The new Club Lounge serves as a home away from home for global travelers with new interiors and a series of elevated Club experiences.
Shanghai, China – January 2019 – 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, has celebrated its 20th anniversary with a series of special experiences. To continue the legend of this pioneering hotel, the newly-renovated Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge is another remarkable milestone to celebrate by stepping into a whole new chapter in 2019. The refurbished Club Lounge has reopened on 12 January, 2019 and it reinforces the hotel’s unwavering commitment to providing excellent facilities and services. It also serves as a home away from home for travelers across the globe in downtown Shanghai, offering a series of elevated Club experiences beyond hotel rooms, combining intimacy, privacy and comfort in a redefined, contemporary, yet nostalgic ambiance.
Inspired by Shanghai’s glamorous 1920s and ‘30s and the exotic mood of “Ye Shanghai, Night Shanghai”, The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge is being transformed into a richly layered and tactile space with modern art deco motifs where the travelers can feel a sense of home while reveling in the comfortable and luxurious settings.
Located on 43rd floor of the hotel, the Club Lounge comprises a buffet area, a lounge section, business corner and a meeting room. The new entrance is marked by an elegant subdued threshold as guests enter along a gently curved, white lacquer-paneled wall with traditional molding. The main dining area consists of buffet bars and a central live cooking island surrounded by dining tables with black and tan leather chairs. On the other side of the lounge, the teal carpeted internet and library lounge is visually anchored with a custom apothecary-inspired cabinet. The combination of both modern and traditional, upholstered seating and dark lacquered pieces creates a graceful and comfortable retreat from the bustling city.
The Ritz-Carlton Club is not just about luxurious surroundings. Discerning travelers should opt for the Club floor rooms, which come with a dedicated Club Concierge team available daily from 6:30 to 23:30 and a 24-hour access to the brand-new lounge. From private check-in, welcome drinks, restaurant reservations to personalized itinerary suggestions or any individual needs, guests can be rest assured to stay and explore the city without hustle.
Club guests will be impressed with five complimentary culinary presentations in a private and tranquil setting with a breathtaking view of the Shanghai city. The elevated rotational menus are specially curated by the new Executive Chef, Fabio Pineda featuring authentic international and Pan-Asian cuisines. During breakfast, a seasonal morning refresher before coffee or tea is perfect to start the day, followed with an extensive and tantalizing buffet selection and rich bakery items. Guest will be thrilled with the thoughtful lunch buffet items from daily soups, salads, and sandwiches to local hot dishes and food being served by chefs at the live station à la minute according to guests’ personal preferences. Escape from the crowds, guests can spend precious moment together with business partners, friends or family for a seasonal afternoon tea. Last but not least, sip and savor crafted cocktails and delectable desserts during the evening to rest and unwind before the end of the day.
Five complimentary culinary presentations daily at the Club Lounge:
06:30 – 11:00
12:00 – 14:00
14:30 – 16:30
Hors d'oeuvres and Cocktails
17:00 – 20:00
Chocolates and Cordials
20:00 – 22:00
For world travelers seeking to discover and experience something local without plans outside the hotel, the exclusive weekly experiential event on every Wednesday evening enables guests to interact with local masters for different activities including xiaolongbao making, handcrafted cocktail tastings, traditional kite or lantern making, and more.
Extending comforts beyond the Club Lounge and hotel rooms, guests can enjoy an array of exclusive privileges to feel like home, such as complimentary pressing service, local calls and Internet connectivity, business centre service, and complimentary use of the private meeting room. Guests can also request barista-made coffee or loose-leaf tea, served direct to guestrooms within 10 minutes at any hour of the day or night. In addition, for short trips in the vicinity of the hotel, a complimentary chauffeur-driven Club limousine is on stand-by to drive guests from 7am-10pm daily. When it’s time to leave, simple check-out at the Club Lounge is a breeze, with pre-arranged billing procedures and personal send-off.
“As we continuously seek opportunities to innovate and improve the Ritz-Carlton experience, we are very excited to introduce the enhancements to our Club and Suite guests. The newly-renovated Club Lounge is a vivid example of how we listen and anticipate the needs of our guests as part of The Ritz-Carlton service legacy,” says Mr. Tarik Temucin, Multi-Property General Manager, Luxury, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou, and General Manager of The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai.
New Executive Chef Fabio Pineda
With over 20 years of culinary experience from the United States, Middle East, and Asia including Mainland China, Chef Fabio is recognized with strong knowledge of Mediterranean, modern American, Latin and Asian cuisines. Chef Fabio was most recently executive chef at The Address Montgomerie, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he led a multi-cultural team in the high-end boutique property with three restaurants and large banquet operations. Prior to that, he oversaw a cluster of three hotels in the market comprising 19 outlets and large banquet operations at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman for two years. Chef Fabio was also executive sous chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya and was in charge of all operations for eight outlets. He has held several executive and leadership roles in unique properties under the Fairmont group in Bangkok, Thailand; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Miami, Florida.