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Great Escapes: Shanghai

  • Karen Cakebread

In crowded Shanghai, where space is a precious commodity, visitors looking for refuge and convenience can secure one of the serviced accommodations at IFC Residence in the Pudong financial district. The area is home to the Shanghai Stock Exchange and some of the tallest buildings in China, as well as premier and plentiful shopping and dining options.

Andre Fu, an in-demand interior architect based in Hong Kong, designed the residential building as if it were a stately manor rather than a high-rise. This conceit is especially noticeable in common areas such as the third-floor living room—a series of large chambers opening onto a terrace (below) and embellished with artful lighting, hand-embroidered wall panels, and pieces of sculpture from Asian and European artists. An 82-foot indoor pool, a gym with a sauna and steam rooms, and in-room dining through an arrangement with the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, are just a few of the building’s facilities and amenities. All of IFC’s accommodations have fully equipped kitchens, home entertainment systems, and bathrooms with rain-style showers and tubs with TVs. The 296 residential units range from a 764-square-foot studio to a choice of four Sky Mansions, the largest of which is 4,801 square feet.

Rates: from about $4,500 to $30,000 monthly. Contact: IFC Residence, +86.21.2206.9988, www.ifcresidence.com

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