Shanghai: 5 Places to Stay

Pudong Shangri-La

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The twin glass towers of this enormous 950-room hotel are a prominent feature of the Pudong riverfront skyline. The newer Grand Tower has the plushest and most spacious rooms and suites—all clean-lined, upholstered in velvety buff-colored fabrics, and with 32-inch plasma-screen TV's and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river or the Pudong skyline. (Executive-class rooms even come with binoculars for close-ups of the Bund mansions across the water.) The common spaces also pack a punch: the banqueting suites regularly host Chinese society wedding celebrations (NBA star Yao Ming and his bride tied the knot here in summer 2007); the best dining options include Nadaman for Japanese kaiseki tasking menus and Jade on 36 for Paul Pairet's molecular gastronomy; the cavernous Himalayan-themed Chi spa provides a decadent menu of treatments (jade footbaths, yin-yang harmonizing massage); and a cluster of on-property luxury shops includes a branch of Shanghai Tang.

Insider Tip: The cocktail menu at the Jade on 36 bar is one of Shanghai's most creative (try the coconut-lemongrass daiquiri), and is complemented by a jaw-dropping view over the city.

Room to Book: Room 3258, the Pudong Suite, has floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room, dining room, and kitchen.

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