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.
How to Get There
1. Hotel is easy to get to from Line 10- get out at the Yuyuan Garden stop, go to exit 3, up the stairs and cross the street. Yes, it’s that close and convenient. After getting off a 15 hour flight I wasn’t sure how much effort it would be but it was simple.
2. We were warmly greeted by Leo at the front desk. He explained that they were able to put us on the club level with adjoining king-double with an additional rollaway. We booked a room with my titanium and wife’s platinum so he gave us access to the lounge for 5 (teenagers and an 8 yo).
3. First time we visited the lounge (snacks, happy hour) or restaurant (breakfast), the staff kept insisting we could only have 4 ppl. After we mentioned that Leo said it was fine, they didn’t ask again for us to pay for an additional person.
4. Used the gym daily and it was a nice size. On the first day one machine was broken and I was skeptical that they wouldn’t fix it. On the fourth day, I noticed it was fixed. Good to see they maintain the equipment.
5. Only drawback was the AC didn’t seem to be working well. After the first day it seemed like the cleaning lady came in and changed it back to the higher temp. We left a note asking to keep it at 20 and she never seemed to bother with it again.
6. Good housekeeping with nightly turn down (maybe only on club level).
7. Pool was nice too. Most places require swim cap but this didn’t seem to be enforced. We brought ours having had this experience before in other international hotels.
8. Wasn’t sure of the location but it was great with lots to do in the area and only about a 15 min walk to the Bund.
9. The Yu Garden and market area were great to have so close by.
The hotel is very close to the famous Yu Garden, which walks only about 8-10 minutes. Also close to the Metro station. Actually, we walked about 30 minutes to the Huangpu River to see the famous Shanghai skyscrapers and the Bund. Very strategic location! Most hotel staff do not speak English, but they should be commended when they help us using the mobile app to make translations! Yes, I highly recommend this hotel if you are traveling with your family or for a business trip.
Thanks to front desk ladies , mostly is Sybil smart and pretty gal upgraded my stay to room with better view (city and river view)!! Very comfy and giant bed LOL and complimentary drink for Marriott member;)
Good Location , just next to famous food street Yu Garden !!
The Hotel is very close to Yu Gardens and literally across the road from a Metro station so very convenient.
Check in was easy and the rooms were spacious clean and very comfortable. We ate in the restaurant one evening and this was the only downside to the hotel. we chose the A La Carte menu and the food was average really not up to standard of this class of hotel which was a shame, also the staff didn't really seem to know what they were doing ( apart from the restaurant manager).
Overall a good hotel for seeing the sites of Shanghai. just eat elsewhere. To be fair the breakfast was good with plenty of choice
I got wowed by their robot room service!! Very amazing!!
This hotel is near the famous Yu Garden. Just need to spend 5-10 mins you can walk to there. The lobby is big and clean. Highly recommended this hotel if you with your families or for business trip