The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong
Add: Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue, near Lujiazui Huan Lu / 上海IFC，世紀大道8號，近陸家嘴環路
Tel: 2020 1888
Visited: Jan 2012
Waking up to this view, feeling on top of the world (albeit a gloomy and drizzling one). Good morning Shanghai!
Though I already mentioned this in the previous post, I do feel the need to stress the point again – the bathrobe at Ritz-Carlton Pudong is so very very comfortable.
I explored the mini bar for a bit and noticed that they have lipbalm and mouth freshener on sale – at a steep price of 65 RMB and 75 RMB each, but when you need your lipbalm, you need your lipbalm.
Of course they also have the regular mini bar items – snacks, drinks, and alcohol for those in a boozy mood.
The Club Lounge is bright and cheery in the morning. A selection of breakfast items was spread across the buffet tables – fresh pastries, cold cuts, fruits, hot dishes, made-to-order omelets…
For those not in a room with Club Lounge access, breakfast is served at Scena on the 52nd floor, with a view you can’t complain about.
After breakfast (and an hour or so to digest), we headed up to the Fitness Center on the 53rd floor to burn it off. All machines are draped with a towel and a bottle of water – a considerate touch.
Then, off to the swimming pool. Inside each locker there is a clear plastic bag for wet swimming suites – another small but considerate gesture.
Blue green mosaic tile, red and white lounge beds, hot steamy jacuzzi, view of the bund…but let’s not belabor that point anymore. The only thing I wished for was to have some light music in the air, which would’ve added an additional dose of liveliness to the space.
Follow that with a light lunch back at the Club Lounge, and it’s time to check out. Satisfied we were, and sad to leave we were.
Another small thing I noticed on the way out – there is a lounge sofa by the elevator, presumably for guests who feel the need to sit down during the wait. It is accumulation of these small details and personal touches sprinkled throughout the establishment that really impressed. Throughout our stay, the waitstaff addressed us by name, always carried a smile, and went out of their way to make us feel well taken care of. It was, to say the least, a truly special and memorable birthday weekend.