It might be the wrong side of the river for tourists, but the Ritz-Carlton Pudong does have the advantage of occupying the top 18 floors of the Shanghai IFC mall - which means there's both a metro station and a haven of designer shops right on its doorstep. While a lot of Shanghai's hotels have jumped on the 'Art Deco revival' bandwagon, this one pulls it off with more aplomb than most, with luxe touches like the red stingray-skin lift walls and a Lalique crystal bar.
There are classic dining options, like Cantonese cuisine at Jin Xuan restaurant and afternoon tea in the eau-de-nil tinted Aura lounge, alongside more contemporary offerings at the Super Potato-designed loft bar Flair - Shanghai's highest alfresco dining experience - which features reclaimed wooden beams, oya riverbed stone and traditional Japanese mud walls. Guestrooms, situated on floors 39-51 (below check-in), have floor to ceiling windows and plush décor, but it's the mirrored bathrooms which house the standout feature: a retro free-standing bath with surrounding curtain, for vintage pin-up style bathing.
Standard rooms start from 5000RMB (plus 15 per cent service charge).