[Shanghai] Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Pudong

A most blissful stay at Mandarin Oriental Pudong in Shanghai! Located on the banks of the Huangpu River on the Pudong side, the hotel feels secluded - away from the hustle and bustle of The Bund - but yet still close enough to the action with just a short car ride away. As expected of the Mandarin Oriental brand, the hotel was luxurious with top-notch facilities and service. Its Presidential Suite - which hosted Michelle Yeoh recently - is the largest in the city.

Stepping into the lobby immediately set the tone for the rest of the hotel with its contemporary art displays, modern chandeliers and marbled floors. The service was prompt and check in was smooth.

Each of the Mandarin Oriental hotels has its own signature fan and Pudong's is based on a century-old antique Mandarin fan which depicts a classic courtyard garden scene.


I stayed at the Club Mandarin River View Room with a full frontal view of the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower and the Huangpu River. Aside from the views and elegant furnishings, my favorite feature of the room was the circular bathtub. The room came with Club Lounge access with all day refreshments, butler service, complimentary car service within a 2km radius, and more.

The bathtub has views of the Oriental Pearl Tower as well

A nice welcome with treats and personalized greeting card


The Mandarin Oriental Club Lounge offers all-day dining with breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktail hour. Complimentary 2 hour use of the business center and meeting rooms are included as well.

The wellness facilities are comprehensive with full fledge spa packages, a 25-meter swimming pool with steam room and sauna, and gym with fitness classes.


Dining options at the hotel include the modern French restaurant Fifty 8 ͦ Grill, the Chinese restaurant Yong Yi Ting, the international restaurant Zest, Riviera Lounge, Qi Bar and The Mandarin Cake Shop.

During my stay, I had dinner at 1* Yong Yi Ting which features Jiang Nan cuisine (江南菜) from south of the Yangtze River - known for its light and delicate flavors. Chef Tony Lu of the Fu restaurants in Shanghai used to be a consultant here and while that’s no longer the case, the restaurant has preserved many of his dishes along with new ones from the current chef. My favorite dish of the meal was the sweet peas soup with the super soft meatball which I was able to cut into it with a ceramic spoon!

Appetizer Combination Jiangnan Style

Double Boiled Pork Ball Soup with Vegetables

Deep Fried Prawns with Mustard sauce and Fruits

菠菜春併 • 滑烤牛肋
Spinach Pan Cake with Grilled Beef

Poached Baby Cabbage with Ham in Broth

Yellow Croaker Wonton in Fish Soup

Sweetened Lily Bulbs with Gorgon Fruit and Osmanthus

While breakfast is offered at Zest, I decided to have mine at the more exclusive and secluded Club Lounge. A short menu of Western and Asian a la carte options were available to choose from along with an international array of buffet items from pastries, dim sum, congee, and more.

I enjoyed the beef noodles so much, I had to order it two days in a row!

Thank you Mandarin Oriental Pudong for the blissful stay!

Mandarin Oriental Pudong
China, Shanghai, Pudong, Lujiazui, 浦东南路111号 邮政编码: 200120
Tel: +86 21 2082 9888


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