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Best Shanghai Bund View Hotels

May 26th, 2011 by

It’s perfectly natural to want the best of both worlds when you book hotels in Shanghai. A good spot on the Bund, for one, close to all the hot Huangpu action and handsome architectural monuments in the city. And, if you can arrange it, a glimpse of the sci-fi skyline of Pudong from the comfort of your suite.

Flip that. Pudong hotels in the middle of the hustle high finance bustle with ooh la la panoramas of Huangpu. With that, say ni hao to the best Bund view hotels in Shanghai.

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Pudong Shangri-La Hotel Shanghai
33 Fu Cheng Road

Stay classy at the swish Pudong Shangri-La, where Bund views come at a premium. Still, all that glitz is pretty hard to resist. The pre-eminent property raises the luxury bar with tastefully-appointed rooms spread out over two buildings: the River Wing and Grand Tower. Join the Shangri-La Horizon Club and roll exec-style; late check-out, private club room cocktails, personal concierge, to name just a few benefits. Membership has other privileges too, most notably in the form of River Wing Bund View Deluxe Rooms. Primo, primo stuff.

The Ritz Carlton Shanghai Pudong
Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue

From luxe to luxe, what can you say about the IFC Ritz Carlton? There’s nothing shy about the way this hotel flosses its plush, über-goodness. As always though, when it comes to the Ritz brand, it’s a demure, uncompromising approach that says “We know we’re premium.” Just over a year-old, the hotel covers floors 39 to 51 and has Bund View rooms that feature Art Deco stylings, a dedicated concierge, chef’s table restaurant perks and five daily complimentary food presentations.

Hyatt On The Bund Hotel
199 Huang Pu Road

The Hyatt On The Bund is on the Bund but does offer stellar views of the Huangpu side of the river. The five-star luxury hotel gives you access to both sides of Shanghai, in fact, with better than decent looks at Pudong, too. In order to maximize the hotel’s finer, photogenic possibilities of course, you’ll want to book the supersized Chairman Suite, which tops out at a whopping 300 m2. Oh, and it’s bi-level.

Oriental Riverside (Bund View) Hotel Shanghai
2727 Riverside Avenue

It’s on Riverside so it has to have a sick view, right? Quite. The Oriental Riverside (Bund View) Hotel, (note the parenthetical reference) is one of those Shanghai properties where it’s totally worth plunking down a little extra yuan to yawn in full view of the Bund. Rooms with this kind of view should come at an additional cost.

Grand Hyatt Hotel Shanghai
Jin Mao Tower, 88 Century Avenue

If you’re staying in the fifth-tallest building on the planet, your room better come with some window eye candy. The Grand Hyatt Jin Mao delivers on that note, with titanic views from floors 53 to 87.

Park Hyatt Shanghai Hotel
100 Century Avenue

Do yourself one better if you have deep enough pockets and saunter down Century to Shanghai World Financial Center. Floors 79 to 93 of the “Vertical Complex City” house the second-highest hotel in the world.

Union Square Shanghai Pudong Marriott Executive Apartments
506 Shang Cheng Road

Less ostentatious but with Bund view rooms at a manageable cost, the Union Square Marriott comes through with 223 fully-furnished serviced apartments and some terrific amenities.

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