Hyatt on the Bund in a Nutshell:
There are few views in Shanghai as spectacular as those from the two towers of this contemporary, stylish award-winning hotel. Situated on Suzhou Creek, just off the Huangpo River and across from the former British settlement known as the Bund, the hotel is within walking distance of the high-end shopping, posh bars and romantic restaurants which populate the Bund.
Guest Rooms at Hyatt on the Bund:
The rooms are modern, chic, and spacious but cozy. The design is dominated by clean lines and offset by funky touches. In mine, the facilities—toilet, modest tub, and shower, which had both standard and rain heads—were flush with the rest of the room, save two glass doors. Hideaway rolling walls could be pulled out for more privacy. (Splurge on the Chairman Suite for a rooftop terrace with whirlpool.)
The 32-inch flat-screen TV, with DVD player, had two music stations, one of which played romantic ambient tunes. The iPod dock was a nice touch. And wireless and wi-fi are available throughout the hotel.
Dining at Hyatt on the Bund:
Of the three restaurants, Xindalu, with its traditional Chinese cuisine and Shanghainese dishes, such as seasonal hairy crab, garners the most attention. The fish and vegetable spring rolls were tender, and bursting with complementary flavors. Try the Xindalu cocktail, which pairs hua diao liquor with iced chrysanthemum tea and honey.
The lobby’s Tea Room is a nice place for an afternoon pick-me-up. And guests staying on a club room floor can take advantage of breakfast, evening snacks, and complementary cocktails all day. At each hotel venue, the staff is friendly, patient and eager to serve.
Destination Weddings at Hyatt on the Bund:
Upon request, the hotel can customize a wedding package for couples in one of two spacious ballrooms, each with a private terrace and tables that seat up to ten. For smaller engagements, there’s the Glasshouse, which also has a private courtyard.
Honeymoons/Romance Packages at Hyatt on the Bund:
In addition to offering a package called Amour Romance, which includes champagne, breakfast in bed, and a late check-out, the Hyatt on the Bund can design a romantic stay tailored to your desires. Or root out romantic spots on your own: An evening at the VUE Bar is a great way to start. Soak in the stunning skyline from one of the daybeds surrounding a whirlpool on top of the West tower.
Activities at Hyatt on the Bund:
In addition to a large swimming pool and a 24-hour gym, the hotel’s lower lobby features plunge-bath, sauna, and steam facilities. Then, after sweating out their toxins, guests can refresh at the juice bar and primp at the hair salon. The Yuan Spa offers more than two dozen face and body treatments. Couples can receive many of these—including the signature Yuan massage, in which therapists target acupressure points with jade stones—together in a special treatment room. Basic services, such as massage and foot massage, are also available for two in guest rooms.
Nearby Hyatt on the Bund:
The Bund is a short walk, or an even shorter (and cheap) cab ride, away and makes for an impeccably romantic evening. Cozy next to one another on a banquette at Jean Georges or M on the Bund and then stroll home along the river’s promenade. Daytrip adventurers can also walk to the Old City, where more traditional Chinese culture, such as gardens, teahouses and lane homes, are on display. And if you want to get out onto the river, a tour-boat company is located near the hotel.
What Could be Improved at Hyatt on the Bund:
Unfortunately, there was a lot of construction near the hotel when I was there, which made walking more of an adventure than a calming stroll. However, it would be difficult to find any area of Shanghai that’s free of construction in these days of the booming metropolis. If you do opt to take taxis, allow an extra five minutes to wait in line outside the lobby.
Is the Hyatt on the Bund Right for You?:
Of Shanghai’s plethora of four- and five-star hotels, the Hyatt on the Bund caters to a young, hip, and very international crowd—which is not to say it has a thumping, club-scene vibe. The hotel strikes a balance of being quiet and respectful without feeling boring or empty. From the artistically hanging lamps in the guest rooms to the open kitchens in Xindalu, you will feel that the space is both exotic and homey, which is very romantic indeed.
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