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Old Nov 1, 2020, 1:55 pm
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Fifth UrCove is Chengdu City Center, opening Nov 15th, 2020.

I'm quite intrigued by the way these hotels are coded: Lujiazui is uc001 while Jing'an (the first announced) is uc002, there's no uc003 nor uc004, Wujiaochang is uc005, Nanjing is uc006, again no uc007, and Changdu is uc008. Wonder where else are in the pipeline.
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Old Nov 1, 2020, 8:57 pm
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Fifth UrCove is Chengdu City Center, opening Nov 15th, 2020.

I'm quite intrigued by the way these hotels are coded: Lujiazui is uc001 while Jing'an (the first announced) is uc002, there's no uc003 nor uc004, Wujiaochang is uc005, Nanjing is uc006, again no uc007, and Changdu is uc008. Wonder where else are in the pipeline.
Wow, so 3 Hyatt properties in 陆家嘴 and still zero in useful locations? I assumed they would use the new brand as an attempt to catch up on Marriott and IHG a little. The nice thing about low end properties is that they are pretty much everywhere, and taking over 168s and Green Trees isn't difficult (in comparison with acquiring an expensive piece of land and injecting $200+ million into it).
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I actually really like the Andaz location and Xintiandi, especially for tourists. It's a quick drive to Nanjing Rd for meetings, The Bund, Lujiazui, Hongqiao so if you are going to have meetings or hit tourist sites in many parts of Shanghai then Xintiandi is one of the best locations. I highly recommend the Andaz or Langham next door (I personally prefer the Langham for being elegant whe Andaz is a little young for me now) but both are great locations.

The areas is also great for walking around for tourists as so much is accessible and so many restaurants and museums are within walking distance.

I visit Xintiandi at least once a week
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I actually really like the Andaz location and Xintiandi, especially for tourists. It's a quick drive to Nanjing Rd for meetings, The Bund, Lujiazui, Hongqiao so if you are going to have meetings or hit tourist sites in many parts of Shanghai then Xintiandi is one of the best locations. I highly recommend the Andaz or Langham next door (I personally prefer the Langham for being elegant whe Andaz is a little young for me now) but both are great locations.

The areas is also great for walking around for tourists as so much is accessible and so many restaurants and museums are within walking distance.

I visit Xintiandi at least once a week
It's not particularly close to any of those places unless you're talking about the section of NJ W Rd that is close to Shimen 1 Rd (also note that NJ W Rd is probably the worst transfer station I've ever experienced). I don't mind the south side of XTD quite as much as the north side because Line 10 is kind of useful.
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First Hyatt press release released today detailing the opening of the five launch properties from UrCove - I'm pasting it below.

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Hyatt Celebrates the Opening of the First Five UrCove Hotels in China
The new openings reinforce Hyatt’s commitment to reach China’s underserved upper-midscale segment and strategically grow the Hyatt brand in China
CHICAGO (December 29, 2020) – Hyatt today announced that UrCove, the new hospitality brand developed under a joint venture between Hyatt and BTG Homeinns Hotel Group affiliates, opened its first five properties – UrCove Shanghai Jing’an, UrCove Shanghai Lujiazui EXPO, UrCove Shanghai Wujiaochang, UrCove Chengdu City Center and UrCove Nanjing South Railway Station. These new additions to Hyatt’s portfolio in these popular destination cities in China aim to better serve the highly mobile travelers in the upper-mid segment, which will contribute to Hyatt’s commitment to further expand its brand footprint and achieve meaningful growth in the region. Further, these properties increase the World of Hyatt loyalty program’s presence in China, providing World of Hyatt members more unique stay options to choose from and more opportunities to earn and redeem points on hotel stays along with exclusive in-hotel benefits.

