Soaring above the ever growing skyline of one of China’s most famous cities, the Park Hyatt Shanghai is located on floors 79 to 93 of the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC). Both the Park Hyatt and the SWFC are symbols of design, luxury and prosperity in Asia. The location of this great hotel makes it one of the most unique hotels on earth.
From first opening in fall 2008 til the recent opening of the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, the Park Hyatt remained the tallest hotel in the world and the tallest building in China. The growing buildings of the Pudong area of Shanghai seem to be in a race as there is construction going on next door for what is going to be the tallest building in the world in 2014. At its opening, the Park Hyatt surpassed the Grand Hyatt which is located in the top floors of the neighboring skyscraper, the Jin Mau tower. Few other hotels in the world come close to these heights but if you visit Shanghai, the sky is the place to be.
Signs on the base floor direct you to the entry way to the Park Hyatt. You actually exit the financial center, walk outside and enter a cave like hallway. The luxurious entryway leads only to the elevators which only have one button: 88. Elite members can skip their plot to get upgraded to a higher floor. Upon arrival we were checked in and escorted to the room’s elevator and given a tour of our room. The room deserved a tour and a guide book on the desk to the electronics. A T.V. is built into the mirror in the bathroom and the giant door to the bathroom is a swinging mirror itself. When closed, the massive door becomes seemingly nothing more than a mirrored wall, as it has a magnet system for opening and closing that nullifies the need for a door knob. The self-proclaimed “174 luxury room & suite” hotel is well deserved.
The upgrade to a deluxe room made the visit more spacious of course but it’s hard to notice anything other than the view. Due to the large windows that make up the outside of the SWFC, the view from the shower, the desk, the beds, the restaurants and even the pool is what makes the hotel special. This is truly one of the hotels in the world you need to experience. Experience being part of the great Chinese skyline and experience the luxury this hotel provides their guests.
Hyatt’s service and great locations make their rewards program quite valuable but it is due to their rewards-nights pricing that Hyatt has the best hotel rewards program in my opinion. The Park Hyatt Shanghai can be redeemed for 18,000 points a night.
The Hyatt Visa card gives you 2 free nights in any hotel in the world after you spend $1,000 as well as Hyatt Platinum Status and a free night (at category 1-4 hotels) on your anniversary.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred gives you 50,000 points after you spend $3,000 dollars and then allows you to transfer 1:1 to Hyatt.
A free night at the Park Hyatt Shanghai would be no waste.