Top 5 Luxury Hotels in Shanghai
Best Shanghai Luxury Hotels: The Portman Ritz-Carlton
In the center of the Nanjing Road shopping district, the staff at The Portman Ritz-Carlton know how to take care of their VIP clientelle like President Bill Clinton and the other dignitaries who have stayed there. In fact, every guest experiences that warm hosptality and attentive service. Filled with modern luxuries and classic touches, the design of the lavish Presidential Suite is impressive. The Club Loungue, many restaurants, roof top pool and health club, lobby bar with live jazz, and central location make The Ritz-Carlton a perfect location for a Shanghai adventure.
Best Shanghai Luxury Hotels: Fairmont Peace Hotel
Located on the Bund, the Fairmont Peace Hotel overlooks the Huangpu River. For more than eight decades, this glamorous property has hosted elite guests including American Presidents and celebrities. The Fairmont Peace Hotel recently underwent a three year restoration. The luxurious rooms in this historic peace keeping hotel range from the beautifully appointed Fairmont Room to the lavish Nine Nations Suites and Sassoon Presidential Suite. The Jazz Bar at the Peace Hotel harkens back to the clubs from the 20s and 30s with a classic cocktail menu and music performed by Theo Croker.
Best Shanghai Luxury Hotels:The Park Hyatt
Located in the Lajiazui business district of Pudong, The Park Hyatt Shanghai features modern design and breathtaking panoramic city views. With 174 rooms from the 79 to 93 floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center, the hotel is home to the Water's Edge spa with a 20 metre infinity pool. The hotel offers both European and Asian cuisines and cocktail lounges. Be sure to also visit the other Hyatt property to have a cocktail in the Cloud 9 bar located on the 87th floor of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai.
Best Shanghai Luxury Hotels: The Ritz-Carlton Pudong
One of the newest properties in Shanghai, The Ritz-Carlton Pudong integrates luxury hotel accommodations with offices and high end retail. Find the sparkling Louis Vuilton store facade in the complex and many dazzling elements inside the hotel. The property features 285 luxury rooms and suites, four reataurants including the rooftop Flair designed by renowned Japanese architecture firm Superpotato. With the Oriental Pearl Tower so close to Flair's outdoor lounge, guests will feel the pulse of modern Shanghai and see spectacular views of the Bund. Throughout the building the most modern design element mix with classic Shanghai to create an atmosphere of warmth and sophistication.
Best Shanghai Luxury Hotels: The Langham Yangtze Boutique
The Langham Yangtze Boutique hotel celebrates the romance of the 1930s. Step inside the art deco stylings of this gorgeous space. Many of the fashionable 96 rooms come with private balconies. Visit Chuan Spa for theraputic treatment and T'ang Court restaurant to taste shark fin, abalone and dim sum delicacies. The property sits conventiently located close to the Shanghai Art Museum and the Nanjing Road shopping district. On Sunday morning, stroll through nearby People's Park to see the older Shanghainese staying fit with excercise, dance routines and tai chi.
More luxurious accommodations in Shanghai include The Four Seasons, The Shangri-La, The Peninsula, St. Regis, and Waldorf Asotria. A visit to the sites and sounds of Shanghai reveals some of the true marvels of Chinese design, culture, and traditions.
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