Inside the world’s highest hotel

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

A suite room in the J Hotel, the world’s highest luxury hotel. Picture: Hector Retamal/AFPSource:AFP

A bathroom with a breathtaking view of Shanghai. Picture: Hector Retamal/AFPSource:AFP

The hotel pool. Picture: Hector Retamal/AFPSource:AFP

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The hotel occupies the top floors of the 632m 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.

An opulent bathroom in one of the suites. Picture: Hector Retamal/AFPSource:AFP

The restaurant on the 120th floor. Picture: Hector Retamal/AFPSource:AFP

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Patrons can also enjoy one of the hotel’s seven restaurants, bars, 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 3088 yuan ($636) a night, but prices for its 34 suites skyrocket.

The hotel has offers 24-hour personal butler service. Picture: Hector Retamal/AFPSource:AFP

It is the world’s highest hotel in the second tallest building in the world, behind the Burj Khalifa. Picture: Hector Retamal/AFPSource:AFP

A night in a “J Suite”, complete with crystal chandeliers and sauna, this Saturday costs over 67,000 yuan ($13,800).

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

The hotel is in the Shanghai Tower. Picture: Hector Retamal/AFPSource:AFP

Jin Yan restaurant in the J Hotel. Picture: Hector Retamal/AFPSource:AFP

“On the day of our opening even the web page was overloaded with so many visitors with strong interest and they have such [a] strong will to come and experience our hotel,” said Renee Wu, sales and marketing director for the hotel.

“Of course this is very encouraging to all of us, but at the same time, we are committed to making sure that all our guests are well taken care of.”

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