Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai

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Although the Mandarin Oriental’s location in the Lujiazui business district is better suited to busy execs, tourists willing to sacrifice a little bit of extra travelling time will likely be bowled over by the the hotel’s large ultra-luxurious rooms, extensive facilities and sterling service.

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Location

Although the Mandarin boasts some super views of the Huangpu River, the north Bund and the jaw-dropping skyscrapers of Pudong, it does feel removed from the main tourist action. Nearby attractions are limited to the astonishing 127-storey Shanghai Tower (a must visit) and a couple of shopping malls. Otherwise, the hotel’s car will drop guests at Lujiazui subway station on a first come first serve basis. From there, it is one stop to the Nanjing Road and the historic Bund.   

Address: 111 Pudong S Rd, Pudong, Shanghai 200120, China.

Style & character

Chic sharp contemporary Shanghai. In the lobby, a show-stopping wall of coloured glass, rings of geometric chandeliers and the clip-clopping of red soles on marble. Museum quality works of Chinese art are scattered across the hotel and while the atmosphere exudes exclusivity, the smooth staff ensure everyone feels as if they belong.

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai via New Jetsetters

Service & facilities

It will come as no surprise to fans of the Mandarin Oriental that the service here is flawless. The facilities too are near impossible to fault; a seductive 25-metre indoor swimming pool, a sprawling tech-savvy gym, a comprehensive business centre and luxurious Club Lounge – at an additional £56 per room a worthwhile splurge for the lavish all day drinking and dining it includes.

The shimmering gold spa seamlessly blends ancient Chinese practices, such as acupressure massage and reflexology, with cutting-edge beauty treatments – see the lifting, toning CACI facials. Arrive early to take full advantage of the wonderful  heat and water facilities – crystal steam room, aroma experience showers, heated stone loungers and whirlpool tubs equipped with shoulder pummeling jets.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai via Pinterest

Molten golds, bronze and chocolate browns with flashes of powder blue and peacock green, all beautifully finished and luxurious to the touch. Idiot-proof bedside control panels operate the temperature, lights and curtains. Swish marble bathrooms are stocked with green tea amenities from Shanghai Tang. Wi-Fiis free and fast but we were surprised to find that there was no VPN service to bypass the Great Firewall; if you need to access the likes of Google, Gmail or Facebook, you’ll need to download a suitable platform before arriving in China.

Food & drink

Yong Yi Ting, under the supervision of chef extraordinaire Tony Wong, has just scooped a Michelin star – prepare to be wowed with delicate double-boiled broths, baked chicken with crunchy sesame skin, and scallops topped with termite mushrooms. International restaurant Fifty 8 ͦ Grill offers an alternative. Elsewhere, there’s a lounge, café, cake shop and the alluring Qi Bar.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Yes; the entire property is accessible and a number of rooms have been adapted for wheelchair users.

Family-friendly?

Yes; little ones will be spoiled rotten with their own amenity kits, mini-bathrobes and menus.

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