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It's that time of year again: the 2012 HotelChatter Awards! Today and Monday, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...
The Park Hyatt Shanghai is located on floors 79-93 of the Shanghai World Financial Center and was once considered the tallest hotel in the world (that’s now been trumped by the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai).
Still, no matter the designation, we give it an award for having the best view around and we've loved it for a long time. The reason is simple. Once you take the express elevator up to the 87th lobby floor of this mammoth building you’ll be gobsmacked by the incredible panoramic views of the city that’s becoming the center of attention for many hotel brands. The Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Banyan Tree, and Bulgari are coming to town, sooner rather than later.
An afternoon dim sum lunch at the 100 Century Avenue restaurant on the 91st floor makes it hard to concentrate on the food and not the famous Oriental Pearl Tower in the distance. And at night, the ambiance and views at the Park Hyatt get even better when you go to level 92 and the Music Room, where a cocktail to accompany the live music sets an incredible scene.
Naturally, if you’re afraid of heights, you might disagree with our choice, but we just say, don’t look down!
Here's one to bookmark for those of you who plan on making any stops in China this spring: a well-known international luxury brand is planning to open a 362-room hotel in Shanghai, right on the Huangpu River. But don't get this confused with that other luxury brand, Four Seasons, which recently opened up right around the same spot. (It's not Bulgari, either; that one won't be opening until 2015)
No, the one we're talking about is actually Mandarin Oriental Shanghai, whose opening is suddenly right around the corner. Set to debut in March, MO Shanghai will be a very handsome addition to the Pudong scene.
In amenities alone, the hotel will offer a 13-suite spa with a boutique and signature MO products, a 25m pool, a 500-seat ballroom, a swanky Club Lounge and six restaurants and bars, including a Mandarin cake shop.
Read on to see another photo of the rooms!
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After debuting in China exactly ten years ago, Four Seasons is ready to make an encore performance. Four Seasons Pudong Shanghai, the city's second Four Seasons hotel, will open on the Pudong side of the river, just a few miles from the original Four Seasons Shanghai in the central Puxi district.
Sitting high in a newly-built 55-story tower, the 187-room hotel will offer luxe private dining rooms, a 1920s Art Deco design, an Executive Club Lounge and an entire floor devoted to a health club, spa, and infinity pool. The gleaming glass tower also houses Ferrari Maserati and 73 Four Seasons private residences—which is just about as luxury as you can get. No wonder locals have nicknamed this place the "jewel box."
For another (semi-)precious photo, click below!
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Like it or not, the holiday season has officially begun. And no one enjoys the holiday season more than hotels. From now through New Year's Eve, we'll be featuring all the holiday hotel news, deals, events and over the top decorations, we think are the best (or the worst.) Got a question about booking a hotel over the holidays or what to do when staying in a hotel over the holidays? Let us know!
The holidays make hotels do crazy things. Like erecting Christmas trees adorned with money or oversized gingerbread houses or life-sized chocolate Santas (nom, nom.) So it comes as little surprise that the Shangri-La Pudong Hotel in Shanghai, China attempted yesterday to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest yule log cake.
Bathroom Tuesday continues!
Just when we thought hotels had figured out all the ways to pamper us, we happened upon a peculiar and peculiarly delightful little in-room amenity at the Park Hyatt Shanghai: foot showers.
Walking around the gritty streets of Shanghai can get downright dirty, so of course when you retire to one of your stratospheric rooms on floors 79-93 of the Shanghai World Financial Center (it used to be the world’s highest hotel before the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong opened in March), you want to wash all that grime off before exploiting your room’s other amenities to the fullest, in particular the free WiFi and the fact that it’s the only hotel in the city that filters its water so it’s safe to drink.
Allegedly the highest hotel in the world, the Park Hyatt Shanghai (which takes up the 79th to 93rd floors of the Shanghai World Financial Center) isn't just amazing for its high views and dizzying heights. It's also one of those hotels that's found all kinds of small and not-so-small ways to make it stand out from the crowd.
For one, the service is intense. And we mean intense in a good way as in, there's a lot of it. Every floor has a 24-hour housekeeper and they'll greet you when you arrive, help you unpack and get your first cup of Chinese tea brewing. Apparently there are 750 employees for the hotels 174 rooms. Yep quite the ratio.
According to a recent review by Toronto's Globe and Mail, the Park Hyatt Shanghai is also good at including technology and gadgets that are actually useful and not impossible to use. There's free WiFi (just as there should be), cordless phones, a DVD player and heated flooring in the bathroom. But there's one piece of technology that the reviewer thought was going too far, and in fact got listed as the only negative of their whole hotel experience:
A toilet lid that lifts of its own accord may be more service than is needed.
More than we need? Actually, we're thinking that could be a great way to avoid leaning over and lifting up the toilet lid, although we're wondering what kind of command we have to use so that it does actually lift. We love technology for lazy people.
Sorry ladies, Yao Ming is off the market. The 7'6" NBA baller got married to a female basketball player, Ye Li, (who stands at about 6'2") at the Pudong Shangri-La Hotel in Shanghai over the weekend.
Dozens of security guards patrolled the hotel, across the river from the colonial-era buildings of Shanghai's historic Bund, to keep a scrum of Chinese and international media at bay.
The ceremony lasted about three hours long (!!) and was attended by 70 family members, the couple said in a statement.
All we have to say is they are going to have some tall kids.
· Yao Ming weds basketball beauty [Reuters]