalloped-edged tub, and a metal cutout decorative screen with an Asian woman in a long, flowing gown.
The luxury hotel also has a great location, about a half a block from a station for the line 2 Metro, one of the most well-connected lines on Shanghai’s easy-to-navigate system. It’s also a stone’s throw from the Shanghai World Financial Center, the city’s tallest building, and the futuristic-looking Oriental Pearl Tower. Both soaring structures have observation decks.
When it comes to service, the staff members at the Shanghai hotel are pros. They are warm, knowledgeable and always accessible without being intrusive. They’ll walk you to the subway, draw a map for getting to a particular restaurant or arrange a free babysitter for you. With Flair, the Ritz has managed to set up a bar that’s as hot with hotel guests as it is with those living in Shanghai. This is mostly thanks to a large terrace, where you can relax in one of the comfy alfresco sofas and admire the staggering views of the Bund and the Pudong skyline with a cocktail.