NEW YORK, NY – Park Hyatt Beijing and Park Hyatt Shanghai will take the medal for the tallest buildings in their respective cities. Park Hyatt Shanghai will take the coveted crown of highest hotel in the world. Head and shoulders above the competition in more than just height, Park Hyatt helps give definition to the term “the new face of China.” Park Hyatt Beijing has the middle seat in the three-towered prestigious Beijing Yintai Center on the main drag, Chang’An Avenue, while Park Hyatt Shanghai’s home will be in the Shanghai World Financial Center, the tallest building in China. Park Hyatt Beijing opens in July and Shanghai follows in September.

It’s all about the views in Beijing. Not only is it the city’s highest hotel in the city’s tallest building, but the hotel will also have the city’s highest spa, Pian Spa (59-60th floors), and the city’s highest restaurant, China Grill (63-66th floors). John Portman, the mastermind behind the original Hyatt hotel in Atlanta, has designed an open floor plan from the lobby on the 60th floor through the 66th floor, all dramatically encased by a soaring glass ceiling intended to resemble a Chinese palace lantern that offers 360-degree views. The interior of the 237 guestrooms and suites were done by Remedios Siembieda Inc., and design heavyweight SuperPotato also contributed expertise to the project.

Spanning the 79th to 93rd floors of the 101-story Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), the hotel was developed by Minoru Mori of Roppongi Hills fame, with interiors by award-winning New York-based Tony Chi. His design of the 174-room hotel reflects ancient Chinese beliefs about the construction of a residence. Weaving hallways (meant to block off evil spirits) lead into large shared spaces designed for family gatherings. All guestrooms will have stunning views of the Huangpu River and the futuristic skyline of Pudong. Not to be outdone by Beijing, Shanghai’s Water’s Edge spa, where you can find the GM teaching Tai Chi in the courtyards, will be on the 85th floor, with the restaurants and bar on the 87th, all providing uninterupted views of the city.