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The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai, Shanghai 

1376 Nanjing Xi Lu
China 200040
Tel: 86 21 6279 8888
Fax: 86 21 6279 8800
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The Portman Ritz-Carlton was the city's first luxury hotel when it opened in 1998, on the major shopping thoroughfare Nanjing Lu (a second Ritz-Carlton property, located in Pudong, opened in 2010). A circular pale-marble lobby gives way to 610 rooms—request one of the newly renovated ones (the hotel was given a multimillion-dollar, top-to-bottom face-lift at the end of 2008), which feature gleaming dark-wood traditional furniture, accents of gold and brown, and sliding doors that lend an Oriental air. Guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining: There are four house restaurants to choose from, including Palladio, which serves modern Italian dishes in a formal setting. Luxury-brand lovers will delight in the neighboring upscale Plaza 66 mall. Though the hotel is centrally located at the Shanghai Center, surrounding office buildings mean that finding a cab during rush hour can be difficult—hotel guests do get preference in the taxi line, but the queue lengthens noticeably during peak times, from 4 pm until 8 pm.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Standing sentry over bustling Nanjing Road, this contemporary tower promises "a lovely stay" in rooms outfitted with Chinese artwork, onyx panels, and seasonal flowers. "Staff make the difficult seem easy." At Palladio, "the Italian food [like veal Milanese] is as good as it gets," and the centerpiece is an Italian silver urn.

(610 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 94.6
  • Design: 91.7
  • Food: 97.3
  • Location: 91.9
  • Rooms: 94.6
  • Service: 97.3

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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