“China remains a priority market for Hyatt’s growth, and we are committed to unlocking the huge potential of the country’s emerging middle class and growing domestic travel trends,” said Stephen Ho, president of growth and operations, Asia Pacific, Hyatt. “UrCove hotels cater to the underserved premium upper-midscale segment and with five UrCove hotels open in the major gateway cities of Shanghai, Chengdu and Nanjing, the brand is more accessible for this large, attractive and growing customer base. This also marks a tremendous business opportunity for Hyatt and BTG Homeinns Hotel Group, as we continue enriching guests’ and World of Hyatt members’ experiences with more unique stay options, now including the UrCove brand.”



“We are excited that our collaboration with Hyatt has come to realization after 17 months of hard work,” said David Sun, general manager of BTG Homeinns Hotels Group, chairman & chief executive officer of Homeinns Hotel Group. “By combining our extensive knowledge of the local market with Hyatt’s experience in premium care and hospitality, UrCove hotels are setting a new benchmark in the local hospitality industry.”

All UrCove hotels are conveniently located in the heart of bustling cities, blending comfort and convenience for modern travelers.
  • UrCove Shanghai Jing’an: 265 guestrooms; located in the Jing’an central business district, which is one of the most vibrant areas in Shanghai.
  • UrCove Shanghai Lujiazui EXPO: 142 guestrooms; located in the South of Lujiazui CBD, one of the busiest financial centers in Shanghai, surrounded by shopping centers, upscale office buildings and distinguished schools, with close proximity to popular attractions like the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower.
  • UrCove Shanghai Wujiaochang: 199 guestrooms; located in the Wujiaochang business circle, which is the busiest business hub in northern Shanghai and one of the most popular leisure and shopping areas.
  • UrCove Chengdu City Center: 204 guestrooms; located in the center of Chengdu Digital Square business district. The hotel offers guests travel and business convenience to reach every corner of the city where they could experience the authentic Chengdu life and culture in the heart of Chengdu.
  • UrCove Nanjing South Railway Station: 205 guestrooms; adjacent to Nanjing South Railway Station, one of the largest railway transportation hubs in China, offering convenience for guests to explore the city while indulging in the rich culture of Nanjing, the ancient capital of six China dynasties.
Each hotel features an all-day dining restaurant, a 24-hour gym, a self-service laundry room and meeting rooms. New smart service facilities support self-service check-in and checkout and all hotels feature the signature "UrCove Space," which offers guests a multi-functional space for business and social gatherings.

“All UrCove hotels are equipped with advanced technology, thoughtful & social communal spaces to provide guests with a seamless, comfortable and refined living environment,” said Elton Sun, chief executive officer and managing director of the joint venture. “With more hotels expected to open doors in gateway cities in China in the coming years, we aim to cater to more frequent business travelers, providing them with a reliable shelter and cozy sanctuary.”

World of Hyatt members booking a UrCove stay through Hyatt channels can earn and redeem points through World of Hyatt, while guests booking through Homeinns channels can participate in BTG Homeinns Club, Homeinns Hotels Group’s loyalty program.

When World of Hyatt members book an eligible UrCove stay through Hyatt channels, they will be able to take advantage of the valuable loyalty benefits they’ve come to expect from World of Hyatt, including:
  • World of Hyatt members will earn five Base Points per $1 USD spent on eligible room revenue
  • Elite World of Hyatt members will receive the standard tier Bonus Points on eligible room revenue spend (10 percent for Discoverists, 20 percent for Explorists, 30 percent for Globalists)
  • Qualifying nights will count toward earning World of Hyatt elite-tier status
  • Qualifying stays will count toward earning the 5 Unique Brand Free Night Award credit
  • World of Hyatt members can redeem points or Points + Cash to use for free night awards in standard rooms; each existing and forthcoming UrCove property will be categorized into Hyatt’s existing hotel award chart
  • In-hotel benefits that vary by member tier and include things like complimentary premium Wi-Fi, late check out, free parking for Globalists and more.
Guests can join World of Hyatt for free online at worldofhyatt.com, via a Global Contact Center or at any Hyatt hotel or resort worldwide.

