We arrived early at 1 PM so we had to wait for about one hour for our room. During that time, we were seated at the lobby and were given complimentary drinks. The lobby had a very impressive view of the Shanghai skyline-we sensed that this hotel is something out of the ordinary. After an hour of waiting, we were able to check in to our room at the 84th floor. It was a very modern, Zen-like designed room that had a good view of the Jin Mao Tower, Huang Pu river and the Bund. We also had a view of the Expo site.
Because of the view from our room, we never felt the need to go to the SWFC observatory a few floors above us.
My family was impressed and we felt that we had made the right choice. The room mostly in dark gray and brown colors had a big working desk, a sofa and king-sized bed. The bed side control panel had controls for the curtain, lighting, etc. Internet access was complementary.
The walk-in dressing room and bathroom were quite big and had nice a rainshower facilitiy. The toiletries were impressive. The separate toilet had the automatic Toto toilet seat. The toilet was quite dark but this might be the most modern hotel toilet in the world.
We tried the buffet breakfast at the Dining Room. This was quite pricey compared to the breakfast we had at the Yi Cafe at the Pudong Shangrila. While Yi Cafe had a more impressive variety of food, the Dining Room gets our vote for overall food quality and service. The bread and cakes were fresh as well as the fruit juice drinks. We also raved about the organic egg dishes.
We also tried the 100th Century Avenue Restaurant. Reservations are a must for dinner as it really gets crowded. We were given a window side table and the views were again very impressive. The beef steak and pork dishes we were served were very good. The place was quite busy so the servers were hard to come by as they were rushing to and fro.
The swimming pool at the 85th floor had underwater led lights and was about 1.2 meters deep and 25 meters long. The pool was very clean and the pool side had plenty of pool side seating available. The overall atmosphere is that of luxury. The gym had state of the art machines.
There is a Tai chi class in the morning and held in front of the gym.
The service was very attentive although there were times when we found minor problems in the English communication skills of the staff.
The welcome cocktails held every Wednesday evening for hotel guests was a nice touch.
The hotel is in the Pudong area and it is about 10 minute walk from the subway station and from the Orient Pearl Tower. The Jin Mao Tower is just across the street so you can also try the restaurants at the Grand Hyatt. The hotel is connected to the SWFC mall which had a few restaurants and a number of convenience stores.
This is one of the best hotels in the world in terms of facilities and service.
The room was very impressive and staying in the hotel itself was an experience we will never forget. The view of the Shanghai skyline from the room and the public areas were stunning. I and my wife slightly prefer the Peninsula over the Park Hyatt but this is quite a very close choice. My son actually prefers the Park Hyatt. In conclusion, staying at the hotel is an experience in itself so we plan to stay here again.
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- occupying the 79th to 93rd floors of the Shanghai World Financial Center ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Hyatt Shanghai Hotel Shanghai
- Hyatt Shanghai