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In 20 years, Pudong, the once rural section of Shanghai, has gone from swampland to skyscraping. With that boom came a rise in hotels, and there are now plenty of places to stay on what downtown folk call the other side of the river. These are the best hotels in Pudong.
These Pudong hotels are in Lujiazui, Shanghai’s CBD, which can be reached by metro line 2 to Lujiazui or Dongchang Lu stops.
The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong
Attached to the ifc Mall, the hotel has super easy access to metro line 2, which’ll whisk you across the Huangpu River to downtown Shanghai; the Nanjing Dong Lu station is the next stop. Still, it can be sorely tempting not to leave the Ritz at all. The contemporary Art Deco-inspired rooms are enormously comfortable, and so too are the public areas. The view of Shanghai from rooftop bar Flair is unbelievable; sitting outside, you’ll feel like reaching out to touch the glowing pearl tower.
Just around the corner from the Ritz is this enormous, 1,000-room hotel, a Lujiazui mainstay. The hotel has six restaurants, including the excellent, ultra family friendly Yi Café, with its for-the-young-and-young-at-heart make your own sundae bar. The Shangri-La is particularly popular with business travelers, especially those here in large groups, so do a little mingling in the lobby and you may find yourself with new opportunities.
Park Hyatt Shanghai
The views alone are worth coming up here, even if you’re staying across the river in Puxi. This is China’s tallest hotel—its floors 79-93—and you’ll be staring straight into the clouds. Shanghai World Financial Center, which houses Park Hyatt Shanghai, has a slew of its own restaurants and a few shops, but for knock-out views, tuck into lunch at one of the hotel’s in-house restaurants, like 100 Century Avenue, or work up an appetite for dainty afternoon tea.
Grand Hyatt Shanghai
The older sibling to Park Hyatt and once China’s tallest hotel, Grand Hyatt Shanghai has spectacular views of the Bund as well as the surrounding Pudong cityscape. The hotel is home to a 33-floor atrium, one of the world’s highest, as well as the world’s longest laundry chute.
These two hotels are right across the street from Century Park and close to metro line 2’s Century Park stop and Huamu Lu station on line 7.
Kerry Hotel, Pudong
This is Shanghai’s most family friendly hotel. The Adventure Zone has climbing structures, a ball pit, slides, and plenty of open play space for kids…and those who are kids at heart. Grown ups should take full advantage of the gym and spa, as well as The BREW, where Kiwi brewmaster Leon Mickelson whips up IPAs and a nice, crisp cider. Just across the street is Century Park, where visitors can hire paddle boats or take a spin on tandem bikes.
Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel
Across the street from the Kerry is this Dubai import, adjacent to the Zendai Himalayas Center. The hotel design is eye-popping; there’s a 500-year-old pagoda in the lobby, and the ceiling doubles as an LCD screen. Inside the Himalayas Center, visitors will find the Himalayas Art Museum, which showcases contemporary works. Jumeirah, too, is a stone’s throw from lush Century Park.
This hotel sits on the former Pudong Expo site, near the new China Art Museum, inside the China pavilion.
Intercontinental Shanghai Expo
Though it was built for the 2010 World Expo, this hotel is still going strong. With the new China Art Museum now open inside the China pavilion, guests at this Four-Star hotel can take in a few Rembrandts by day before retiring to the hotel’s luxe spa come late afternoon. After a massage, slip down to the hotel’s English pub, Liquor Factory, for a few pints.