World of Hyatt Gives Members 500 Reasons to Stay Somewhere New

To provide World of Hyatt members even more ways to be rewarded when they’re ready to travel again, World of Hyatt is offering members the opportunity to earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at UrCove Shanghai Luijiazui EXPO, UrCove Shanghai Jing’an and UrCove Shanghai Wujiaochang, between November 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021, as part of World of Hyatt’s new hotel member offer. Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at worldofhyatt.com/newhotelbonus. No registration is required, and members can earn on top of other offers.

The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.
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Old Dec 29, 2020, 3:59 pm
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Unfortunately non mainland Chinese still can't stay. I was going to do a mattress run to requalify. Switched to Park Hyatt instead. Happy with what happened as PH nice

QUOTE=khabah;32920878]First Hyatt press release released today detailing the opening of the five launch properties from UrCove - I'm pasting it below.

khabah

***
Hyatt Celebrates the Opening of the First Five UrCove Hotels in China
The new openings reinforce Hyatts commitment to reach Chinas underserved upper-midscale segment and strategically grow the Hyatt brand in China
CHICAGO (December 29, 2020) Hyatt today announced that UrCove, the new hospitality brand developed under a joint venture between Hyatt and BTG Homeinns Hotel Group affiliates, opened its first five properties UrCove Shanghai Jingan, UrCove Shanghai Lujiazui EXPO, UrCove Shanghai Wujiaochang, UrCove Chengdu City Center and UrCove Nanjing South Railway Station. These new additions to Hyatts portfolio in these popular destination cities in China aim to better serve the highly mobile travelers in the upper-mid segment, which will contribute to Hyatts commitment to further expand its brand footprint and achieve meaningful growth in the region. Further, these properties increase the World of Hyatt loyalty programs presence in China, providing World of Hyatt members more unique stay options to choose from and more opportunities to earn and redeem points on hotel stays along with exclusive in-hotel benefits.

China remains a priority market for Hyatts growth, and we are committed to unlocking the huge potential of the countrys emerging middle class and growing domestic travel trends, said Stephen Ho, president of growth and operations, Asia Pacific, Hyatt. UrCove hotels cater to the underserved premium upper-midscale segment and with five UrCove hotels open in the major gateway cities of Shanghai, Chengdu and Nanjing, the brand is more accessible for this large, attractive and growing customer base. This also marks a tremendous business opportunity for Hyatt and BTG Homeinns Hotel Group, as we continue enriching guests and World of Hyatt members experiences with more unique stay options, now including the UrCove brand.



We are excited that our collaboration with Hyatt has come to realization after 17 months of hard work, said David Sun, general manager of BTG Homeinns Hotels Group, chairman & chief executive officer of Homeinns Hotel Group. By combining our extensive knowledge of the local market with Hyatts experience in premium care and hospitality, UrCove hotels are setting a new benchmark in the local hospitality industry.

All UrCove hotels are conveniently located in the heart of bustling cities, blending comfort and convenience for modern travelers.
  • UrCove Shanghai Jingan: 265 guestrooms; located in the Jingan central business district, which is one of the most vibrant areas in Shanghai.
  • UrCove Shanghai Lujiazui EXPO: 142 guestrooms; located in the South of Lujiazui CBD, one of the busiest financial centers in Shanghai, surrounded by shopping centers, upscale office buildings and distinguished schools, with close proximity to popular attractions like the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower.
  • UrCove Shanghai Wujiaochang: 199 guestrooms; located in the Wujiaochang business circle, which is the busiest business hub in northern Shanghai and one of the most popular leisure and shopping areas.
  • UrCove Chengdu City Center: 204 guestrooms; located in the center of Chengdu Digital Square business district. The hotel offers guests travel and business convenience to reach every corner of the city where they could experience the authentic Chengdu life and culture in the heart of Chengdu.
  • UrCove Nanjing South Railway Station: 205 guestrooms; adjacent to Nanjing South Railway Station, one of the largest railway transportation hubs in China, offering convenience for guests to explore the city while indulging in the rich culture of Nanjing, the ancient capital of six China dynasties.
Each hotel features an all-day dining restaurant, a 24-hour gym, a self-service laundry room and meeting rooms. New smart service facilities support self-service check-in and checkout and all hotels feature the signature "UrCove Space," which offers guests a multi-functional space for business and social gatherings.

