China's Grand Hyatt Shanghai, a perfect location for a city trip
On a recent trip to New Zealand I made a one day stopover in Shanghai. I chose to stay at the luxurious Grand Hyatt which was included in the 2000 Millennium edition of the Guinness Book of Records as the highest hotel in the world. Located in the prosperous Pudong business district, Grand Hyatt Shanghai is just 10 minutes from The Bund, the city’s famous waterfront showcasing turn-of-the-century architectural masterpieces and the Yu Yuan Garden. Shanghai Hong Qiao International Airport is a 30-minute drive and Grand Hyatt Shanghai is the closest five-star hotel from Pudong International Airport, approximately 45 minutes away. The hotel is a mere five-minute walk from a metro station of line 2 which services the Pudong International Airport.
The hotel begins on the 53rd floor of the Jin Mao Tower and rises all the way up to the 87th floor. Featuring contemporary art deco touches combined with traditional Chinese imagery, the guest rooms are spacious and all have stunning views of Shanghai. All guest rooms have complimentary broadband and wireless Internet access, CAT 5 high-speed modem computer dataports, two-line telephones and a voicemail message system. The oversized bathrooms are appointed with separate baths and showers, feature high-tech shower-towers with three shower heads and have heated mirrors in the shower cubicle (convenient for shaving while you shower), clear glass sinks and double-sided wardrobes.
I stayed in an elegant room on the 73rd floor which boasted amazing views over the Shanghai skyline. In addition to that, it offered all the amenities I could possibly ask for, including access to a lounge where complimentary evening cocktails and continental breakfast are served.
Amenities include fitness and recreational facilities, namely Club Oasis. In addition to comprehensive health club facilities and spa treatments, guests can enjoy swimming in the sky pool while enjoying the breathtaking panorama of the Shanghai skyline.
The hotel boasts a number of dining options, among them Canton restaurant, ON56 (a collection of eateries on level 56 featuring Kobachi Japanese restaurant; Cucina, an Italian restaurant serving brick-oven pizzas; The Grill, offering the freshest seafood and succulent prime-grade meats; Patio, a lounge at the base of the 33-storey atrium; and Wine Bar, offering the most extensive wine selection in town). Sky Lounge Cloud 9, situated on the 87th floor, is perfect for a cocktail to soak up the views.
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