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
Stayed here for two nights at the end of a three week trip to Asia. We stayed in a Club room and enjoyed the lounge access each day. We wished we had stayed longer since this hotel was very convenient for exploring Shanghai. The only negative was my forgetting a battery that I left charging in our room. Within a couple of hours of our departure, the staff at the hotel emailed me and offered to mail me the battery. Unfortunately, the cost to ship to the US via FEDEX was double what the battery was worth.
Renaissance Yu Yuan is next to Yu Garden and Old God Temple, and 15 minutes gentle walk to the Bund.
It has unobstructed views of Pudong skyscrapers especially from the club lounge and selected rooms.
Jone and Helen from the club lounge were extremely helpful and deserve compliments.
The hotel is really old with a small ground lobby and a very unimpressive level 4 lobby.
The main breakfast cafe offers bigger variety than the club lounge so take your breakfast there if you have club lounge access. But the staff was poorly trained insisting that I only paid for two breakfast even though I actually paid for three. Feedback to management was swiftly addressed.
The club lounge offers light food for breakfast and happy hours so don’t expect dinner. The view is fantastic if your room has no Pudong view. See dawn, dusk and night lights.
My studio room which is one of the higher end room was really not very luxurious. Small bathroom. Turn down service was missed out on two out of the four nights I stayed!
They use a robot to deliver service request which is interesting.
The gym is decent but old. No barbell.
I probably won’t stay there again.
We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights. Upon request the staff checked us in gave us a free upgrade to a spacious room with a great view of the city. 2nd day when we came back to our room after shopping around 6pm we found there were no lights working in the room except for the bath room. When we notified the issue to the reception, immediately they sent someone to fix the issue and the lights were back. Later on this night we wanted to order room service dinner and the phone line was not working. After informing the night manager of the issue immediatly they resolved the issue. Staff were very prompt in addressing the issue and also offered complimentary upgrade to a better room. However as we were very much settled in the room that we were in we declined the offer. Therefore the next day when we returned to our room after shopping they surprised us with a beautiful afternoon tea. Very impressed with the hotel staff and their service. Hotel is in a very convenient location for shopping and eating places.
Staff could speak english better than other hotels we stayed in china. Breakfast was good with western dishes.
Here begin our trip to Shanghai at this time ! The hotel is well located, very close to the river side as well the traditional hi garden ! The staff is very friendly and the executive lounge on the 17th floor has great river view! Strongly recommended
We had a great time in Shanghai because of this hotel. The executive club personnel were exceptionally helpful, friendly and professional. Amenities were also good but location was a wee bit out. Most activities seemed to be located at Nanjing East Road station and can only be accessed from Yu Garden station.