All UrCove hotels are equipped with advanced technology, thoughtful & social communal spaces to provide guests with a seamless, comfortable and refined living environment, said Elton Sun, chief executive officer and managing director of the joint venture. With more hotels expected to open doors in gateway cities in China in the coming years, we aim to cater to more frequent business travelers, providing them with a reliable shelter and cozy sanctuary.

World of Hyatt members booking a UrCove stay through Hyatt channels can earn and redeem points through World of Hyatt, while guests booking through Homeinns channels can participate in BTG Homeinns Club, Homeinns Hotels Groups loyalty program.

When World of Hyatt members book an eligible UrCove stay through Hyatt channels, they will be able to take advantage of the valuable loyalty benefits theyve come to expect from World of Hyatt, including:
  • World of Hyatt members will earn five Base Points per $1 USD spent on eligible room revenue
  • Elite World of Hyatt members will receive the standard tier Bonus Points on eligible room revenue spend (10 percent for Discoverists, 20 percent for Explorists, 30 percent for Globalists)
  • Qualifying nights will count toward earning World of Hyatt elite-tier status
  • Qualifying stays will count toward earning the 5 Unique Brand Free Night Award credit
  • World of Hyatt members can redeem points or Points + Cash to use for free night awards in standard rooms; each existing and forthcoming UrCove property will be categorized into Hyatts existing hotel award chart
  • In-hotel benefits that vary by member tier and include things like complimentary premium Wi-Fi, late check out, free parking for Globalists and more.
Guests can join World of Hyatt for free online at worldofhyatt.com, via a Global Contact Center or at any Hyatt hotel or resort worldwide.

World of Hyatt Gives Members 500 Reasons to Stay Somewhere New

To provide World of Hyatt members even more ways to be rewarded when theyre ready to travel again, World of Hyatt is offering members the opportunity to earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at UrCove Shanghai Luijiazui EXPO, UrCove Shanghai Jingan and UrCove Shanghai Wujiaochang, between November 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021, as part of World of Hyatts new hotel member offer. Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at worldofhyatt.com/newhotelbonus. No registration is required, and members can earn on top of other offers.

The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.[/QUOTE]
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Old Dec 29, 2020, 4:06 pm
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Originally Posted by SHLTP
Unfortunately non mainland Chinese still can't stay. I was going to do a mattress run to requalify. Switched to Park Hyatt instead. Happy with what happened as PH nice

QUOTE=khabah;32920878]First Hyatt press release released today detailing the opening of the five launch properties from UrCove - I'm pasting it below.

khabah

***
Hyatt Celebrates the Opening of the First Five UrCove Hotels in China
The new openings reinforce Hyatts commitment to reach Chinas underserved upper-midscale segment and strategically grow the Hyatt brand in China
CHICAGO (December 29, 2020) Hyatt today announced that UrCove, the new hospitality brand developed under a joint venture between Hyatt and BTG Homeinns Hotel Group affiliates, opened its first five properties UrCove Shanghai Jingan, UrCove Shanghai Lujiazui EXPO, UrCove Shanghai Wujiaochang, UrCove Chengdu City Center and UrCove Nanjing South Railway Station. These new additions to Hyatts portfolio in these popular destination cities in China aim to better serve the highly mobile travelers in the upper-mid segment, which will contribute to Hyatts commitment to further expand its brand footprint and achieve meaningful growth in the region. Further, these properties increase the World of Hyatt loyalty programs presence in China, providing World of Hyatt members more unique stay options to choose from and more opportunities to earn and redeem points on hotel stays along with exclusive in-hotel benefits.

