Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong
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.