I haven't stayed at the hotel, but I've done the high tea at Aura three times. It's one of my favorite in Shanghai; the view is absolutely the best! Unfortunately you have to go very early to secure a table at a window otherwise you are stuck waiting for one. The trays of goodies are excellent quality of food (at some of them, the food looks nice but is average at best) and it's one of the only ones where my friends and I demolish every bit. The service isn't totally amazing; we found you have to wave the servers down if you need something. Also, the Christmas tea wasn't as good as the regular high tea, which was a little disappointing as the option to order the regular one wasn't there. Overall - it is the place where we take our guests for a view and an afternoon of "playing ladies."