China remains a priority market for Hyatts growth, and we are committed to unlocking the huge potential of the countrys emerging middle class and growing domestic travel trends, said Stephen Ho, president of growth and operations, Asia Pacific, Hyatt. UrCove hotels cater to the underserved premium upper-midscale segment and with five UrCove hotels open in the major gateway cities of Shanghai, Chengdu and Nanjing, the brand is more accessible for this large, attractive and growing customer base. This also marks a tremendous business opportunity for Hyatt and BTG Homeinns Hotel Group, as we continue enriching guests and World of Hyatt members experiences with more unique stay options, now including the UrCove brand.



We are excited that our collaboration with Hyatt has come to realization after 17 months of hard work, said David Sun, general manager of BTG Homeinns Hotels Group, chairman & chief executive officer of Homeinns Hotel Group. By combining our extensive knowledge of the local market with Hyatts experience in premium care and hospitality, UrCove hotels are setting a new benchmark in the local hospitality industry.

All UrCove hotels are conveniently located in the heart of bustling cities, blending comfort and convenience for modern travelers.
  • UrCove Shanghai Jingan: 265 guestrooms; located in the Jingan central business district, which is one of the most vibrant areas in Shanghai.
  • UrCove Shanghai Lujiazui EXPO: 142 guestrooms; located in the South of Lujiazui CBD, one of the busiest financial centers in Shanghai, surrounded by shopping centers, upscale office buildings and distinguished schools, with close proximity to popular attractions like the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower.
  • UrCove Shanghai Wujiaochang: 199 guestrooms; located in the Wujiaochang business circle, which is the busiest business hub in northern Shanghai and one of the most popular leisure and shopping areas.
  • UrCove Chengdu City Center: 204 guestrooms; located in the center of Chengdu Digital Square business district. The hotel offers guests travel and business convenience to reach every corner of the city where they could experience the authentic Chengdu life and culture in the heart of Chengdu.
  • UrCove Nanjing South Railway Station: 205 guestrooms; adjacent to Nanjing South Railway Station, one of the largest railway transportation hubs in China, offering convenience for guests to explore the city while indulging in the rich culture of Nanjing, the ancient capital of six China dynasties.
Each hotel features an all-day dining restaurant, a 24-hour gym, a self-service laundry room and meeting rooms. New smart service facilities support self-service check-in and checkout and all hotels feature the signature "UrCove Space," which offers guests a multi-functional space for business and social gatherings.

All UrCove hotels are equipped with advanced technology, thoughtful & social communal spaces to provide guests with a seamless, comfortable and refined living environment, said Elton Sun, chief executive officer and managing director of the joint venture. With more hotels expected to open doors in gateway cities in China in the coming years, we aim to cater to more frequent business travelers, providing them with a reliable shelter and cozy sanctuary.

World of Hyatt members booking a UrCove stay through Hyatt channels can earn and redeem points through World of Hyatt, while guests booking through Homeinns channels can participate in BTG Homeinns Club, Homeinns Hotels Groups loyalty program.

When World of Hyatt members book an eligible UrCove stay through Hyatt channels, they will be able to take advantage of the valuable loyalty benefits theyve come to expect from World of Hyatt, including:
  • World of Hyatt members will earn five Base Points per $1 USD spent on eligible room revenue
  • Elite World of Hyatt members will receive the standard tier Bonus Points on eligible room revenue spend (10 percent for Discoverists, 20 percent for Explorists, 30 percent for Globalists)
  • Qualifying nights will count toward earning World of Hyatt elite-tier status
  • Qualifying stays will count toward earning the 5 Unique Brand Free Night Award credit
  • World of Hyatt members can redeem points or Points + Cash to use for free night awards in standard rooms; each existing and forthcoming UrCove property will be categorized into Hyatts existing hotel award chart
  • In-hotel benefits that vary by member tier and include things like complimentary premium Wi-Fi, late check out, free parking for Globalists and more.
Guests can join World of Hyatt for free online at worldofhyatt.com, via a Global Contact Center or at any Hyatt hotel or resort worldwide.

