One of Pudong’s marquee buildings, the Cesar Pelli–designed Shanghai IFC, is the setting for this 285-room property. Occupying the top 18 floors of the South Tower, the Ritz-Carlton opened in June 2010 during the World Expo, themed “Better City, Better Life” and was meant to usher in Shanghai’s status as a global powerhouse. Its design skews modern with hints of 1930s Shanghai art deco, while views take in panoramas of the Bund and its concentration of art deco structures. Guest accommodations start at a roomy 540 square feet, have art deco themes, and include Asprey amenities.
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This is a vertical part of the city, so don’t expect quaint, charming architecture. That said, the river is a five-minute walk away, with fine views of the Bund available from the promenade. Other sights a similar distance from the property include the IFC mall, the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, the iconic, Jetsons-esque Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and the Super Grand Mall. The Aurora Museum has a fine collection of porcelain, Tang dynasty figures, Buddhist art, and jade artifacts.
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Rooms: 233 rooms, 52 suites. From $400. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Scena presents diners with classic Italian dishes. The high-vaulted ceilings add an element of theater to Chinese meals at Jin Xuan; its tea lounge can accommodate 18 guests. Pan-Asian cuisine—from Indian to Indonesian, Vietnamese to Japanese—plus a raw seafood bar, are some of the components of Flair; the drinks menu offers 40 different vodkas. Live jazz, whiskey, and cigars are the attractions of Aura. Spa and gym details: Expect cardio equipment, free weights, a power plate, stretching zones, and a pool at the 55th-floor fitness center. The spa by ESPA has 10 treatment rooms, including one for couples.
Who it's for: Corporate honchos, managing directors, CEOs. Our favorite rooms: Located on the 51st floor, the 4,400-square-foot, 19-foot-ceilinged Ritz-Carlton Suite has hair-raising city and river views from every angle. Explore while exercising: The concierge will map out a jogging route that combines a heart-pumping itinerary with the best sights.