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The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong stands out with an unusual style that’s found everywhere from its restaurants to its rooms. Here are five words we’d use to describe the hotel’s décor:
1. Eclectic. The Japanese firm Super Potato added confetti-like cutout walls to Italian restaurant Scena and walls made of oya stones and Japanese mud in rustic rooftop bar Flair. The eclectic touches ensure nothing is cookie-cutter.
2. Art Deco. Yes, this is two words, but we can’t think of a better way to describe the design elements in the rooms and hallways of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel. For example, metal decorative screens in the guest rooms feature a graceful Asian woman wearing a chignon and long gown. The design pays homage to Shanghai’s rich collection of Art Deco architecture and interiors.
3. Comfortable. The décor at The Ritz-Carlton is upscale and comfortable — especially at its swinging bar, Flair, which uses pine wood in the bar top and tables and oya stones on the walls to offer an inviting rustic feel. Throughout the hotel, you’ll see supple armchairs — like the ones in the lobby, which have dark red leather seats and a similarly hued quill pattern on the backs — plush carpets and low lighting that’s not overly dramatic.
4. Sleek. This applies to the hotel’s exterior, which is covered in spotless glass and metal. The sleek design is from architect Cesar Pelli, whose firm also created ARIA Resort & Casino.
5. Outdoor/indoor. Two words again, but the Shanghai hotel utilizes both spaces well. Flair, the bar on the 58th floor, has a stylish interior, plus a popular large terrace (it seats about 132) with clear views of the Pudong skyline and the Bund.