Shanghai continues apace as a center of unabated urban expansion with the opening of the glamorous new Mandarin Oriental Pudong. And as an unapologetic acknowledgment of China’s place as the universe’s most insatiable contemporary art market, the hotel’s 4000 strong (would we kid you?) art collection, as curated by the renowned Art Front Gallery, might inspire a few "gallery-with-rooms" observations. But this is a Mandarin Oriental, after all, so for those with sufficient dosh, its hospitality credentials are pretty much unassailable.
And to be sure, its 362 rooms are swish, stylish and magnificently appointed. But you’ll likely be spending most of your time at its eponymous spa (its got a Kinesis wall and Maya Fit virtual trainers–look it up!), or amidst the dizzying array of epicurean offerings: Dutch star chef Richard Ekkebus’ modern French Fifty 8° Grill, Tony Lu’s chic Chinese eatery Yong Ti Ying, the more casual Zest, the Mandarin Cake Shop for the sweet of tooth, or the Riviera Lounge for a classic high tea in a somewhat futuristic setting. Nightowls can take in the views, the sexy decor and high-profile DJs at Qi Bar. You’ll be a "fan."
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