Park Hyatt, Shanghai
Courtesy of Park Hyatt Shanghai
When it opened, 1,358 foot-tall the Park Hyatt Shanghai stole the title of world's tallest hotel (from its sister property across the street, the Grand Hyatt Shanghai). The Park Hyatt occupies the 79th through 93rd floors of the Shanghai World Financial Center, also known as the Vertical Complex City.From a courtyard on the first floor of the building, high-speed elevators will whisk you to the 87th-floor lobby in 51 vertiginous, ear-popping seconds. All guest rooms have views of the bright Shanghai cityscape: look for Jin Mao Tower (the second-tallest skyscraper in mainland China), the Huangpu River, and the Bund historic district, which provided a Western-style home base for European expats in the early 1900s.