The 41st-floor swimming pool here, surrounded by views of Shanghai’s skyscraper-saturated financial district, is perhaps worth the visit alone. Refined Chinese and Italian dining, slick service and a Guerlain spa are other highlights of this sophisticated address.
The eastern bank of Huangpu River, known as Pudong, is home to Shanghai’s thrusting financial district. Four Seasons is set back from the riverside but occupies a reasonably convenient position behind a trio of super-skyscrapers, affording spectacular vistas of the eclectic architecture crowding the waterfront. It’s a few minutes’ walk from Dongchang metro station and 45 minutes’ drive to Pudong International Airport. Shanghai Tower, featuring the world’s tallest observation deck, is right next door, and shopping, museums and theatres are also nearby. For Shanghai’s historic sites across the river in Puxi, take a car, metro or ferry.
Style & character
The hotel reflects its destination in Shanghai’s high-octane business district. A soaring marble lobby, ebony woods and splashes of burgundy stingray set a smart tone, interspersed with contemporary artworks and a spiral staircase, ideal for making a grand entrance.
Service & facilities
Arguably the hotel’s highlight is its 41st-floor swimming pool with infinity edges wrapped by tall glass walls that showcase a breath-taking James Bond Skyfall-like panorama of glassy mega-structures. By night, it feels like you’re floating in an LED-lit urban jungle. If you’re too blissfully distracted to do laps, soak up the views beneath swan-neck fountains in the large hot tub. Adjoining the pool is a 24-hour fitness centre and small Flare Spa offering Guerlain treatments. Hotel service is knowledgeable, efficient and friendly, just as you’d expect of Four Seasons.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
Spacious rooms are decorated in crème and chocolate tones offset with clean lines of polished chrome and bursts of China red in the lampshades and cushions. Contemporary luxuries extend to a 46-inch TV and DVD player, Illy coffee machine and hypoallergenic pillows atop the very comfortable bed. Bathrooms of veined white marble feature deep-soaking tubs, separate rainshower and twin vanities inlaid in gold.
Window-front armchairs and daybeds are positioned to present the star feature: dazzling floor-to-ceiling vistas, especially by night when the Shanghai skyline flashes and glows in spectacular neon.
Food & drink
There are just two restaurants that, oddly, are located on the ground and second floors – perhaps to ensure the views don’t detract from the excellent cuisine and service. Discreet Shàng-Xi serves artfully plated Cantonese dishes and dim sum in an intimate 22-seat dining room and five Art Deco-styled private rooms. The antithesis of discreet, Camelia, welcomes its guests with feature walls of flame, a modern Italian menu and generous international breakfast buffet. Its tucked-away floating garden terrace is a pleasant place for a crafted cocktail or champagne in fine weather.
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