Perfect Person: The Portman Ritz Carlton is perfect for the traveller that wants the traditional luxury hotel experience in a high-end location.
Location, location, location: With the best Western grocery store in the city located on hotel grounds, the Portman Ritz Carlton is a constant stop for almost every expat in the city (the only place I could find granola bars). Located on West Nanjing Road, the hotel is nestled between exclusive designer stores and the Shanghai Convention Center. It’s the perfect spot for those looking to be in an upscale, modern area.
Vibes: Every aspect of the hotel’s decor is impressive. With an imposing entrance and grand lobby, you’ll find plenty of picture worthy rooms throughout the building. Ranked as “The Best Service Hotel” by The City Traveller, the staff did not disappoint. Whether it be the personal trainers in the high-tech gym (which includes a squash court) or the wait staff in the club level lounge, the employees went above and beyond to meet the needs of guests. Within hours, the staff were referring to me as Logan and bringing me more of the candy that I complimented them on.
Foodie: The Ritz features three restaurants including Alan Wong’s. I sampled Hawaiian fusion dishes and fell in love with a coconut sorbet that left me ready to get on a jet for Hawaii. I was delighted to meet Chef Wong and attempted to impress him by complimenting his food despite not even having the vocabulary to pretend to know about high-end gourmet food. I ate the remainder of my meals in the club lounge which featured global dishes and a variety of cocktail choices that would satisfy the most picky of eaters.
Extras: The entire hotel could be considered “extra”. Luxury and opulence are everywhere. From rooftop yoga to a library-esque bar, it’s lives up to the expectations of a “Ritz”. The hotel also features a tea ceremony on Fridays that gives guest a luxurious way to see local culture and customs.