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The guest rooms at The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong capture Shanghai’s golden age (the 1920s and ’30s) by incorporating Art Deco décor with Singapore-based interior designer Richard Farnell’s own contemporary spin. Flowers on an antique-style chest invite you into the room, where you can plop down on a teal loveseat with a Greek-key-patterned seat cushion. Behind the couch, up against the matching teal curtain, there’s a metal decorative screen with a graceful Asian woman holding out her flowing dressing.
Gold-striped pillows and teal bolsters soften the stark-white bedding. A cream throw with cartoonish shapes in pastel green, peach, lavender and rose along with small octagon-shaped bedside tables with mirrored tops and wood bases add eclectic elements. Tan leather headboards with an olive ribbon border rest against a wall covered in soft ivory gathered fabric.
On the other side of the room, yellow padded armchairs are tucked under an oval brown glass desk, which is attached to a marble ledge. Above hangs a ribbed glass tulip-shaped lighting fixture with a thick tassel of teal strings and jade-colored beads. On top of the desk, a vintage telephone sits inside a locked case with a handle.
Jet-lagged travelers looking to enjoy a good soak during their stay at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel can sink into the freestanding copper bathtubs with white scalloped edges, a standout in the cream-and-tan marble bathrooms filled with gold accents. When you sit in the tub, you’ll feel just as decadent as Shanghai in its heyday.