The Luxe List 2009, China: Park Hyatt Shanghai, Shanghai

If the devil is in the details, then New York–based designer Tony Chi should be commended for his impeccable work on this Pudong newcomer. Entrance walls are lined with limestone, goatskin parchment, and velvety darkwood; the lobby features faux tortoiseshell and tall walnut armoires; and guest rooms are a contrast between natural wood and honed stone, blackened furniture, and lacquer. The tallest hotel in the world (for now), the Park Hyatt sits atop the 492-meter-tall Shanghai World Financial Centre, beside its lofty Grand Hyatt sister in the Jin Mao Tower. Like other Park Hyatts around the world, it embraces an “upside down” approach to layout: the 174 rooms sit below the lobby on the 87th floor, while fitness facilities, restaurants, and bars can be found closer to the top of the building. The jazz lounge at 100 Century Avenue scales dizzying heights on the 92nd floor, while back at lobby-level, the Dining Room plays on themes of grandeur and intimacy—think soaring floor-to-ceiling windows beside leather-lined booths (100 Century Ave., Pudong; 86-21/6888-1234;; doubles from US$732).

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