The Ritz Carlton is located on the top floors of the IFC tower in Shanghai. The lobby is on the top floor with the guest rooms being below the lobby. So to get to your room you need to take a lift up to the lobby then down to your room. The extra time taken to get to your room is made up for by the amazing views of Shanghai. The other skyscrapers seem so close when looking out.
I was booked in a standard king room but was offered a twin Bund view room at check-in which I was very happy to receive. It’s essentially the same room but with a much nicer view and can be sold for a few hundred $AUD more than a standard deluxe room.
Rooms – Large and well appointed with everything you would expect from a Ritz Carlton even a Nespresso machine. My room had a panoramic view of the Bund & Pearl Tower very nice to just sit in bed and look out at Shanghai. The bathroom is very grand, marble floors with a large freestanding bathtub, sperate shower.
Service – Staff were very professional whilst being friendly and helpful. I have always found Ritz Carlon service excellent however I felt this hotel, in particular, to be on the next level. I was always greeted by name and staff seemed genuinely happy to assist.
Facilities – The pool area is great with a larger cold water swimming pool and a separate warm water spa. There is also a full gym and Ritz Carlton Spa. Also on site is the Michelin Starred Jin Xuan restaurant & Flair bar which is the highest bar in Shanghai.
Location – Pudong is primarily a business area so for this purpose it’s excellent, a leisure traveller might be better staying on the other side of the river.
Overall – Excellent all round hotel, with great service and amazing views.
Ritz Carlton – Shanghai Pudong Bund View Twin Room
Ritz Carlton Shanghai Pudong – Nespresso machine
Ritz Carlton Shanghai Pudong – View from room
The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong
“Automata serves a five course set menu which changes regularly. The menu utilises the best ingredients possible at that particular time with minimal fuss. ”
I like the styling of the restaurant space industrial look, concrete floors, large open kitchen. Automata were awarded a solid two hats in the 2018 Good Food Guide however it’s still very reasonably priced with a 5-course set menu costing $88 with an optional cheese course $12.
The food was good, creative dishes well presented but some of them lacked that wow factor and I could have done with another course to leave feeling totally full. Considering the price this place its worth a try but I don’t think I will dine here again anytime soon. Not because it is bad just so many other places to try…
House-made bread & butter
Scallop, fennel, squid ink noodle, vinegar
Roasted celeriac, ginger & pickled celery, wild tyme
Brack Angus tri-tip, garlic chive, dill pickle & mustard oil
Roasted grain parfait, bergamot curd, black sesame, dried plum
Automata Restaurant -5 Kensington St, Chippendale
I like the concept of arrivals lounges, it’s nice to have a place to freshen up before leaving the airport. Cathay Pacific provides this with their Arrivals Lounge at Hong Kong Airport.
The lounge is outside the main airport its actually under the Airport Express station. You can get access to the lounge if you have flown Cathay Pacific or Dragonair in business / first class, or have Oneworld Emerald status.
The lounge itself is really quite small its essentially one room divided up with showers on one side and the lounge part with separated dining area and there is no natural light inside therefore a bit dark. Most people myself included just have a shower and grab a quick bite to eat then leave. The food/beverages on hand are limited just some salads, fruit, pastries along with the Asian selection comprising of wontons & rice. Its nothing like you would find in Cathays other lounges inside the airport. There are only a few places to sit either on some lounge chairs or on a long bench with stools that’s about it.
The food/beverages on hand are limited just some salads, fruit, pastries along with the Asian selection comprising of wontons & rice. Its nothing like you would find in Cathays other lounges inside the airport. There are only a few places to sit either on some lounge chairs or on a long bench with stools that’s about it. The shower rooms have plenty of space and are fitted out very nicely.
To sum up a nice all be it a small lounge, good place to have a shower after a long flight. Not a place you would hang around for a long time.
Cathay Pacific Arrivals Lounge Hong Kong Airport – Shower Rooms
Cathay Pacific Arrivals Lounge Hong Kong Airport – Small lounge area
Cathay Pacific Arrivals Lounge Hong Kong Airport – Coffee machine
Cathay Pacific Arrivals Lounge Hong Kong Airport