Having stayed in close to 100 hotels over the years, it's becoming harder and harder to impress me... Then, I booked a room at Park Hyatt Shanghai for a recent business visit...
As the taxi pulled up, three if not four smartly dressed staff swiftly walked up and helped with my bags. After being whisked through a few vast, automatic doors, making me feel not unlike Mr Bond himself, I was escorted personally to the lobby on 87th floor of Shanghai World Financial Centre, currently the tallest building in China.
Daniel, one of the front desk managers, greeted me personally before I was shown my room. I call it a room here but it is actually the size of an apartment. Correction, a very smart apartment indeed!
Park Hyatt's famed though slightly oxymoronic minimalist luxury was evident from floor to ceiling (all 4 metres or so of it!): the oversized tub big enough for 3 adults, gargantuan rain shower (no idea how they get that kind of water pressure?!), remote-controlled white-linen Roman blinds (and blackout curtains that really do what it says on the tin), a duck-down filled chaise lounge and listen to this: an automatic toilet, which lifts its lid as soon as you walk in, and will warm the seat once you're sat down...
And then, there's the view... I was fortunate enough to be upgraded to a room with breathtaking views of Jinmao Tower, Huangpu River and the Bund. Trust me, you would be hard-pressed to find a better panorama to have a glass of chilled Champagne with a loved one!
The hotel's supremely high quality 'hardware' was matched by the service. The concierge team was certainly one of the best around, and these guys really know their stuff and city well. A special thank-you to Jacky who really has patience of a saint, and helped me secure a last-minute table on a Saturday night in a very good restaurant, after making no less than 8 phone calls to various restaurants and me. Hanson, another front office manager, and Melissa and John also made a lasting impression during my short visit. Two thumbs up!
Being where it is, and with 'that' view, it's hardly surprising that the hotel lobby bar, or 'the Living Room' as it's affectionately called, is frequented by non-guests from the world over. However, the hotel has a very civilised policy of reserving certain tables for hotel guests only so I never had trouble finding a good seat. Another nice touch, I must say.
If I am being exceptionally pernickety, the gym is a tad small and the heaviest dumbbells are 10kg. The adjacent infinity pool though, is something else... Seeing is believing...
Enjoy your stay! ;-)
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- occupying the 79th to 93rd floors of the Shanghai World Financial Center ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Hyatt Shanghai Hotel Shanghai
- Hyatt Shanghai