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Shanghai's swankiest hotel suites

By Sophie Lloyd
  • The Presidential Suite at Le Royal Meridien runs about $13,000 a night
  • A personal chef and butler will cater to your needs in the Park Hyatt Chairman Suite
  • The penthouse at the URBN Hotel has a private 120-square-meter rooftop garden

(CNNGo) -- Can someone check our mail and water the plants, please? Shanghai's most amazing hotel residences opened their doors to us and we aren't leaving. We may need a raise ...

The city's hotels have some of the most jaw-dropping square footage around. With price tags starting from RMB 10,000 a night (nearly $1,500), some can only dream of getting a toe in the door. But we've got a private pass.

JIA Shanghai: The Penthouse Suite

Avoid the rabble at this Shanghai sanctuary -- a private elevator shuttles you directly to this sleek and sexy 160-square-meter suite. With a black and white color scheme that the minimalist in you will relish and ultra-trendy furnishings straight from a design catalog, the look is one you'll be temped to try to recreate in your own pad when you get home.

Fully appointed with everything you'd expect in a penthouse suite, this residence also offers a barman and DJ on request. Although we could go on about the suite's other perks, like a 47-inch flat screen TV and Nintendo Wii, what will really catch your eye is the Bisazza-tiled bathroom with over-sized jacuzzi and steam room. This redefines the good life. Cost: RMB 10,000 (about $1,500) and up per night.

931 Nanjing Xi Lu, +86 21 6217 9000,

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Le Royal Meridien: The Presidential Suite

Occupying the entire 63rd floor of this five-star Shanghai skydagger are two palatial Presidential Suites for which no expense is spared. Choose between a grandiose Chinese-themed room or lavish Western style quarters, each claiming a massive 376 square meters. Hard decision, but you can't go wrong either way.

Both suites are hemmed by floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows with views that provide a postcard-worthy perspective on the Pearl Tower -- almost requisite for a suite in Shanghai. If you can't bear to pull yourself away from the cityscape, take advantage of the butler service for anything you might need. Cost: RMB 88,888 (about $13,000), plus 15 percent service charge.

789 Nanjing Dong Lu, +86 21 3318 9999, Le Royal Meridien

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Park Hyatt Shanghai: The Chairman Suite

You'll quite literally feel on top of the world in the Park Hyatt's 194-square-meter, 88th-floor Chairman Suite that's, well, fit for the Chairman himself.

Although not as large as some of its Shanghai contemporaries, these digs feature two king-sized beds, a bathroom with heated floors and window-side soaking tub designed without the acrophobic in mind.

To truly take advantage of the fully-equipped Bulthaup kitchen, surrender culinary duties during your stay and have the personal chef and butler cater to your every hunger pang. If you need a more immediate fix, there's always 24-hour room service plus a limousine on standby eight hours a day to speed you off to your destination of choice. Cost: RMB 88,000 (nearly $13,000), plus 15 percent service charge per night.

100 Century Avenue, +86 21 3855 1503,

The Portman Ritz-Carlton: The Ritz-Carlton Suite

If bigger means better, at 500 square meters, The Ritz-Carlton Suite is the benevolent king. With Shanghai's largest hotel suite in its portfolio, the Ritz-Carlton is the perfect place to spot royalty, heads of state and A-list celebrities.

At the entrance to the 44th floor, a Chinese courtyard-inspired foyer welcomes visitors. Once inside, the theme continues with an ornately appointed expanse trimmed in Chinese antiques and stunning views of the city skyline. The four-bedroom suite also allows occupants separation from the masses, offering its very own spa/exercise room equipped with a massage table, treadmill, sauna and steam room. Now, the only excuse you have for avoiding a workout is the Chinese antiques... breathtaking city vistas... errant luminaries... Cost: RMB 120,000 (about $17,500) per night.

1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, +86 21 6279 8888, The Portman Ritz-Carlton

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URBN Hotel: The Penthouse

You've planted trees to offset a carbon footprint widened by flying to Shanghai, now URBN Hotel's penthouse suite allows you to take your tree-hugging tendencies a step further.

There's no longer any need to trade comfort for a green conscience. This modestly luxe, environmentally-friendly suite was built with recycled materials drawn from dilapidated French Concession villas. With a view that exchanges the familiar Shanghai skyline for the oldest Magnolia tree in Jing'an (the magnolia is the city flower), your eco-happier quarters also include all the usual suite extras along with a bar (tended by bar staff on request) and in-room massage services.

The pièce de resistance, however, is the penthouse's private 120-square-meter rooftop garden. Flush with flora, the deck is perfect for hosting an al fresco soiree or enjoying private Tai Chi lessons -- all in the name of eco-consciousness. Price: RMB 2,800 (about $400) per night, plus 15 percent service charge.

183 Jiaozhou Lu, +86 21 5153 4600, Urbn Hotel

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