REACHING FOR THE STARS World’s Highest Hotel – Park Hyatt Shanghai
REACHING FOR THE STARS World’s Highest Hotel – Park Hyatt Shanghai
Since time immemorial, poets have romanticised and waxed lyrical about ‘sleeping under the stars’. At the new Park Hyatt Shanghai is literally the highest hotel in the world.
Situated in the heart of the Lujiazui business district in Pudong, the 492-metre SWFC is one of the tallest buildings in the world, housing 101-storeys. The eco-friendly skyscraper has been developed by Mori Building, which also built the highly successful Roppongi Hills complex in Tokyo.
The interiors of tony chi and associates. His vision was to create a sophisticated modern-Chinese residence, designed with respect to traditional Chinese geometry and architecture, while providing all the comforts of a stately home. Guests will therefore travel through a sequence of ‘gates, halls and chambers’, culminating in a courtyard where daily life congregates. Chi envisages a calm and spiritual sanctuary where guests can practice tai chi or play Chinese chess in the courtyards. The spaces are therefore understated in both mood and design, with a predominance of earth tones and natural materials.
As soon as guests approach along the bamboo-lined driveway, the city’s hustle and bustle is left behind and the Living Room, serving Western and Chinese comfort food all day, leads into an elegant European Dining Room is a glass-walled wine library, housing 400-wines from around the world, and an intimate leather-lined circular Bar.
Continuing with the philosophy of the Chinese private residence are the seven Salons on the 86th floor below. They comprise seven private dining and meeting rooms, ranging in size from 65 to 171sqm (700 to 1,841sqft) and catering to up to 100 people for banquets. Each salon features spectacular views, as well as a 102-inch flat-screen TV; the latest AV system; wireless broadband; a lounge area for less formal conversations; and an espresso machine and show pantry for coffee breaks and cocktails. Outside, a Gathering Hall, filled with striking, stone serving plinths. Also on this floor, an Events Studio assists guests and event organisers planning their forthcoming functions. An extensive library of inspirational reference books alongside displays of contemporary colour palettes, table settings, floral displays and stationery, styled according to the season, provide creative inspiration.
Below that, on the 85th floor, guests will encounter tai-chi ‘courtyard’, where a master will lead tai-chi sessions every morning. There, guests will be able to meet the hotel’s charismatic General Manager, Christophe Sadones, who will occasionally take part in the martial art sessions.
While the hotel’s lower floors will be an oasis of tranquility, the upper floors, opening at the end of the year, are being designed to reverberate with energy and excitement. Spanning floors 91 through 93, Century Avenue is the world’s highest bar, restaurant and private dining room, and is primed to be the ultimate wining and dining destination in Shanghai. On the 91st floor, a 300-seater super-restaurant features in the sprawling space with 25-metre floor-to-ceiling windows. Serving Western, Chinese and Japanese cuisines, the multiple show kitchens will include a charcuterie; a western kitchen with four dramatic charcoal grill ovens; a Chinese kitchen featuring a duck-roasting oven; a sushi bar; a pastry counter; and a wine cellar.
The 92nd floor is split into two bars – on the west side, a Western bar featuring live jazz music and professional barmen whipping up creative cocktails, and on the east side, a cosy Oriental-style bar with a traditional Shanghainese singer and professional dancers on hand to guide guests around the ballroom dancefloor. In between sets, a female DJ trained in Japan by top French DJs The Blacklist, will maintain momentum, while mingling between the two bars will be a whisky cellar and private room.
Gracing the hotel’s highest floor is a private space catering to up to 250 people for cocktails and 180 people for dinner, featuring a courtyard, function rooms and a communal kitchen.
To preserve the quality of the product and the level of service and attention-to-detail, the number of guest rooms has been limited to 174. Every room features views over Huangpu River and Pudong and the standard rooms, measuring 55 to 60sqm (592 to 646sqft), are the largest in the city. Coupled with the generous 3.1-metre ceiling height, they feel particularly spacious.
The monochromatic rooms, with walls lined in linen-, lacquer-finish- and slatted-wood-panels, feature daybeds for in-room massage treatments; walk-in ‘dressing chambers’ with front and back mirrors; DVD players; broadband Internet access; flat-screen Plasma TVs; and coffee machines. Meanwhile, in the capacious stone-walled ‘bath chambers’, guests will discover another Plasma TV embedded in the vanity mirror; marble freestanding double sinks; an Oriental bathing area with an oversized monsoon rain shower; an overflowing soaking tub; a separate toilet for guest privacy; and Aromatherapy Associates toiletries. All rooms feature ‘courtyard’-style corridors, which can be closed off between two connecting rooms, creating a private area ideal for families and groups of friends.
The hotel’s 14 suites measure 130 to 194sqm (1,400 to 2,088sqft) and each of the eight speciality suites feature two king-size beds in the master bedroom; an oversized tub in the bath chamber; and a private dining room with an open kitchen for private entertaining. Each suite comes with its own private butler – one of a team of 20 all-female butlers that have been hand-picked to deliver the incomparable discreet and personalised service that’s synonymous with the Park Hyatt brand.
Park Hyatt Shanghai and Park Hyatt Beijing are the first Park Hyatt hotels opened in China this year. There are currently 24 Park Hyatt hotels around the globe, which can be found on prime real estate in such fashionable cities as Paris, Milan, Washington, Sydney, Tokyo and Buenos Aires. An additional 10 Park Hyatt hotels are in development.
Currently, Hyatt operates 11 hotels in Greater China – Grand Hyatt Beijing, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Grand Hyatt Taipei, Hyatt on the Bund, Hyatt Regency Dongguan, Hyatt Regency Hangzhou, Hyatt Regency Jing Jin City, Hyatt Regency Tianjin and Hyatt Regency Xian – with an additional 12 hotels under development.
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Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family in 45 countries strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The company’s subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz™, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt Summerfield Suites™ brand names and have locations under development on five continents. Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops and operates vacation ownership properties under the Hyatt Vacation Club® brand. As of December 31, 2009, the company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 424 properties. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.