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Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai 

33 Fu Cheng Lu
China 200120
Tel: 866 565 5050 (toll-free)
Tel: 86 21 6882 8888
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With its new 36-floor glass tower, the Shangri-La is set to give its Pudong competitors a run for their money. It may not tower as high as the Grand Hyatt, but this hotel's gorgeous views stretch across the Huangpu River to the stately Bund and rival those of its taller (and sometimes more fogged-in) neighbor. All of the 950 modern rooms are unfussy, accented with Asian touches such as raw silk throws and pillows. Rooms also have broadband Internet, and satellite TV—just be sure to request accommodation that overlooks the water. Not one but two indoor pools and full-service gymnasiums satisfy the sporty, while those hoping to unwind can enjoy a massage in the Oriental opulence of the Chi spa. Eleven restaurants offer options to suit every taste, but there is no better place for a drink and nibble than Jade on 36, an eclectic fusion restaurant perched on the 36th floor. Though the Pudong location means that during rush hour (4 p.m.-9 p.m.) it can take 45 minutes to get downtown by car, taxis are cheap and plentiful, and those in a hurry can hop on the metro, which is only a five-minute walk from the hotel.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
The two towers' "fantastic location" on the Bund enables easy riverfront access. Staff maintain "magnificent attention to detail without suffocating you." Spacious rooms in the River Wing are "tasteful, with lovely brocade spreads and crystal chandeliers," and overlook the "fascinating Huangpu River"; Grand Tower rooms are contemporary, and have modern artwork. At Jade on 36, the new brunch menu offers unlimited champagne.

(952 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 97.2
  • Design: 98.8
  • Service: 97.4
  • Food: 96.1
  • Location: 94.7
  • Rooms: 96.8

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005

Amenities: Pool, Spa, Tennis

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