Photo courtesy of InterContinental Shanghai Pudong, Shanghai
InterContinental Shanghai Pudong, Shanghai
Opened in 1996 in the heart of the Lujiazui finance and trade zone as Pudong’s first five-star hotel—and the first InterContinental in Mainland China—this tower resembles a book with a gleaming glass spine. Its location places it a five-minute walk from Century Avenue metro station and close to Fuxing Road East cross-river tunnel, allowing easy access to the city. Inside, the soaring atrium lobby creates a sense of openness, while contemporary rooms come in light, calm tones; select accommodations come with a sunken tub in the bathroom.
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Shoppers prize the proximity to Pacific Digital Plaza mall, which is next door. The 96 Plaza and Next Age malls (the latter chock-full of luxury shops and car showrooms) are marginally farther away. A short taxi ride from the hotel, and next to Century Park, the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum has 13 permanent exhibits and four science theaters—the largest education cinemas in Asia. For venturing to other neighborhoods, the Century Avenue station, the large interchange on the metro line connecting four lines, is a five-minute walk away.
Need to Know
Rooms: 384 rooms, 14 suites. From $575. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: All-day dining options of Asian and Western dishes are available at Level 1 restaurant. Oriental House has seven private dining rooms and a menu that features Shanghainese and dim sum plates. Order afternoon tea, cocktails, wine, and beer at Lounge 777. Spa and gym details: Vita Spa offers the usual massages, wraps, and body treatments. The 24-hour health and fitness center has cardio and weight equipment. There is also an on-site pool.
Who it's for: Business executives—the hotel has impressive meeting spaces—and older couples. Our favorite rooms: The Premier Room, at 720 square feet, is a little haven designed for relaxation. It has a 42-inch LCD television, automatic blinds, a walk-in wardrobe, and a sunken bathtub. Outdoor exercise: Every morning, by the entrance of the hotel, a tai chi is class organized by the elderly living nearby. Guests are welcome to participate.