Built as a Grand Hyatt but ultimately given a unique (and not quite accurate) title, this buzzy twin-towered hotel offers 620 contemporary rooms ‘not far from the Bund’. Its excellent Chinese restaurant Xindalu and VUE rooftop bar are beloved of Shanghai residents and travellers alike.
Despite its name, Hyatt on the Bund is a 10-minute walk from the Bund proper, close to the riverfront on what they call the ‘North Bund’. The immediate vicinity is not particularly exciting, but as you ascend its twin towers, the unique perks of this location are revealed.
Aligned with a bend of the Huangpu River, the hotel stares straight down Shanghai’s main artery, flanked to the right by the classical architecture of the Bund and to the left by the glassy futurism of Pudong. It’s close to the Shanghai Cruise Terminal and the nearest metro station is a 10-minute walk away.
Style & character
With 620 guestrooms, this is a big hotel popular for conventions, corporate accounts and family travellers. Entering the cavernous, sunlit lobby, the mood is brisk and busy. Design is a mixed bag. Guestrooms appear a tad uninspired but the restaurants and public areas have a great buzz.
Service & facilities
In addition to loads of meeting spaces, there’s a big relaxation and wellness centre in the basement. Yuan Spa has 12 private rooms offering traditional Chinese-inspired treatments using acupressure, herbal compresses and jade rollers, along with Clarins beauty therapies. There’s also a 25-metre indoor swimming pool, hot and cold plunge pools, steam and sauna. Service throughout the hotel is mostly efficient and helpful.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
The 620 guestrooms are split between east and west buildings. Book a river-facing room and enjoy some of Shanghai’s best views from your window-front armchair. Rooms are unfussy with a muted colour palette and open bathrooms that can be enclosed with sliding wood doors if you’re not an exhibitionist (if you are, rooms look directly across to the opposite tower…). Fresh-scented June Jacobs bath products are a nice touch. It’s worth upgrading to get Grand Club access, which comes with a very generous ‘evening cocktail’ dining and drinks selection as well as breakfast.
Food & drink
Dining and lounging is a highlight of a stay at Hyatt on the Bund. Xindalu – China Kitchen is beloved of Shanghai locals as well as guests for its regional Chinese cuisines fired up and four open kitchens. The Peking duck from the huge wood-fired oven is arguably Shanghai’s best, and the Beggar’s Chicken should also not be missed (best to pre-order both dishes). Across the top four levels, VUE combines a European restaurant (that does a popular Sunday Perrier Jouёt Champagne brunch), private dining suites and a truly spectacular bar with an alfresco terrace and party whirlpool tub.
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