The view is a must when in Shanghai, but be aware for cheating staff!!
If you are not a quest at the hotel you have to pay a small cover charge at the bar entrance. It includes a "drink". This would have been ok but.. The drinks were absolutely horrible, but we got a really nice table just by the window so we were still happy. After sitting there few minutes a waiter came to tell us that after 8 pm they have a minimum 500 rmb charge at that table. We decided to move to bar counter where you had basically the same view to Pudong but also to what was happening in the bar!
The drinks included in the cover charge were premade and poured from filthy canisters!!! Only a little splash of Sprite was added so the drink seemed to be "just shaken". No wonder they tasted so bad and were really strong on alcohol, presumably some local poison! They seem to trust on the fact that when new customers enter the bar they all stare the magnificent view and do not pay attention what is happening in the bar.
We ordered another drinks just to see how they made those. My fiance had to ask the waiter to add whiskey in his Godfather, because you could only taste Amaretto in it. Yet another way to cheat you...
When we tried to pay for the second drinks they told first that my credit card did not work. Then it was that my pin was not ok. At this time it got really angry and told that there was nothing wrong with my card and I just used it to pay the cover charge at the door! They kept showing me the the payment device but I do not know any chinese, which they seemed to expoit very well. After all I gave up and paid in cash. I was told that I was not charged on my card, but quess what: I was!!
So it seemed that if you are not a hotel quest you will probably not return the bar to complain and you could be easily cheated. I do not really see how a hotel like Hyatt has staff that are clearly criminals! That is not how a five star hotel operates!!!
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