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Ritz Carlton – Shanghai Pudong


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

Pool area


Change room

The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

Airline, Travel

Cathay Pacific , Business Class – Sydney To Hong Kong

Just a quick post on my flight to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific.

Cathay does not have a lounge at Sydney airport, however, guests are directed to the Qantas Busines Lounge, the lounge is OK at best and not up to the standard of what Qantas has in its lounges overseas. I arrived with not much time so only spent a small amount of time in the lounge before boarding.

This flight is operated by an Airbus A330 that has a reverse herringbone seating with every seat having direct aisle access. The seat is very comfortable both when upright and when made into a fully flat bed. A proper pillow and blanket are provided when you want to sleep. If you are taller the narrow bit where your feet go is a bit tight but nothing that would affect your sleep or comfort.

Food is served from carts and at set times rather than dine on demand. The quality of the food is good while not amazing it’s still satisfying; accompanied with a selection of wines and assorted beverages.

After landing I headed off to the Cathay Pacific Arrivals Longe before jumping to the train to town.

The service on this and my return flight was excellent, the crew all seem happy and service the service is efficient. Combined with a comfy seat made for a great flight experience.





Beside the seat is a small compartment that the headphones are stored in


Controlls for the seat , remote , powerpoint & small reading light


Seat converted into bed


Amenity kit containing toothbrush, toothpaste , mouthwash , socks , eye cover and selection of Jurlique creams


Breakfast is served not long after take off

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Pre-lunch snack

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Cheese & crackers with fruit


Dessert & coffee


Cathay Pacific has four flights a day from Sydney to Hong Kong


Airline, Travel

Cathay Pacific First Class , Hong Kong – New York


The thought of a 16hr flight is daunting such a long time to be on a plane! It is not that bad when you are flying Cathay Pacific first class. There are only six seats in First class on this plane & on this flight, all of them were occupied but once you are in your seat you would never know. The seat does not have a door like Singapore Airlines or Emirates, however, it still feels very private. The seat itself if very roomy, heaps of storage and it’s long I can only just touch the foot rest. When converted into a bed it is super comfortable also perfect for sleep on this very long flight.

This flight left in the late afternoon HK time so food service was a dinner and breakfast. There are many different food options available on the menu along with an extensive wine list.  You can have your meals at any time just order off the menu and it’s brought plated straight to your seat restaurant style no carts are used.  The food itself was good but didn’t blow me away, maybe I was expecting too much?

Cathay Pacific first class is great but still after 16hrs happy to finally get to ( JFK ) New York.

Bose headphones . Aesop amenity kit, Pye pajamas

Nice handwritten note from the crew

Cathay Pacific First Class Menu

Tomato , orange and basil soup

Bread basket


King prawns, asparagus, millet , garlic butter & lemon herb


Fresh berries with cream

Seat converted into bed with a thin mattress placed ontop


Dim Sum


Cathay Pacific First Class, Hong Kong – New York