Few places inspire more romance, passion, respect or just plain awe than the Shanghai Grand Hyatt in the Jinmao Tower. Once you walk into the main floor lobby you are whisked to a golden elevator (literally) that lifts you fifty stories off the ground before ushering you into the real grand lobby.
Your eyes may need time to adjust to all the gold visible from the main lobby and piano bar. From there to the 88th floor above lies an open space with balconies looking down into the piano bar. You can climb the stairs or take an elevator behind a glass waterfall to reach the summit. From there you can look down on all the marvelous floors of the Grand Hyatt. This view is one that is so architecturally stunning and impressive that people go out of there way to simply catch a glimpse of the beautiful design. Luckily, you don’t need to be a guest to hang out in the lobby, and while you may want to dress to impress to fit in, the staff are more than willing to point the way towards the beautiful piano bar lobby, or to the elevators for the 88th floor or observation deck.
Rooms here cost a pretty penny, but those pennies are well worth it once you get to your room and see the view. Whether you book a room on the 55th or 87th floor, you’ll be impressed with the view. Jinmao Tower, the building that houses the Grand Hyatt- Shanghai, looks out over the Huangpu River, which bisects the city into an old town (Puxi) and a newer business area (Pudong). From the bank of the river on the Pudong side the Jinmao has an impressive, if not envied, location. At sunset, you’ll be especially impressed, and likewise again when the city’s vibrant lights come on and sprinkle the river with multi-colored reflections.
The Grand Hyatt is a favorite for weddings and business parties, and their conference center and banquet halls are superb. The chef has a distinctly European palate, and his dishes range from sirloin steaks to pasta dishes that rival homeland Italian recipes. The buffet is expensive, but well worth it to anyone who truly loves western cuisine. There are a sprinkling of Asian delicacies in the buffet and in the menu, but most of the clientele arrive for the unparalleled western food.
Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend get away, a honeymoon location that will be unforgettable, or a chic place to book your next company conference, the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai will be able to accommodate your needs.