Famous in Shanghai, as it soars above the city’s skyline, the 420m (1 ,375-ft) Jin Mao Tower lies east of the Huangpu River in Lujiazui, Pudong’s fastest growing business and financial area. Occupying the 53rd to the 87th floor, Grand Hyatt Shanghai has become one of the most significant landmarks in the city. Given the accolade of the highest hotel in the world in 2000, by the Guinness Book of Records, it provides a giddying panorama of the city.
As you enter the reception area on the 54th floor, double height glass windows ensure full use of the incredible view. Beautiful columns of French limestone echo the architecture of the Bund, which seems minute, hundreds of metres below. The hotel is dominated by a breathtaking, 33-storey atrium that provides as dizzying a spectacle as the views outside.
Six high-speed glass elevators take you to the lavish guestrooms that capture the true essence of modern Chinese chic. Tang Dynasty calligraphy, engraved onto lacquer screens and Ming-style wedding cabinets, are a sharp contrast to the sleek modern lines of the interior architecture Spacious bathrooms are adorned in glass and marble and have unsurpassed views of the city, for guests to admire while enjoying the ultimate power shower.
With 12 restaurants and bars scattered over the upper floors of the Jin Mao Tower there seems little reason to go down to ground level. Incorporating all possible tastes you can choose from French Brasserie style to up-market Italian, sleek Japanese to traditional Chinese with private balconies looking across Shanghai from the 54th floor .
For exclusive dining, Club Jin Mao offers the ultimate sophisticated setting, serving exquisite local Shanghainese cuisine. Canton, the hotel’s specialty restaurant, provides a more intimate environment with authentic Cantonese dishes such as shark’s fin, abalone and bird’s nest soup. The Grand Cafe, open 24- hours, fuses Asian and Western cuisine in a modern and dramatic open space The focal point for The Grill is the huge grill and rotisserie where you can watch your meat and seafood sizzle in front of you. At Kobachi you can enjoy the fun and relaxed atmosphere perched on a striking, central bar enjoying the restaurant’s specialties of sushi and yakitori. The Grand Hyatt Shanghai even has its own fast food restaurant, Food live, where you can grab a casual meal on the run. All the restaurants make full use of their height and are dominated by the dramatic views of the city.
For Shanghai’s most memorable cocktail visit Cloud 9. On the 87th floor it’s the highest bar in the world, and, according to Newsweek, one of the world’s greatest gathering places. The 3600 views are staggering both in the daytime, when you look down onto the meandering river, the Bund, The Pearl Tower and Shanghai’s skyline beneath you, and at night-time when a dazzling show of neon lights spreads across the city.
The stylized architecture has an ultra-modern finish in polished chrome and dark wood, and with an astounding capability to swing up to 75 cm (30 in) in the wind, you’ll never be quite sure if you’ve had one drink too many.
The Grand Hyatt Shanghai also boasts the highest fitness centre in the world A perfect place to build up your resistance to altitude it is also a heavenly retreat for both the mind and the body with a spacious and luxurious spa area. With a steam room, sauna and numerous spa pools, it provides
every indulgence in a state-of-the-art environment. The sky pool, with a somewhat dramatic infinity edge, allows you to exercise whilst taking in the breathtaking panorama of the Shanghai skyline.
For savvy business travellers the Business Centre provides every facility you should need including secretarial support, translation services and office equipment rental There’s a conference room along with numerous private rooms that can be rented for meetings 24 hours a day.
A short taxi-ride from the dizzying heights of your hotel room will take you across the Huangpu River to the historic Bund. Prestigious boutique malls containing luxury brands such as Armani, Cartier and Zegna and some of the city’s finest dining experiences reside in the colonial style waterfront buildings. On the near side of the river is the famous landmark of the Oriental Pearl Tower the aquarium and the Tourist Tunnel make for remarkable, if somewhat quirky, attractions.