When the Park Hyatt Shanghai opens its doors in July of 2008, it will be the highest hotel in the world, giving all of its 174 guest rooms an eagle’s eye view of the Huangpu River below. It will be the second Park Hyatt hotel in China. The Park Hyatt Beijing is scheduled to open in late 2007.
The Park Hyatt Shanghai will occupy floors 79 through 93 of the new Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC). The 101 stories and 492 meters (1614 feet) high building is located in the center of the Lujiazui business district in Pudong and will be the tallest roof-top building in the world.
The eighty standard guest rooms will feature courtyards between connecting rooms. The courtyards can be closed off to create a private area for family and friends. Room facilities will include day beds along the sky balcony, walk-in dressing rooms with front and back mirrors, and a separate guest powder room. Large bathrooms will have oversized monsoon rain showers, double sinks, and an Oriental bathing area. Electronic features include flat-screen plasma televisions, DVD players, broadband internet access, and coffee machines. An additional plasma TV will be embedded in the bathroom vanity mirror. The rooms will range in size from 55 to 60 square meter (592 to 646 square feet) and have 3.1 meter (10 feet) high ceilings.
The hotel will have 32 suites with 75 to 180 square meters (807 to 1,938 square feet) of space, including eight specialty suites. The specialty suites will have two king-size beds in the master bedroom, an oversized bathtub, and a private boutique restaurant with an open kitchen for private entertaining.
Guests will enter the hotel through a dramatic high entrance gate in the ground floor courtyard, which will lead them to elevators and the reception area. Reception will contain a ‘living room’, a ‘tea salon’, a ‘dining room’ and an intimate bar.
Meeting facilities in the ‘state guest house’ on the 86th Floor are comprised of eight private dining and meeting rooms. Every room offers the latest multimedia system, wireless broadband, a lounge area, along with an espresso machine and show pantry for coffee breaks and cocktails. The rooms will accommodate up to 72 people and range from 65 to 150sqm (700 to 1,615 square feet) in size.
The floor below contains the water temple, the infinity pool, the tai-chi courtyard, and the studio of wellness. The 91st floor will contain a super-restaurant with show kitchens and 25-metre floor-to-ceiling windows. A western bar with live music and a Chinese-style bar will share the 92nd floor. The hotel’s highest floor will be the ‘mountain cottage’, a private space catering to up to 250 people for cocktails and 120 people for a seated dinner. A courtyard, function rooms, and a communal kitchen will be part of the ‘cottage’.
Mori Building is the developer of the eco-friendly skyscraper. Award-winning New York-based designer Tony Chi and his team will be responsible for the creation of the interior spaces.