Kiwi Insider Erik Wachtmeister recently traveled to China. In the first part of this two part series, he recounts his experience at the Park Hyatt Shanghai, a perfect hotel for business travelers to China and vacationers alike.
Thanks primarily to the most extraordinary hotel experience in my life, Shanghai became one of the high points of my recent trip to China! The Park Hyatt Hotel in Shanghai, which just opened in December last year, is an extraordinary, exquisite and exciting place to stay.
It is situated on floors 77 to 91 in the tallest rooftop building in the world. Our “room” had 5 meter ceilings, and was 425 meters in size on the 85th floor. I have never experienced a jetliner view like this before.
There are not enough ways to praise this gorgeous Shanghai hotel. Every visitor to Shanghai should stay there. The service, the breakfast, the efficient staff and the architectural splendor really gives you a glimpse into what the next century will look like. The A Small World hotel (ASW) finder and booking engine contributed to a rather spectacular upgrade.
Restaurants of note are the Kee Club for British Colonial charm (by Dunhill), Vue restaurant and Park Hyatt’s 91st floor Century Avenue for the views, and Crystal Jade for a Dim Sum lunch. As well, Yu Gardens is great for shopping for high quality and reasonably priced goods.
A stroll down along the river by the bund is also a must.
Shanghai is evolving at a rapid pace, but this also has its consequences with building sites everywhere.
The city is frantically preparing for the 2010 China Expo. ASW member and Hyatt General Manager Christophe Sandone gave a chilling perspective on the changing economy. The ratio for visitors to locals has switched from 70% and 30% to 30% and 70%.
Occupancy rates and hotel budgets are off by 30 to 40%. Visibly, the 87 floor lobby and lounge and 91 floor restaurant had almost only Asian customers.
Yet many claim that Shanghai will ultimately be the center of the Asian Universe.