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Park Hyatt makes foray into China
2010-11-29 9:50:36
  This summer Park Hyatt will have hotels in Beijing and Shanghai. Park Hyatt Beijing and Park Hyatt Shanghai will be in the tallest buildings in their respective cities.

John Portman, who designed the original Hyatt hotel in Atlanta, designed Park Hyatt Beijing’s lobby with a soaring ceiling meant to resemble a Chinese palace lantern. Remedios Siembieda and the splendidly named SuperPotato designed the hotel’s 237 guestrooms.

The hotel also houses the Pian Spa on the 59th and 60th floors, along with the China Grill on floors 63 through 66. Park Hyatt Beijing opens this month.

Park Hyatt Shanghai, meanwhile, occupies the 101-story Shanghai World Financial Center. New York City-based Tony Chi designed the 174-room hotel to model ancient Chinese beliefs. For instance, weaving hallways, meant to block off evil spirts, lead into large shared spaces. The Shanghai property opens in September.

The Park Hyatt will have the city’s highest spa although it is not suggested that this imparts any special medicinal properties. It will also have the city’s highest restaurant.

Sources: Hospitality Design and Market Watch.