Grand Hyatt Shanghai
What We Love
- Wowing it up—way up—as part of Pudong’s iconic skyline
- 57th-floor swimming pool, one of the city’s highest
- The world’s longest laundry shoot; air buffers slow the sheets on their almost quarter-mile drop
- Soft jazz lilts up the 33-story atrium (just try not to crane your neck)
What To Know
- Taxis and nearby subway notwithstanding, Pudong can be a hike to tourist sites
- Book a River View room for vertigo-inducing vistas of the Bund and beyond
- Rooms are amply sized for an urban hotel
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The 555-room crown to the Jin Mao Tower, Pudong’s 88-story post-modern pagoda offers plenty of reasons to stay in the clouds. The tricked out fitness/pool/spa complex and nine restaurants and bars, including the Cloud 9 cocktail den on the 87th floor, are chief among them. Late-arrivals will appreciate the 24-hour Art Deco-style Shanghainese bistro. Room decor is contemporary corporate with bits of flash: minimalist headboards, crackled red lacquer walls with Yang-dynasty poems scrawled in gold, and, in the large marble bathrooms, clear glass sinks and deep-soaking tubs. You barely need those sick floor-to-ceiling views to remind you you’re on top of it all.
In the Area
Symbolic of Shanghai’s ascendant status, Pudong (literally “East of the River”) is an epicenter of heady excess, from Asia’s longest underwater tunnel at the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium to the 100th-floor observation deck at Shanghai World Financial Center, Mainland China’s tallest building. In 2014, the Shanghai Tower will leapfrog it by an additional 140 meters. Farther afield, Century Park is the city’s largest lung, Shanghai Disneyland’s Enchanted Storybook Castle will eventually be the world’s grandest, and when coming from the airport, you might as well travel 268 mph aboard the Shanghai Maglev, the world’s fastest train in commercial service.
How to Get There
I've been to Shanghai three times this year and have always stayed in the Grand Hyatt. Service is great and the staff goes out of their way to be helpful. I would not stay anywhere else. Stay on the club floor to take advantage of great views and very good food and service.
It is still very the the same hotel, as when it opened. Venue is great, rooms a bit bland, certainly after the Conrad in Xiamen. Not even an espresso machine in the room. And a functioning remote, and daily new shampoo would help in upgrading the experience. Internet quite slow and difficult to get an upgrade to work. Late dinner while buffet is cleared, with actual room service food is not a good show. Breakfast OK but not very good. Understaffed at but too.
With a fantastic location in Pudong right next to Shanghai Tower, the Grand Hyatt is what it claims to be: luxury hotel with very nice facilities. Breakfast is good, and conference facilities are very good.