A wall of color greets guests upon arrival at one of the newer luxury hotels in Shanghai, Mandarin Oriental Pudong.
When taking a look from a certain angle, this wall of color forms long tree trunks and leaves, creating a forest like environment. It leaves you feeling like you’re in a quiet oasis and anywhere but in one of China’s biggest and busiest cities.
The feeling doesn’t end there as you arrive at Riviera Lounge for afternoon tea at Mandarin Oriental Pudong Shanghai…
Mandarin Oriental Pudong, as the name suggests, is located in the Pudong district of Shanghai. This is Shanghai’s business district where you can find many offices, high rise buildings (including the tallest building in Shanghai!) and the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower, which happens to be within walking distance to the hotel.
Not only is it neighbors with some of Shanghai’s famous landmarks, but the hotel is also located by the Huangpu River, on the opposite side of the Bund.
Next to the lobby is Riviera Lounge, where afternoon tea is served. Since it is on the ground floor, there is no view. However, with spotless floor to ceiling glass windows and earthy colors throughout, the lounge feels bright and airy.
Tables with four big chairs or couches makes for a comfortable and enjoyable environment for a business or leisure chat. There’s even an option to sit outside!
Unlike Mandarin Oriental Pudong’s sister property in New York, Mandarin Oriental New York, the hotel does not have a tea specially made for them. However Riviera Lounge offers black, white, green, oolong, pu erh and non caffeinated herbal teas. Since this hotel is in China, I went with a black tea from China- Organic Bohea Lapsang.
The tea was to my liking. And even more to my liking was the beautiful tea cup and pot! No two tea cups, pots or plates are exactly the same because they are hand drawn with tree branches, birds and butterflies which adds to the earthy ambience of the lounge.
You can choose from two afternoon tea packages, Traditional and Chocolate. The Traditional tea package comes with assorted finger sandwiches; warm scones, homemade jam, clotted cream; homemade macaroons; selection of tea or Arabica coffee of your choice.
The Chocolate afternoon tea package has the same as Traditional but with the additional chocolate tart and chantilly basilica, black profiterole, chocolate coffee opera and assortment of chocolates.
The savory plate-
The scones (which were warm when served!)-
What’s unique about Mandarin Oriental Pudong’s afternoon tea is the presentation. The food is not served in the typical three tiered tray. Instead, it is brought out on three different plates first savory, then scones followed by pastries though you can ask to have it all brought out at the same time.
When arriving at the hotel, as with being in a place you’ve never been to before, I wasn’t sure where the Riviera Lounge was. Thankfully, there were friendly English speaking staff who were super helpful. The friendly service didn’t end there.
At the lounge, servers were attentive and always ready to answer any questions or get anything that was needed.
There is free WiFi at the hotel. Just ask the staff for a code which is valid for an hour.
Social Media Aspect
Mandarin Oriental Pudong is the best hotel on social media in Shanghai. They maintain a social presence everyday with interesting content, are quick to respond to comments and like or retweet any posts they are mentioned in.
Follow them on Twitter.
Become a fan on Facebook.
Enjoy behind the scenes and yummy food photos on Instagram.
After a busy day while on a business trip or being a tourist in Shanghai, afternoon tea at Mandarin Oriental Pudong is the place to be to enjoy a serene environment away from the noisy and busy city life.
Cost: Traditional 218 RMB (about USD $36) for one person; Chocolate 258 RMB (about USD $42) for one person; note there is a 15% surcharge
Tea Time: 2-5 pm at Riviera Lounge
Mandarin Oriental Pudong Shanghai
111 Pudong Road (S), Pudong,
Shanghai 200120, China
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Mandarin Oriental Pudong for afternoon tea. All views are my own.