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The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong fills its rooms with special amenities, like Philips LCD televisions, Pioneer DVD players, Bose Wave Music System with iPod dock and plenty of outlets next to the desk and on both sides of the bed. There also are digital controls for housekeeping, opening and closing the drapes, and changing the lighting. Plus, every room has a motion sensor, so the lights automatically dim and the drapes close when you leave and do the reverse when you return. In our Shanghai Bund Room, we loved the drawn map near the floor-to-ceiling windows that overlooked the historic waterfront. It pointed out all of the Bund buildings in both English and Chinese.
Speaking of the view, check inside the desk for a dark brown trifold folder imprinted with “Your Stationery” — a homey touch. Inside are great sepia-toned postcards of the Bund lit up at night as well as a close-up of the Oriental Pearl Tower’s top globe. You’ll also find work supplies — a mini stapler, staples, an eraser, a ruler, Post-its, a highlighter, a pencil and pen, a plastic case of colored paper clips and three larger clips — in a matching octagon-shaped box that says “Your Office.”
In the bathroom, the best amenity is the beautiful freestanding copper bathtub with white scalloped edges. As you soak, and rest on the terry-cloth bath pillow, gaze out of the windows to see the cityscape or the Bund. The bathroom is stocked with the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s branded toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, body wash and soap, alongside neatly boxed dental and nail kits, cotton buds, a comb and a shower cap.