Luxury in the clouds: Shanghai opens world’s highest hotel

SHANGHAI (AFP) – The world’s highest luxury hotel, boasting a restaurant on the 120th floor and 24-hour personal butler service, has opened in Shanghai to guests with deep pockets and a head for heights.

Elevators whizz guests up the intimidating spiral-like skyscraper at ear-popping speeds of 18 metres per second to the J Hotel’s 165 opulent rooms.

The hotel occupies the top floors of the 632-metre Shanghai Tower in the city’s financial district, the second-tallest building in the world after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

Its opening was delayed partly by the coronavirus pandemic but the hotel has now started receiving well-heeled guests who can call on the services of a dedicated butler at any hour, day or night.

Patrons can also enjoy one of the hotel’s seven restaurants, spa, 84th-floor swimming pool, and all the other usual trappings of a top-notch hotel.

It does not come cheap.

To celebrate its opening J Hotel is offering a “special experience rate” of CNY3,088 (USD450) a night, but prices for its 34 suites sky-rocket. A night in a “J Suite”, complete with crystal chandeliers and sauna, tomorrow costs over CNY67,000.

The hotel is part of Jin Jiang International Hotels, a major Chinese state-owned group, and officially opened last Saturday.

Guests at the J Hotel, the world’s highest luxury hotel. PHOTO: AFP