Exceptional Service, Luxury rooms with great views
Having stayed at Shangri-La next to Ritz, I was pleasantly surprised with the views and quality of the rooms. The hotel lobby is located on the 52nd floor of the IFC building and offers great views of Shanghai city.
Location: Perfect location because you can walk to Shanghai Tower and Pearl Tower within minutes. Ritz is next to a luxury shopping mall called IFC which sell all luxury brands and has its own food court. The food court in IFC is a little bit expensive compared to the shopping mall across the road, opposite to Shangri-La so just be mindful of that. Food to try: Try Lady M cake in level B2 of IFC
Room and the view:
(Stay here for at least for 2 nights to really experience Shanghai Skyline)
We loved everything about the Pearl Tower view room. You get a premium view of the peal tower and the river. Rooms were big and I loved the bathtub facing the view.
Here is a picture of that premium view:
The room had a small area dedicated area for luggage and clothes. Curtains are operated through a remote control button by the bedside which is handy. There is a Nespresso coffee machine and other amenities you can think to expect from Ritz.
Shower and bathroom: The walking shower has a large shower head creating a rain shower feeling. The water pressure was also good and I really enjoyed the experience. The bathroom was big enough for two people and there is separate wash basins for two people.
Restaurant and views: There are several restaurants in Ritz building which include one Italian, and all offer really good views of Shanghai Skyline (better than the Peninsula Shanghai restaurant views). The bar upstairs and the lobby Jazz bar also offer great views. The bar upstairs tends to play party, upbeat music, whereas the lobby bar plays live Jazz music except on Sundays.
Pool and Gym: Decent pool offering views of Shanghai. The pool is only wide enough for 3 or 4 people at a time. There were 3 people using the pool when I was using it and I felt a bit cramped. The jacuzzi was not deep enough and I had to crouch down to get my whole body into the water.The gym is one of the best I’ve seen. It has everything you need and again, offers great views.
Price for drink and food: If you are careful about what you spent, then you will find the prices for drinks and other nibbles to be very expensive. A half a pint of beer will cost around £11, similar to The Peninsula prices.
Service: Once again Ritz Carlton did not let us down. The service was impeccable and generous. Probably one of the reasons why I like to stay in Ritz is because of the faultless service they offer worldwide.
Is it worth it worth the price? For me, it absolutely worth it. This is one of the best hotels if you want to get top class, faultless services along with unbeatable views of the Shanghai Skyline.