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
We stayed at this Hotel in October. It is very close to the Yu Garden and just about 15 minutes to the Bund. I found the location excellent. The hotel itself is also pretty nice. Breakfast had many options and they also had a nice little gym. I am going back there next time in Shanghai!
First time stayed at this hotel. Heard that service was impeccable and i was fortunate to experience it. I stayed a total of 6 days at the Club room. Check in was swift. This entitled me to the use of the Club Lounge services on the 17th floor. There are teas, cakes and food available 4 times each day. Food was great. Breakfast is available either at the club lounge or at the cafe located on the 4th floor. Spread is not too bad. Housekeeping was efficient as well. When i complained that the air con was too warm, an engineer was promptly sent to fix the issue. The hotel is near the Yuyuan bazaar and the YuYuan Garden. I train stop from Nanjing East road where all the shops are. In fact we walk there amd to the Bund. It's about 1.2km. I would stay here again if I come up to Shanghai again.
Near the metro line 10 and on the round of the old city. New hotel with beautiful Czech glass decoration, huge breakfast incl. soups, sushi and rich salad buffet. The best view from the top to Pudong and river.
Definitely not up to normal Renaissance standards you’d expect, especially in Asia. I have minimal needs, and my recent stay fell well short. I had a broken air con and refrigerator. Bartender was also rude.
This was the first time I stayed at Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden. I was quite positively surprised about what the hotel has to offer. First of all, it is very nicely located, with proximity to subway station, and within short walk to Yu Garden, the famous ancient town 'Cheng Huang Miao', and the Bund. The view from the lounge is among the best one can find in Shanghai, facing the skyscrapers on the east side of Huangpu River. The gym and pool is on the top floor. Hotel staff are very friendly and professional. I will definitely stay here again when visiting Shanghai. It should be worthwhile to book a room, or better a studio/suite, with view of the Bund and the skyline of Lujiazui.