Hotel luxury takes on a new level in Asia. The luxury hotels in most major Asian cities are luxurious modern masterpieces. The Ritz Carlton is no exception. There are two Ritz Carlton’s in Shanghai – The Pudong Ritz and the Portman Ritz. I stayed in the Pudong Ritz Carlton, which is the nicer of the two and in a more central location.
The Ritz Carlton Shanghai occupies the top floors of a 58-story tower overlooking the Bund. What’s the Bund? Check out our guide on Shanghai to see a full breakdown of the city. The River View rooms are perhaps the best in the city. The open curtains reveal the stunning Shanghai landscape. I love the contrast of this winding river and massively tall structures along the bend.
The 58th floor contains a rooftop restaurant and bar called Flair. Order the signature cocktail – The Ritz Mojito. It was created to represent the classic, luxurious, old fashioned style of the Ritz Carlton brand. The mojito contains white and aged amber rum, sugar, lim juice and a touch of Reserve Ritz Champagne. Proceed with caution when jet lagged.
My favorite room feature is without a doubt the bathrooms. They’re nearly as big as the room itself. The sliding doors open to a beautiful white tub with sinks on separate sides of the bathroom. It felt like a miniature spa experience within the room. Plus, if you’re like me and get bored easily while doing hair or makeup, there is a TV in the bathroom to keep you entertained.
My inner child was most excited about the Club Level at the Ritz Carlton Shanghai. Rooms with Club Lounge status have access to the space 24-hours a day. There are 5 different food presentations daily – breakfast, lunch, dinner and a multitude of snacks.
Finally, you must make your way to the rooftop pool and fitness center. Overlooking the entire city, the rooftop pool features both a normal swimming pool and various cold/hot pools. It is a great refresher after exploring the city all day long.
While the Ritz Carlton attracts a lot of business travelers, it is also perfect fro leisure travelers who are stopping in Shanghai on their way to other Asian countries. Shanghai is a major international airport hub for flights from the United States and Europe. Want to know more about what you can do in Shanghai? It’s not all big city business! Check out our full Guide to Shanghai!