By Hart Hagerty
August 20, 2014
Courtesy of the Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai

Shanghai’s luxury hotels raise the bar high for the rest of the world. Top properties are ready to please every breed of discerning traveler, from young jetsetters to investment bankers. Not surprisingly, Shanghai’s haute hotel scene is mostly dominated by blingy business hotels. Every few months, familiar names like Shangri-La and Four Seasons roll out red carpets for China’s high-rollers flooding local business districts. Decked out in marble and crystal, these hotels exceed even the expectations of seasoned CEOs with unlimited expense accounts. The Mandarin Oriental Pudong is the most opulent of the newest openings. Another lush Lujiazui oasis is the Ritz-Carlton Pudong, whose stylish design and proximity to swanky IFC mall make it a choice stay for fashionable, young Chinese elite. Beyond the bling, The Puli and Park Hyatt offer a more restrained Asian elegance, with quiet luxury and ultra-modern ambience. It’s the opposite on the Bund, where luxury hotels reflect the Art Deco history and glamorous heritage of old Shanghai. And no place does old-world glamour in Shanghai better than The Peninsula. 

The Puli Hotel and Spa

The Puli Hotel and Spa is a striking, modern “urban resort.” The serene, exclusive oasis feels hidden away from busy city life, despite its prime location in the heart of Jing’An. Its 229 rooms and suites feature clean, contemporary lines and smart designs like dark wood furniture and sliding silk screens. Subtle Asian accents like terracotta statues, Han dynasty sculptures, and Buddha heads complement the pared-back, sensual aesthetics. 

The Ritz-Carlton Pudong

Another sky-high luxury hotel, The Ritz Carlton Pudong occupies the top 18 floors of the swanky IFC shopping mall. Guests taking the lift up to the lobby get a hint of the luxury to come, even the elevators are wallpapered in ruby red exotic stingray skins. It’s an unapologetically opulent reminder that The Ritz is not one to skimp on the little things. After all, attention to fine detail is what helped the hotel snag a Travel + Leisure World’s Best award.