Hyatt opens Shanghai hotel

Continuing its rapid expansion in China, Hyatt has opened its seventh hotel on the mainland. Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai, which features unparalleled views of both the Bund and Pudong, is offering a special introductory rate of RMB 1,590 +15% per room per night until 4 October.

Hyatt on the Bund, part of the Grand Hyatt portfolio, is located at the northern end of the legendary Bund, arguably the most famous thoroughfare in Shanghai, if not China. To maximise its prime location on the western banks of the Hu angpu River, the cutting-edge hotel has been angled so that all rooms will benefit from a spectacular view of either the historical architecture down the Bund or modern skyscraper-lined Pudong across the river.

Designed by the award-winning US-based design company Remedios Siembieda Inc, creators of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels including the Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Park Hyatt Beijing, the mission for Hyatt on the Bund was to create an ‘innovative, invigorating and inspirational’ hotel. Their focus has been on designing vibrant, contemporary spaces that will appeal to the modern business delegate as well as the trend-conscious leisure-traveller.

Hyatt on the Bund houses a total of 631 guest rooms, including 52 suites, split between East and West towers. The contemporary rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, rotating flat-screen TVs, DVD players, high-speed wired and wireless broadband Internet access, and open concept b athrooms.

The highlight of the rooms is an innovative open bathroom concept, where you can create an open-plan studio if desired, or close off for a more conventional bedroom/bathroom space if preferred. The spacious glass- and marble-clad open bathrooms feature standalone rain showers and eye-catching mother-of-pearl panels.

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Spread over the top four floors of the West Tower is Hyatt on the Bund’s signature drinking and dining destination. The multi-level, multi-concept space, designed by well-known Japanese interior design firm SuperPotato, has the air of a private residence and features high-ceilings to better take in the surrounding views. On the second floor, Aroma introduces a ‘dining in the kitchen’ concept, featuring live cooking stations rustling up everything from fresh pasta to Teppanyaki to desserts, while off the lobby, a European-style Tea Room serves speciality blended teas from around the world, as w ell as pastries, cakes and handmade chocolates. On the Lobby Level of the East Tower, Xindalu China Kitchen focuses on thoroughly authentic regional cuisine such as Peking Duck, claypot-baked Beggar’s Chicken and hand-pulled Shanxi noodles, in a fun and buzzy setting.

A sprawling 1,859 square metres (20,064 square feet), with a capacity to cater to 1,100 people, has been dedicated to meeting and function facilities. There are two ballrooms with outdoor terraces and a capacity of 560 and 260 respectively (banquet style); a circular Glasshouse with an outdoor courtyard; and nine multi-purpose multi-sized meeting rooms equipped with wireless broadband access and the latest audio-visual and conferencing equipment. Those on the Bund Club executive floors also have the exclusive use of four Bund Club boardrooms.

Once meetings are over, guests can work off the stresses of the day in the hotel’s luxurious super-spa. Spread over 3,000-squar e-metres (32,000 sq ft) of the lower lobby, Yuan Spa will be dedicated to all aspects of health and wellbeing, encompassing a 25-metre swimming pool; a fully equipped fitness centre; a beauty salon; and a juice bar. The spa facilities include 12 treatment rooms, whirlpools, steam, sauna and relaxation rooms.

“We’re incredibly excited to be opening in such a prestigious location,’ says general manager Ronald Kang. “With the Grand Hyatt Shanghai in the heart of the Pudong financial district, and Hyatt on the Bund near the key Puxi entertainment hubs, we are proud to be the first top-tier hotel group to own both sides of the river.”

Hyatt on the Bund will be the seventh Hyatt hotel to open in mainland China, following Grand Hyatt Beijing, Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Hyatt Regency Tianjin, Hyatt Regency Xian, Hyatt Regency Hangzhou and Hyatt Regency Dongguan. Twelve more Hyatt hotels are scheduled to open in China in the next few years.
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