Renaissance by Marriott Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel
What We Love
- Central location – walking distance to the Bund, People’s Square and Xintiandi
- Dazzling views of the Old Town, Huangpu River and Shanghai skyline from the upper floors
- Extralong happy hour (cocktails and snacks from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.) in the Club Lounge
- Split-level jazz lounge with live bands and an expansive rooftop terrace
What To Know
- A 15 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Essentially a business hotel, albeit one with leisure-focused amenities
- There is no spa, but there’s a small 24-hour gym and a rooftop glass infinity pool
- Instead of the on-site restaurants, try one of the many authentic Chinese eateries in the neighborhood
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In contrast with the 16th-century Old Town, of which it has a bird’s-eye view, the property has contemporary interiors in primary colors geared to the young and hip at heart. Flamboyant crystal sculptures by Czech artist Borek Sipek and bold carpets decorated with Chinese snuff bottles make for a stylish take on the business hotel palette. Feng shui principles are evident in the elliptical atrium that stretches up through the 22-floor tower. But the real highlight is the view through the floor-to-ceiling widows – especially impressive at night, when the winged rooftops are embellished with fairy lights.
Bed and Bath
The 341 guestrooms are dressed in cheery turquoise and yellow with blond wood trimmings. Deluxe Rooms come with blue bubble-printed carpets and glass-walled bathrooms, while the spacious Studios have hardwood floors, walk-in wardrobes and freestanding bathtubs by the window in the living area. All rooms offer LCD TVs and high-speed Internet (which will run you an additional $19 per day). The large, supercomfy beds are complemented by an extensive pillow menu (green tea pillow, anyone?), available at the touch of the “Delighted to Serve” button.
Chefs at the Yu Garden Café’s lively breakfast buffet serve up fresh-squeezed juices and steaming baskets of dim sum. It’s worth booking a Studio or Suite, or paying the 150 yuan stipend (about $24), to get Club privileges, which include an hors d’oeuvres buffet (enough for a light dinner) and free-flow drinks from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the scenic 17th-floor Club Lounge. Shanghai’s famous jazz scene is alive and kicking at the penthouse JZ Lounge, a huge music club that hosts bands across two floors capped with a rooftop terrace. If you’re in need of a workout, there’s a 24-hour gym and a glass pool set into the side of the building with underwater views of the city from the 22nd floor.
How to Get There
The hotel and location are great and the staff is just outstanding. Everybody is always very friendly, welcoming and really helpful.
I come here frequently on business trips and enjoy it every time more.
This hotel is in a central location. Get a junior suite...room 1120 has a great bathtub and amazing view of the Pudong skyline. Good swimming pool with nice hot tub and super view. Nice club lounge but it can get busy!
It was a local trip with my mum and we decided to stay at a hotel that is very convenient in the city center. The hotel is very close to Yu Garden metro station (Line10) gate 3 and next to Yu Garden. Very good location and good view of Lujiazui.
The Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel has a very good location. Comfortable and clean. They provide mineral water after the breakfast. Special attention for the revolving restaurant in the top of the building, amazing view.
This was our second stay at this hotel, and it was just as good as before. In China, one can generally find very good prices for better hotels.
This hotel is located in my favorite part of Shanghai, Yuyuan Gardens. This district offers some great shopping values and is about a ten minute walk from the Bund and the river.
The room is quite spacious, and is very clean. Housekeeping did a great job, just like during our previous stay. Comfortable mattresses and several pillows insured a restful sleep.
The breakfast buffet offers both eastern and western choices. Eggs can be cooked to order in a variety of styles.
While we were there, a two-for-one buffet steak dinner was being offered, and even though the salad bar selections were a bit limited, I found it to be a completely satisfying dinner.
We had arrived at the Hongqiao train station from Beijing. Both this train station and the Hongqiao airport are on the same subway line. We purchased our three day subway passes there, and rode to the Yuyuan station without changing trains. The hotel is across the street from this station. Unfortunately, Hongqiao airport serves mostly domestic flights; foreign flights arrive into the Pudong, (PVG), airport. While one can get to the hotel from PVG by riding the #2 line and transferring at East Nanjing Rd station for a 1 stop ride on the #10, it could be a challenge with more than a large carryon bag, as the subway can be very busy at any time.
This is a great hotel for a stay in Shanghai. Strolling around the Yuyuan Garden area at night is pretty safe, you can see the nightly light show of the tall buildings across river, and the proximity to the subway makes getting around Shanghai very easy.
I am looking forward to our next sty at the Renaissance Yu Garden hotel on our next visit to Shanghai.