The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai Turns 20 Mainland China’s first Ritz-Carlton hotel celebrates its 20th anniversary year with unique experiences
Shanghai, China – 2018 – 2018 is an important year for the Ritz-Carlton brand as The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai, first Ritz-Carlton property to open in Mainland China, turns 20.
Located within the iconic Shanghai Centre mixed commercial complex, The Portman Ritz-Carlton is a pioneering hotel that became part of the Shanghai cityscape in the midst of a building boom that had attracted global businesses and international guests at an unprecedented pace. The hotel played a significant role in the city’s development and grew along with the city, both proving their mettle and making history in positioning Shanghai as a key financial and commercial hub of Mainland China.
By introducing the brand’s legendary Gold Standards and Ritz-Carlton service from January 1998, The Portman Ritz-Carlton also became a part of the city’s many firsts – from hosting global conferences and sporting events to opening of a world-class museum – all in partnering and delivering a culture of innovation with a unique service philosophy that have become a benchmark for the market.
The Portman Ritz-Carlton was also among the pioneers of fine dining in the city with the opening of award-winning Italian, Japanese, Chinese and western restaurants, each featuring authenticity and quality that had set a new lifestyle standard in Shanghai with its innovative dining experiences and spaces, including a luxury yacht in its early years.
By emboldening the Employee Promise that pledges to treat its employees as the most valued assets, The Portman Ritz-Carlton has consistently been recognized as Best Employer by industry organizations since 2001 as reflected in the high number of long-term employees at the hotel.
To celebrate their 20th anniversary, The Portman Ritz-Carlton has introduced several guest experiences that can be enjoyed in the year and beyond.
20th Anniversary History Book
To commemorate this milestone, the hotel released a limited edition 20th anniversary book to celebrate its history in Shanghai and to recognize The Portman Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen who have proudly served Ladies and Gentlemen with a culture of service and excellence for two decades. The book is available for reading in the hotel’s guest rooms and public spaces.
Curated Walking Tours
In The Ritz-Carlton brand mission to inspire life’s most meaningful journeys for our guests, The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai offers the best of its destination and locale through its customized Curated Walking Tours, a pack of four hand-illustrated and designed maps that highlight the “Top 60” things to do in the neighborhood – specifically the Heritage Trail, Foodie Trail, Art Trail and Best of Our Neighborhood Trail, the latter being an assemblage of top picks from the first three maps. Offering a world of discovery, guests can explore the district within three kilometers walking distance from the hotel.
Heritage Trail: Top 20 best of Shanghai Art Deco, historic and protected buildings, former residences of the famous
Foodie Trail: Top 20 venues from street grub to Michelin starred restaurants, taste the best of local and international cuisine near the hotel all within walking distance
Art Trail: Top 20 best of art in all its forms – form boutique galleries, street art, hand-sewn shoes to local designer creations
Best of Our Neighborhood Trail: Top 20 best of all the above in one map
The maps are available by request at check-in, at the Club Lounge and concierge desk.
Ye Shanghai – Signature Cocktail of The Portman Ritz-Carlton
Inspired by the city’s fragrant and tasteful ingredient of autumn, the Osmanthus flower lends its distinctive flavor in a mix of Bourbon Whiskey, Tio Pepper Fino Sherry, Italian Sweet Vermouth, Osmanthus Syrup and a dash of Rhubarb Bitters, topped with Homemade Osmanthus Foam for a velvety finish.
The non-alcoholic 20th anniversary celebratory drink of The Portman Ritz-Carlton is a charming blend of fragrant Osmanthus tea, Lapsong Tea, Dried Chrysanthemum Flowers, and enhanced with Osmanthus Syrup.
The Ye Shanghai cocktail and mocktail are available at The Ritz Bar & Lounge and are each priced at RMB 98 plus 15 per cent service charge.
The Portman Ritz-Carlton Lion
Guests can bring home a unique memorabilia of the hotel’s 20 years with the limited edition Ritz-Carlton Lion soft toy sold at RMB 198 net each. 20% of sale proceeds go to supporting the Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints projects in China.
20th Anniversary Afternoon Tea
Guests can enjoy a delightful selection of traditional scones, artisanal savory, sweet offerings and fine tea with the 20th Anniversary Afternoon Tea amidst the charming 1930s Shanghai-inspired surroundings of The Ritz Bar & Lounge. Highlights of the menu include the Bring on the Bling tea, a remix of classic black tea offering a velvety, flavorful swirl of glittery goodness and gilded caramel nuggets that take this cupper to a whole other level. Available from September 15, 2018 until the end of year at RMB 368 plus 15 per cent service charge per set.
20th Anniversary Room Package
Guests can enjoy the celebratory room package experience that includes a room upgrade with panoramic views of the Shanghai city skyline, continental and pan-Asian inspired breakfast at Portman’s Restaurant and complimentary cocktails at The Ritz Bar & Lounge that provides a fashionable respite to start the evening.
Room package benefits:
Book the Deluxe room, enjoy upgrade to the Shanghai Skyline room upon reservation
Enjoy two complimentary buffet breakfast at Portman’s Restaurant per day
Enjoy two crafted cocktails at The Ritz Bar & Lounge per stay