Far more than a hotel, from the minute your drive up to the entrance the feeling of being in a resort immediately overwhelms you.
From the obliging and efficient staff to the elegant and modern decor the attention to detail in all aspects can only be described as superfluous. Every guest is treated like royalty and I no doubt felt like a queen from the minute I entered the hotel which in and of itself is a design masterpiece. The unparalled luxury extends from the foyer to the rooms and my suite was nothing short of breathtaking. With stunning views over the river, the elegance and grandeur of the space is accented by the luxurious Frette linens and ‘pillow menu’ which ensure not only a peaceful night’s sleep but a luxurious one.
The bathroom with its soaking tub that offers wide vistas over the river is the perfect place to relax and unwind after an eventful day of being a tourist, and the Shanghai Tang toiletries make bath time a treat.
Booking a suite comes with added benefits such as access to the Club which allows for speedy check-in and includes daily complimentary snacks and cocktails and a generous flow of champagne.
Every evening the club promotes one of the restaurants of the hotel, needless to say the cuisine is by far some of the best we’ve experienced. The breakfast buffet has everything imaginable but for me, the light and fluffy cream filled donuts were just sublime.
It is clear that nothing short of excellence at the highest level will be accepted, whilst I was enjoying my breakfast, the Head Chef continually came around to check that the buffet remained neat and tidy and that all items were timeously refilled. The club offers additional services like complimentary laundry for two items a day and a private car within a 2km radius. Carson and Abe, the hosts at the Club are a true example of Asian hospitality.
There is a clear relationship between the hotel and the arts, while we were there, one of China’s most popular artists and food blogger DaCai was holding her first solo exhibition entitled, Fish You are Not A Fish in the halls of the hotel.
The pieces were inspired by Ba Da Shan Ren whose lively representations of fish are legendary and I was told, that most of the pieces had already been sold. The decor of the hotel speaks luxury and refinement and has more than just a touch of artistic flair, the lighting in the foyer is dramatic and creative and sets the tone for every single element you encounter at MO Pudong.
The Yong Yi Ting restaurant which specialises in Jiang Nan cuisine by celebrated Shanghai Chef, Tony Lu, is a complete feast for the senses. The lighting in this restaurant is reminiscent of Chinese traditional lanterns.
The Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai is the epitome of luxury and sophistication and it is no surprise that the Forbes Travel Guide voted it ‘One of the Finest Five Star Properties in the World for 2015’ and in China it is the Number One luxury hotel. Everything about the hotel is at the highest level from the amazing team who enhance your stay with their beautiful smiles and gracious assistance to the warm ambience which permeates throughout to the various culinary experiences.
I have no hesitation in recommending any traveller to Shanghai to experience the luxurious hospitality and decadent embrace that is The Mandarin Oriental Pudong, it is undoubtedly one of the finest hotels in world.
111 Pudong Road (S), Pudong, Shanghai 200120, China
Tel: +86 (21) 2082 9888
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