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Portman Ritz-Carlton: Putting on the Ritz

Portman Ritz-Carlton: Putting on the Ritz

The revamped grand dame of Nanjing Lu delivers Shanghai's most assured hotel service
1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Tongren Lu 南京西路1376号波特曼大酒店, 近铜仁路 +86 21 6279 8888
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Portman Ritz-Carlton
This could be the bed Presidents Clinton and Bush (both Georges), Luciano Pavarotti and Roger Federer slept in (but all on different occasions).

The Portman Ritz-Carlton’s guest book boasts the signatures of U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Bush (both Georges), Luciano Pavarotti and Roger Federer.

A two-year, top-to-bottom US$40 million makeover of the rooms and restaurants completed in 2008 has revitalized the look and feel of the hotel, meaning not only the former guest list stands out.

The location is fantastic -- opposite the Shanghai Exhibition Center on Nanjing Xi Lu -- and Shanghai’s most confident and assured hotel service makes up for a faltering first impression created by a dark and dowdy entrance.

The pick of The Portman Ritz-Carlton's top-class suites of dining options is Palladio, a refined Italian eatery and long-standing lunchtime choice of Shanghai dealmakers.