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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.