This huge property comprising two towers—the River Wing and the Grand Tower—showcases Huangpu River views from its position by the riverside promenade. The Grand Tower, designed by New York–based Kohn Pedersen Fox, features 375 rooms and suites, while the more classic River Wing has 577 rooms. High-style restaurants and bars sit between the two. Rooms have crystal chandeliers and a mural of Chinese flowers above the bed. The Gallery, in the Grand Tower, exhibits paintings and sculptures from up-and-coming artists, which rotate each quarter.
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The best of Pudong is at the hotel’s doorstep. Within walking distance are Super Brand and IFC malls, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the adjacent Tadao Ando–designed Aurora Museum, and the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. The 2.5-kilometer, riverside boulevard promenade is a strip of manicured lawns, flowerbeds, and walkways dotted with kiosks along the east bank of the Huangpu River. The promenade stretches from Dongchang Lu and the river ferry terminal in the south to Taidong Lu in the north. It’s Pudong's answer to the Bund and is just across from the property. Pan-fried pork dumplings topped with sesame seeds and spring onions, and known as shenjianbao, cause lines out the door at Xioayang Shengjian. The chain has 30 branches around the city, including one at 1406-1408 Lujiazui Ring Rd.
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Rooms: 886 rooms, 66 suites. From $440. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Yi Café has 10 show kitchens in a walk-through, market-style layout, with cuisines from China, Japan, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, and Europe. The touch of design team Super Potato is evident at Japanese restaurant Nadaman. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Jade on 36, designed by Adam Tihany, has Chinese dishes and Bund views; its bar, emulating a jade jewel box with a plush interior, has vistas to match. Gui Hua Lou revives recipes from the pre-Qin period (200s BC), with stewed, braised, and steamed dishes from Huai’an, Yangzhou, Suzhou, and Shanghai. Spa and gym details: Each building has its own health club, open for 24 hours, and swimming pool open for a few hours less. Chi spa, in the Grand Tower, has nine treatment rooms, Asian wellness treatments, oxygen facials, microdermabrasion, and caviar firming. Tennis players also have a floodlit outdoor court at their disposal.
Who it's for: High-powered executives, business travelers, and luxe leisure travelers who like on-site activities. Our favorite rooms: Horizon Premier Bund rooms in the Grand Tower are standard accommodations but have the layout of suites. A bit of history: At the Grand Tower Horizon Club Lounge, the concierges share stories of the Bund’s past.