Where to Stay in Shanghai – finding a hotel in a foreign city that is good for families can be hard. The Hyatt on the Bund was a great location, big room, and great for families!
We love to travel! We try to go on a big trip every year, as well as smaller trips around where we live over long weekends and throughout the year. This year for spring break we went to China and Japan.
We absolutely love Japan, this was our 3rd time being there, and we want to go back. We spent just a couple days in Tokyo before heading over to China for the first time. We spent 4 nights in Beijing and 5 nights in Shanghai. I think it was probably the perfect amount in each city for us.
When you are traveling internationally, it can be hard to find hotel rooms. Other countries do not have our same culture and way of life as the United States does, so what we are used to in a hotel is not necessarily standard in other countries. Like in Japan, if you stay in a local hotel, you will be sleeping on a twin sized futon mattress on the floor.
We often times have a hard time finding rooms that are big enough for a family. It doesn’t have to be a huge room, most of the day is spent sight seeing and being out in the places we are visiting. But we want it big enough for our luggage and to be comfortable. So…where to stay in Shanghai? The one thing we have found that works for us in almost every country we have been to are Hyatt properties.
In Shanghai we stayed at the Hyatt on the Bund. We booked a suite, because it had a living area where our son could sleep on the couch. It had a separate bedroom area, which is ideal when we are traveling. We all sleep so much better when we have our own space. And if we sleep better it means we all have a better time on vacation and get to experience the area we are in more!
Hyatt on the Bund has and East and West tower, and every room gets a view of the river or the Pudong area. We were upgraded to a Bund Suite River View King room, so that meant we had a view of both the Pudong skyline and the river. It is probably the most stunning view I have ever had, or will have in a hotel room. Not to mention the room we had was massive. It was really nice to be able to spread out, unpack some of our stuff and not be on top of each other.
When you book a suite at a Hyatt, you gain access to the Grand Club. The Grand Club has a complimentary continental breakfast each morning, which had quite the spread. They had a great mix of Chinese style and Western style food for breakfast. You could get eggs made your way by a chef, fresh breads, meats, cheeses, fruit, yogurt as well as dumplings, beans, soup and more. Throughout the day the club is open for you to grab soft drinks, coffee, tea, and bottled water.
In the evening the club serves complimentary snacks and drinks. The snacks at the Hyatt on the Bund were more like a light meal. Most nights after our dinner out somewhere in Shanghai, we would come back to the club to enjoy a glass of wine and try the desserts they had. It was a great way to end the night.
The Hyatt on the Bund is located about a mile from the nearest subway stop, but it is an easy straight forward walk. There are always cabs available out front as well. The Hyatt staff was very helpful in making sure our cab knew where to take us. Most people in China do not speak English, so it was important that the cab driver knew where he was going before he left the hotel. Cabs are very cheap in China, so we used them to get around a lot.
We did not dine at any of the restaurants located at the Hyatt, but that was only because they were booked. The menus looked amazing, and I am really sad we didn’t get to try the dumpling restaurant. If you are planning to stay at The Hyatt on the Bund, I would recommend you look into reservations before you arrive.
So if you are traveling to China and wondering where to stay in Shanghai, I highly recommend the Hyatt on the Bund. The hotel staff all spoke English and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed.
**We booked at paid for a suite at the Hyatt on the Bund. We were give an upgrade to the next category suite. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.