World of Hyatt Gives Members 500 Reasons to Stay Somewhere New

To provide World of Hyatt members even more ways to be rewarded when theyre ready to travel again, World of Hyatt is offering members the opportunity to earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at UrCove Shanghai Luijiazui EXPO, UrCove Shanghai Jingan and UrCove Shanghai Wujiaochang, between November 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021, as part of World of Hyatts new hotel member offer. Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at worldofhyatt.com/newhotelbonus. No registration is required, and members can earn on top of other offers.

The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.
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It's probably not that big of a deal right now due to COVID. I do find it odd though that Hyatt still haven't solved this problem.
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Old Dec 29, 2020, 6:03 pm
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I just can't get over what an insanely stupid brand name that is.
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I just can't get over what an insanely stupid brand name that is.
There are a lot of weird brand names in Asia.
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I am from China and I hate this brand.
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I am from China and I hate this brand.
???? Can you elaborate a bit?
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Hotels in China do have to jump through extra hoops to accept foreigners, and many never bother since for them there's no practical need. But an international hotel franchise debuting a new brand really should have had this worked out before setting an opening date.
Just called UrCove Shanghai Jing'an and they are able to accept foreigners now. Unfortunately for UrCove Nanjing, it is still not available to foreigners as indicated below:

UrCove Hotels are currently only able to accept Mainland China guests staying with us according to the regulations. Once we can welcome guests from non-Mainland China, we will announce the status change. Look forward to meeting you in UrCove Hotels! During the epidemic prevention period, the green Health QR code and green Itinerary code are needed for each guest,Additional nucleic acid test report is required if guest comes from middle or high risk areas. Please confirm the reception policy with hotel before booking in order to smooth your stay.
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Old Mar 18, 2021, 3:08 am
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Just called UrCove Shanghai Jing'an and they are able to accept foreigners now.
While certainly better located than any other Hyatt in Shanghai (apart from maybe the Andaz), I feel the following statement from its website is a bit disingenuous...though not as bad as the claims made by hotels in former Zhabei (which reverse merged into Jing'an:

UrCove Shanghai Jingan is located in the Jingan central business district
I and @travelinmanS actually used to live 5 minutes away, and it's not a terrible area (e.g. 15 walk to the Portman), but there's certainly no material business going on in the neighborhood itself.
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Just called UrCove Shanghai Jing'an and they are able to accept foreigners now.
While certainly better located than any other Hyatt in Shanghai (apart from maybe the Andaz), I feel the following statement from its website is a bit disingenuous...though not as bad as the claims made by hotels in former Zhabei (which reverse merged into Jing'an:

UrCove Shanghai Jingan is located in the Jingan central business district
I and @travelinmanS actually used to live 5 minutes away, and it's not a terrible area (e.g. 15 walk to the Portman), but there's certainly no material business going on in the neighborhood itself.
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Coming to you LIVE from the UrCove Shanghai Jing'an. I can confirm that non-PRC passport holders can indeed stay at the hotel now.

As far as my impressions, it's very similar to China's Hyatt Places, right down to the little robot waiter that brings basic amenities and shuttles around the property generally unnerving the clientele. Build quality is decent as it's a newly renovated location, and the design philosophy is as the renderings suggested.

Globalists get late checkout and free breakfast but no room upgrades, which is listed in the terms and conditions for the brand, but since Hyatt Places and Houses in China have given me upgrades in the past (including suites!) I wondered if this brand would follow suit. It would appear they don't. Suites out of the question anyway, since I haven't seen a room list for any UrCove property that had them as an option at all.

Overall a good value if you can get a special discount rate. No issues communicating with staff, though my questions were simple enough I could have used Mandarin if need be. A perfectly fine lower-cost option for Shanghai, and presumably Chengdu and Nanjing.
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