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Gazing Out from The 91st floor at Park Hyatt Shanghai

Where: Shanghai, China
May 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

Few things are more coveted among hotels than claiming the title of "World's Tallest Hotel". However, just as "World's Tallest Building", chances are something just that little bit taller will be built soon enough.

So is the case for Park Hyatt Shanghai, located on floors 79-93 of the Shanghai World Financial Center, tallest hotel until The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong opened (which is set to be eclipsed yet again by the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai).

That didn't stop us from popping in and taking the express elevator up to the lobby on floor 87 and restaurant 100 Century Avenue (named after the hotel's address) on floor 91. Views across Shanghai are truly staggering, with the famous Oriental Pearl Tower looking positively puny in comparison.

One floor up on level 92 is bar Music Room which features live music to accompany the night-time view. That shiny multi-faceted building you see front left? The Grand Hyatt Shanghai, where you can head to Cloud 9 Bar on floor 87 if Music Room on 92 is just a few floors too high for you.

We had a delicious dim-sum lunch, which at about $16 wasn't even as expensive as we were expecting. The small bottle of water we had being nearly $10 more than made up for that though. 100 Century Avenue offers multiple open-plan kitchens and seating areas, so whether you want to eat steak or sushi, you can find it here. An impressive collection of wine bottles is on display in glass cases.

Looking out, we saw four impossibly thin cables heading down the side of the building; the thought of being suspended from the top of a building of this height made our stomach do back flips; downstairs we could spot a number of scaffolds hanging like tiny dots on the facade. We'll take the view from inside, thank you very much.

Rates at Park Hyatt Shanghai, where rooms come complete with foot showers, start at 2,700 CNY ($427) this Saturday.

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