Meanwhile in Shanghai, the Park Hyatt in the World Financial Center is edging closer to its September opening, all the while raising the bar by claiming the record of World's Highest Hotel. The 127-room property will occupy the very prime 79-93rd floors of what is Shanghai's tallest building. From the press release:
"The hotel was developed by Minoru Mori, of Roppongi Hills fame, with interiors by award-winning New York-based Tony Chi. His design of the 174-room hotel reflects ancient Chinese beliefs about the construction of a residence. Weaving hallways (meant to block off evil spirits) lead into large shared spaces designed for family gatherings. All guestrooms will have stunning views of the Huangpu River and the futuristic skyline of Pudong."
Although the Park Hyatt will be the highest hotel in the world, it is still no match for the neighboring Jinmao Grand Hyatt, with a staggering 555 rooms capped with the world's highest bar.
As the two new monoliths dominating Shanghai's skyline and only about two blocks apart, the Jinmao Hyatt and WFC Park Hyatt are just screaming for a high-wire act or some other daredevil stunt. For now it looks like we'll just have to settle with frowning down at the sci-fi Oriental Pearl Tower.