The tallest hotel in mainland China occupies floors 79-93 of the Shanghai World Financial Center, the 101-story skyscraper made by Mori Building, developer of Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills complex. As expected, any room or public area in the property likely has jaw-dropping views. Interiors mirror the aesthetics of a cultured modern Chinese residence, with sequences of gates, halls, and chambers as thoroughfares, and earth tones complementing natural materials. Monochromatic rooms have walls finished in linen, lacquer, and slatted-wood panels, with generous daybeds, 24-hour butler service, and plasma televisions embedded in the bathrooms’ vanity mirrors. But really, no amenity can top the insane views.
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The city’s new economic development zone, Pudong embodies the drive and naked ambition of modern-day China. And the hotel has front-row seats on the action, as it sits in the heart of Pudong’s Lujiazui Financial District among prime destinations like the Jin Mao Tower, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and the Shanghai Tower. For slightly higher views of the city than available from the hotel, go to Sky Walk 100, the Shanghai World Financial Center’s 100th-floor sky deck. The IFC shopping mall, with 1.2 million square feet of retail space, hawks designer products to well-heeled Shanghainese and brand-hungry visitors. Evening strolls along Binjiang Da Dao, Pudong’s riverside promenade with views of the Bund, are an easy distance, a few minutes by foot from the Park Hyatt.
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Rooms: 160 rooms, 14 suites. From $890. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The restaurants are split between floors 87-93. Sample European provincial cuisine, a lobster buffet lunch, and British afternoon tea at the Dining Room. 100 Century Avenue, divided among three floors, has swirling onyx mosaic flooring, cloud-inspired plaster wall murals, and 25-meter-high windows. Its spaces include an informal tavern serving steaks, wok, and sushi dishes (oysters from the United States, Wagyu beef from Australia), two bars, and a dining area with a courtyard. Spa and gym details: On the 85th floor, Water’s Edge comprises a wellness studio, gym, infinity pool and whirlpool, steam room, and tai chi courtyard. Guests to the spa are greeted with a glass of Evian infused with white grapes or cinnamon.
Who it's for: High-fliers, masters of the universe, anyone celebrating an important milestone, empty nesters looking to lighten their 401K. Our favorite rooms: The two, 2,100-square-foot Chairman Suites have dramatic slanted windows, internal building struts, a whimsical patch of fresh grass populated with ceramic dogs, and the feeling of being in an airy loft, albeit one hundreds of feet above street level. In-house entertainment: For some stage-worthy drama, book a table for the Chinese Kungfu Tea Ceremony at 100 Century Avenue. Sichuan opera performer Bai Jingwu pours hot water from a long-spouted pot with gymnastic precision.