Touted as the one of the world’s tallest hotels, the Grand Hyatt Shanghai occupies the top 36 levels of the 88-floor Jin Mao Tower, which ranks as the fifth highest building in the world. With its location within the city’s burgeoning financial hub, multilingual staff and a Lobby Manager who’s on duty 24 hours, the Grand Hyatt is a haven for corporate travelers.
Most rooms feature ceiling-to-floor windows, offering spectacular views of The Bund, a stretch of historical buildings along the famous Huang Pu River that have been restored to their former glory. While the hotel’s sleek glass architecture creates an air of stylish chic, its interiors are traditional and hark back to a different era. Antique Chinese red lacquer screen headboards feature Tang Dynasty poems in gold calligraphy, while Ming-style wedding cabinets house the T.V. sets. The top eight floors belong to the Grand Club, which features a two-story-high lounge and private butlers.
If you’re not really into exploring Shanghai’s array of cultural sights, take advantage of Hyatt’s dizzying restaurant and lounge choices. Whether you order a Cantonese shark’s fin soup, brick-oven pizza or a Shanghainese hot pot at 3 a.m., you’ll be treated to western-style hospitality tempered with Asian grace. Nothing beats Cloud 9 for an evening of romance. Its sky-high position on level 87 offers sweeping, 360-degree views of the city – also conducive for quiet contemplation over a cognac. Or head over to the Wine Bar and let your taste buds tingle with a selection of over 150 labels.