This was my second visit this year to the Grand Hyatt at the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai. I continue to be fascinated by this gem of a hotel every time I come here- not just because of its sheer size or it’s unparalleled beauty- but because of the complex architecture that its continues to project. I wish I was the proud architect of this splendour of a Hotel. With its 420.5 meter height and “Pagoda” style design, it’s simply stunning- you have to be here to experience and feel the energy of this place. It goes without saying that as an Engineer by background I don’t take such things for granted- unlike most guests in luxury hotels’ around the world. For most people the Grand Hyatt is yet another sign of their importance in life and a strong message for them to say,” Yes I am able to afford to stay at a top notch 5 star hotel in Shanghai!”. I
t’s a place that for some portrays elegance, while for others it’s like the Mecca for dining while on a night out in Pudong. The most striking aspect with the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai is that the Check in at the 53rd floor of the Jin Mao Tower and not on the ground floor (well, this is now also evident with the Grand Hyatt in Guangzhou). Crowning the prestigious 88 storey Jin Mao, the hotel rises up to the 87th floor (with the 88th floor being the observation deck that forms part of a different department). The 555-room Grand Hyatt Shanghai is located in the centre of Lujiazhui, Pudong’s business and financial area (China’s equivalent of “Manhattan”, “Canary Wharf” and “Hong Kong’s Central” Area).
The views are breathtaking. I stayed on the 62nd floor, and even from there I could easily see the whole of the Shanghai Expo Area with my naked eye to the south and the whole of Shanghai’s Western side (including the famous Nanjing Lu). So, what’s the key reason for the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai being located in the Jin Mao Tower? It’s the location and the stunning views that it provides to its guests. With only around a 30 minute taxi ride to Hongqiao Airport and around a 45 minute taxi ride to Pudong Airport, the hotel is located right in the heart of the most happening place in the city. The vast majority of the tourist attractions are within a few minutes of walking distance from the hotel- not really any need to even catch a taxi! One of the most striking images of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai has to be its 31 story atrium, which starts on the 56th floor at the PATIO lounge, and soars to the 87th floor.
Guests can sit in the PATIO Lounge and look upwards towards the stunning views of the interior space- it’s feels as if you are in a dream tunnel or something. CLOUD 9, on the other hand, as an extroverted view as it’s located on the 87th floor and enjoy fascinating views of the city. I would personally sum the Grand Hyatt Shanghai has a hotel that has a strong emphasis on providing a magnificent dining experience. With the myriad of international luxury brand of Hotels that are opening in Shanghai (and the rest of China), every Hotel has to be different and provide a different experience. The Grand Hyatt Shanghai certainly does provide that different experience by offering a truly authentic Shanghainese feeling in a truly International hotel. The hotel has been the preferred choice by many influential global figures in the past 10 years’ including but not least, former US President Mr. Bill Clinton, Mr. Ian Thorpe (Australian Freestyle swimmer who won 5 Gold Olympic Medals) and the renowned Singer, Mr. Ricky Martin- and many more.
I recall that on my previous visit earlier this year, even former US President, Mr. George W. Bush was around to hold meetings’ with the China Finance Minister. The Shanghai Grand Hyatt is fortunate enough that it regularly plays host to International chefs’ that provide the best in authentic dining experience of the highest standards’. A highly dedicated team of chefs’ is lead by renowned international chef Matteo Moretti who can usually be observed in any of the restaurants’ located on the 56th floor. The three international restaurants’ (“Cucina”, “Kabachi” and “The Grill”) on this floor form part of the brand name “ON56” itself that offer’s a gastronomical extravaganza comprising of authentic Italian (Cucina), Japanese (Kabachi) and Western Fusion (The Grill) cuisine. The food is so good that I actually am baffled as to where do I begin.
For brunch enthusiasts’ seeking the ultimate dining experience at their weekly gastronomic ritual, a brunch at the Club Grand on the 83rd floor makes a great choice any day of the week. The same floor should be praised for providing the ultimate dining experience in the evening too when those who are residing in the Executive rooms’ can enjoy complimentary evening cocktails’ from 5pm to 8pm everyday. Nothing beats the feeling of sipping on a glass of Chives Regal on the rocks, accompanied with a plate decorated with a neat slice of smoked Salmon, Crab Cakes, Marinated Cherry Tomatoes, Pork and Shrimp Wonton Soup (I love it!) and other Canopy food, while admiring the night view of Shanghai’s Pudong Area and beyond.
It’s a view and experience that you wish you can enjoy everyday. The hotel is constantly on the look out to improve and enhance the brunch experience and brunch served at the Grand Cafe dining restaurant is the perfect platform to do so. Not only will it change your perception of a brunch, but it will also set new standards for this leisurely indulgence. For example, where else can you find such unusual delights such as “freshly made 100% Cucumber Juice” (its bright Green!) and “Soya Bean Yogurt blended with Strawberry and nuts” for breakfast except in the Grand Hyatt at the Jin Mao Shanghai?
Whatever you do, just don’t forget to try that freshly made Cucumber Juice at the Club Grand!.
Autumn arrives in Chongqing, a sprawling city in the southwest of China with over 3,000 years of history to absorb and a population of over 29 million - I say again - 29 MILLION (it's OK- plenty of space with an area of 82,300 km²). The metropolis is a bee-hive for tourists who want to explore the enormous Yangtze River as well as the Old Town that sprawls over a hill, which is encircled by two famous rivers, the Changjiang and the Jialingjiang.
To get a bird’s eye view (above photo), head to an octagonal pavilion situated at the peak of the 920 ft high Loquat Hill in the southern part of the Old Town.
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