What are the five best things about The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong?

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There’s a lot to love about The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, from its high-in-the-sky rustic bar to its top-notch spa. Here are the five best things about the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel:

1. Location. The hotel is half a block from a Metro station, within walking distance of the Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center — the city’s tallest skyscraper. Label-loving ladies and lads will love that the luxury hotel has its own entrance to the adjacent Shanghai ifc mall, a six-story center filled with haute shops like Badgley Mischka and Gucci (look in your room’s magazine rack to find a booklet of mall coupons).

2. Flair. Hotel bars can be hit or miss — many tend to be tourist traps, with not a local in sight. But Shanghai’s young and hip pack Flair for the staggering views of the Bund and the Pudong skyline from the fabulous 58th-floor terrace. It’s such a hot spot that locals pay a cover just to sit outside in warm weather.

3. The spa. The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong Spa by ESPA is immaculate and imminently relaxing. Its location on the 55th floor makes it an excellent vantage point, especially since every treatment room in the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa comes with big-picture windows.

4. The interior design. Japanese firm Super Potato designed the luxury hotel’s Italian restaurant, Scena. Step inside to find a bright-red-and-white room with floor-to-ceiling windows, an open kitchen and quirky design elements, like walls sprinkled with confetti cutouts. The guest rooms are even more stylized; interior designer Richard Farnell reinterpreted Shanghai’s golden 1930s Art Deco period with a modern eye. For example, fronting the muted teal curtains, a metal decorative screen features an Asian woman holding out her flowing gown. In the beautiful tan-and-cream marble bathroom, the claw-foot tub gets updated with a scalloped-edged bathtub that is tilted to look out of the floor-to-ceiling windows.

5. Babysitting services. Given notice, the Shanghai hotel can arrange English- and Chinese-speaking babysitters — for free. While you can’t plop your kids with the sitters all day, it’s the perfect escape plan for an adults-only night at Flair.

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