Good location, great views, tired rooms.
The Hyatt on the Bund is in a great location and the views overlooking the river are spectacular. Unfortunately, the rooms are a little tired and there is a lot of construction in the area.
Getting to the Hyatt from either of Shanghai’s airports is fairly simple. From PVG, I took a hotel car on a Monday afternoon, which took about 45 minutes all in all. Arriving at the hotel, you are greeted with a beautifully open concourse and check-in was completed swiftly.
I was upgraded to a premium room that overlooked the river and the Bund. The view both in the day and at night was absolutely spectacular and rivaled some of the best cityscapes I have seen on my travels. The rooms themselves, though, are starting to show their age. Lots of dings in the wood with the shower and bathroom area looking dated. The shower was incredibly powerful though and will be sure to wake you up in the morning.
The hotel houses a bar at the very top which gets quite busy, so you may want to head up there early to get a seat. I didn’t spend a massive amount of time in the bar as I opted to take a short walk around the area and found some local bars that were accommodating to westerners.
The hotel gym was closed but they had a temporary gym set up in one of the business rooms. The hotel restaurant, particularly the tearoom, was very pleasant, and there were no issues ordering despite my novice Mandarin.
Overall, I would say this is a very decent business hotel that is reasonably priced and I would happily stay here again.