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Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, Shanghai 

Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue
China 200120
Tel: 86 21 2020 1888
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Shanghai's second Ritz-Carlton hotel (the Portman Ritz-Carlton is located across the river in Puxi) sits atop the 58-story Shanghai IFC South Tower in Pudong, part of a mixed-use office, residential, and luxury shopping complex with a metro station on its lower level. The 235-room hotel sits in quiet contemplation of the frenzied financial district below. Upon exiting the burgundy stingray-skin lifts into the 52nd-floor lobby, the sharp angles, glossy dark woods, and chrome detailing reference Shanghai's glamorous 1930s Art Deco era with a contemporary twist. But the big attention-grabber is the dramatic view of the Huangpu River and Shanghai's famous skyline (especially dazzling after dark) through floor-to-ceiling windows. Book the Bund-facing rooms, where the huge bed and claw-footed copper bathtub are angled to take in the magnificent sweep of historic buildings along the riverfront. You're more likely to find yourself glued to the vista than to the 42-inch TV screens. Espresso machines, Blu-ray disc players, and Acqua di Parma bath products are some of the luxuries you can expect. Come cocktail hour, head up to the Flair restaurant and bar on the 58th floor. Its stepped, terrace strewn with large loungers has arguably the best views in Shanghai.—Amy Fabris-Shi

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but not #1 service

I have been to both the bar and restaurant in that Ritz-Carlton Pudong and I can tell you the lackluster food, mediocre drinks and the below 5 star service you... more