Overview: A solid luxury option in Pudong
Strengths: Rooms, FSPP benefits, pool, dining
Drawbacks: Reduced views being a few blocks in from the river, no arrival host, didn’t mention club access
After successful meetings in Hong Kong, the next stop on this Asian roadshow was Shanghai. On previous visits to Shanghai, I’ve stayed at the Ritz Carlton Pudong and the Peninsula (across the river). While I’ve eaten at the Four Seasons Pudong, I’d not stayed here before and decided to make it my residence for this brief one-night stay.
We arrived in a hotel-arranged car from the airport. Unlike nearly all of my other stays in China, despite a FSPP booking and having reserved club rooms, we did not have the benefit of a curb-side greeting or in-room check-in. Rather, we navigated our way through a slightly chaotic porte-cochère and headed to reception where the check-in formalities were handled.
Though we booked club-level rooms, notably, we were not advised about club access as part of our stay. Having booked through one of my regular Four Seasons Preferred Partner agents, both of our rooms were upgraded to Pearl-view junior suites and we were advised of the other FSPP benefits. Frankly, I forgot we booked club rooms or would have asked (our bill upon departure clearly said “club” rooms).
The rooms themselves were lovely. Whereas at the Rosewood London, a junior suite is more appropriately called a “larger room,” here, the footprint of the room here could easily have been a full suite. The only thing lacking from a traditional full suite (beyond having a fully divided bedroom) was a powder room.
Both the living room and bedroom were very comfortable.
Several welcome amenities were waiting for me upon arrival.
My room offered direct, though slightly distant, views of the Pearl Tower.
I could also look up at neighboring towers.
The bed was very comfortable and the bedroom was silent.
Here is a daytime view from the bedroom.
The bathroom was nicely appointed, though perhaps the closet could have been a little more partitioned off from the bathroom.
Regular Four Seasons guests will be aware that the flag continues to roll out additional features on its iPhone app. Something new to me on this trip was the ability to organize a wake up call from the app In addition to setting my phone’s alarm, I also signed up for a wake up call using the app. The call was confirmed and indeed came as scheduled in the morning.
I did not visit the Italian restaurant during this stay, but I have eaten there previously. I was very impressed with the meal and found it to be one of the best Italian restaurants I’d experienced in China.
Due to a never-ending stream of calls with the office back in New York, I ended up taking two meals in my room while working. Regular readers will not be surprised to see a Club Sandwich!
I also ordered breakfast in my room. I ordered breakfast before going to the pool for a swim. It was waiting in my room upon my return. Breakfast was delicious.
While my breakfast was being made, I headed up to the pool. While perhaps not as stunning as the pool at the Aman Tokyo, this was definitely a “wow” pool. The water temperature was comfortable for swimming or relaxing.
The pool also offered Pearl Tower views.
To one side of the pool area was a jetted pool with ribbed sitting chairs.
To the other was a sitting area with a small bar.
The locker room was nicely appointed, though could be seen from nearby offices.
Checkout was very easy and the credits from my FSPP booking were reflected correctly on my bill.
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Having stayed here, the Ritz Carlton Pudong and the Peninsula (across the river) (reviews of which I’ve not yet written), I don’t have a strong favorite. Of these two Pudong properties, I’d give the (slight) edge to the Ritz due to its location and views. The Pen, over on the Bund, was also a very strong property. Whenever I stay at a Pen (including the Shanghai property), I find they always think of a few extra little touches. You won’t go wrong at any of these properties.
Four Seasons Shanghai Pudong
210 Century Avenue, 200120 Pudong District, Shanghai, China
Tel +86 21 2036 8888