Once upon a time the Pudong Shangri-la was one of few luxury hotels planted on the other side of the Whampoa with the definitive Bund view. Today, its Grand Tower retains that view and the reputation of a cherished luxury establishment.
In lieu of a generic Shang Palace is the ever popular Gui Hua Lou which specialises in Huaiyang cuisine under the experienced hands of veteran chef Gao Xiaosheng. Over at the River Wing's Lobby Lounge tea under sparkling chandeliers is still a cherished tradition with constant efforts to update the platter, most recently a collaboration with British fashion designer Paul Smith. Haute cuisine is the draw up at Jade on 36, a modish diner with the killer view and stylish cuisine.
There is height which is exhilarating, and service that is grand. Over a decade has passed and this is still the preferred address for business elites and well heeled travellers with a penchant for lasting impressions. Grand Tower's Horizon Club is set with a jewel that is manager Carol Leung, an inimitable fixture who's been impressing guests the entire time at her station.
The newness of a Shangri-la address may have become the birthright of the Jing An Shangri-la in west Shanghai but Grand Tower still retains the view and all the bearings of a splendid and cherished luxury establishment. We would like to recommend the Grand Bund View rooms on the Horizon Floor for matchless views and inspired gawks.