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Renaissance Yu Garden Shanghai: A Comprehensive Review

Renaissance Yu Garden Shanghai Hotel Review is part of the TPOL in Shanghai Trip Report.


Getting There: Take the Maglev if open. Otherwise, go to the authorized taxi line.


After one night in a dated room with no view (see Unhappy Upon Check In? Don’t Let Buyer’s Remorse Sink In), Renaissance made good on its promise and moved me to a huge room with a view on par with my views from Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Park Hyatt Shanghai, and Hyatt on the Bund. This was luxury that I was used to and commensurated with the view I have in Puerto Rico. It also has become the standard for the type of accommodation I require when I’m back in Shanghai resuming my expat lifestyle, also known as TPOL in Shanghai.

an aerial view of a city
The previous view
a city with tall buildings
Upgraded!

a room with a large window and a city skyline

a city skyline at night

Room

Give me a small kitchen and I could live here.

a room with a television and a city view

a room with a television on a dresser

a bed in a room with a window and city view

a room with a window and a chair

a couch and a coffee table in a room

a mirror in a room with a backpack and a blue carpet
Look at this closet.

Soap

The best hotel soap is the W, the Westin, and Waldorf. The worst soap has to be this Renaissance. The shampoo smelled like sushi.

a group of bottles on a shelf

a box of soap in a white dish

Bathroom

Soap aside, the bathroom was just fine: good pressure and hot water.

a bathroom with a sink and a mirror

a bathtub in a bathroom

a shower with a white towel from the glass door

Long-Term Stay

I usually don’t stay in hotels long enough to use the amenities. I ended up staying at the Renaissance for 8 nights to take advantage of the 4th-night free offer (see Prestige 4th Night Free: My Last Great Use). In between the first batch and the second batch of nights, I stayed at the Courtyard Marriot. With so much time at one place, I ended up knowing many of the staff and became friends with one of the managers. Shout out to Lefteris who always had a table ready for me at the club lounge.

a machine with a screen on it
If the staff is busy, consider placing an order with the creepy robot.

Club Lounge

The Club Lounge was a blessing and a curse. It was great because coffee, soft drinks, and snacks were available all day. In addition, there was food aplenty from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. From 5:30PM to 9:30PM, alcohol was also available. This is is a bad thing is because I kept eating and eating. I tried to offset the intake with a trip to the hotel gym. My ten-minute session did nothing to counteract my Fat Guy in the Lounge persona. It did prompt me to join a TRX and spin gym, albeit too late on my expat assignment (see Z & B Fitness: TRX Training in Shanghai).

a glass door with gold and black text

a group of people sitting at tables in a room with a large window

a group of people eating in a restaurant

a group of people cooking food in a restaurant

a window with a view of a city and a tall building

a bowl of noodles with green onions and peppers

a plate of food on a counter

a group of mini burgers on a black surface

food on a tray

a group of hot dogs on a black tray

a dish of food on a counter

a group of spoons with food on them

a tray of food on a table

a plate of food on a table

a bowl of soup with noodles and vegetables

a plate of food on a table

a plate of desserts and a glass of wine

Espresso

I could go to the lounge for espresso but sometimes I enjoy having it in my room. This begs the question, why am I only given one Nespresso capsule with caffeine?

a red and black coffee machine

a white container with a gold object in it
Useless decaf capsule.

Gym

I can’t workout at hotel gyms. I don’t know why I try. For the average weakling, this gym is more than sufficient.

a gym with a view of a city

Pool

Instead of working out, I went to the pool which is adjacent to the gym. The view isn’t as good as the suite but impressive nonetheless. It reminded me of the Park Hyatt NYC. The hot tub was perfect for Shanghai’s typically rainy days.

a pool inside a building

a large glass floor with a view of a city

a pool with a view of a city

a indoor pool with a view of a city

a view of a city from a window

a city with tall buildings and a body of water

a view of a city from a window

Breakfast

You can have breakfast in the main dining room or the club lounge. Both serve too much food.

a group of donuts on a wooden box
All kinds of donuts
a kitchen with many containers of food
All kinds of breakfast
a group of bowls of food
Make all kinds of soup

a bowl of soup with noodles and vegetables

a plate of food on a table
Versus Lounge Plate

Location

The Renaissance Yu Garden is in a decent location close to many attractions.

a wall with a building in the background

a white car parked in front of a building

a room with a large window

a large white letter on a window

Next door is Yu Gardens. While I’m not a fan of Yu Gardens, the fake Chinatown in China, there is a nice dumpling place within it (see Yu Garden: Go Only for the Dumplings).

people walking on a sidewalk in front of a building
A quick stop at the dumpling place before you’re back safely in the Renaissance .

There’s also a great rooftop bar at the hotel for seeing Pudong by night (see World’s Greatest Skyline: The Best Views of Shanghai).

a city skyline at night

a city skyline at night

It is close to the Fabric Market (see Fabric Market Shanghai: How to Bargain) and minutes away from the Bund and nightlife (see TPOL’s Guide to Libations in Shanghai). It is also walking distance to People’s Square and West Nanjing. Still, whether on vacation or to live, I prefer the French Concession to those locations (see Twelve at Hengshan Shanghai: The Best Breakfast in the World).

Overall

I was initially disappointed with my room at the Renaissance. The staff resolved that problem and made me feel welcome. It’s not the newest hotel in Shanghai but the service made up for it.


Renaissance Yu Garden Shanghai Hotel Review is part of the TPOL in Shanghai Trip Report.

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