Shanghai’s second Four Seasons occupies a relatively convenient, if not particularly prestigious, position behind a trio of soaring skyscrapers in the Lujiazui financial district. Exuding “New China” glam, the lobby is bedecked with veined marble, crystal chandeliers, and a dramatic spiral staircase. The sleek guest rooms are well equipped (iPod docks, 46-inch TVs, hypoallergenic pillows), with splashes of deep-red stingray leather, ebony woods, and polished chrome complementing their star feature: dazzling city views, especially at night. On the food front, Shàng-Xí serves Chinese dishes given an artful molecular kick in a bijoux 22-seat dining room; the considerably less discreet Camelia (kitted out with flaming feature walls) offers separate wine and sushi bars plus a tucked-away garden terrace. Don’t forget to pack stylish swimwear, too, as the pool is simply sensational, with infinity edges encased by soaring glass walls that capture a breathtaking Skyfall-like panorama of Pudong’s mega-structures.
210 Century Ave.; 86-21/2036-8888; Four Seasons Pudong website; doubles from US$450
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