It’s been a busy year of hotel openings for Shanghai, and the city is still to see a few more new properties join its ranks before the year is out.
The first half of 2018 saw the opening of properties including the Bellagio by MGM, Fairfield by Marriott Shanghai Jingan, and Amara Signature Shanghai, among a number of others, while properties including the six star J Hotel at Shanghai Tower – China’s tallest building – the Radisson Blu Hongqiao and Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland are not far behind.
Here, we take a look at five of these recent and soon to open properties.
Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland
One of the highlights travellers can look forward to is the opening of the Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, currently scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. Built at a cost of about US$500 million and taking nearly 10 years to develop, the new hotel is situated inside a former quarry in southwestern Shanghai about 30 minutes’ drive from Hongqiao Airport, with the lowest section located some 80 metres underground.
Designed by architecture firm Atkins, the team behind the famous Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the 18-storey resort will feature 337 rooms and suites with views of waterfalls from the surrounding cliffs. One restaurant and one lounge bar have so far been revealed on the F&B side, while a grand ballroom and four meeting rooms will make up its events spaces.
Standing on the city’s landmark Nanjing Road is the recently opened Shanghai Edition, Marriott International’s second property in China under the premium brand after 2016’s The Sanya Edition. The new hotel opened in July and is situated in a refurbished 1929 Art Deco building that served as the former headquarters of the Shanghai Power Company, now also connected to a new skyscraper. A total of 145 rooms and suites are available at the hotel, with each offering views over the Bund district.
F&B offerings comprise a tropical Roof Garden featuring both a cinema and a bar and providing panoramic views of the city, along with two restaurants both curated by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton as well as a chic cocktail lounge. Other amenities include a 24-hour gym, a swimming pool and spa facilities.
The Anandi Hotel And Spa Shanghai
Part of The Leading Hotels of the World collection, the “healing hotel” Anandi opened its doors back in July. Located in the city’s central Hongqiao district near the Suzhou River, the new hotel boasts a total of 333 rooms and suites.
The hotel’s principal feature, however, is its Healing Touch service, where guests can experience more than 100 world-renowned healing programmes including therapeutic spa treatments, authentic yoga and meditation practices.
Aside from wellness, the hotel also offers three restaurants serving Chinese, Western and Japanese cuisines. There are also 19 meeting rooms with advanced equipment and amenities.
Bulgari Hotel Shanghai
After opening its debut Chinese property in Beijing last year, Bulgari Hotels and Resorts welcomed its second hotel in China in June – this time on the riverbank of the Suzhou River in central Shanghai. The new hotel itself is a refurbished Chamber of Commerce building from 1916 located near the city’s popular Bund district.
There are 82 guest rooms including 19 suites, each of which has access to private gardens. The new hotel also offers six different dining options and a whisky bar, and guests can enjoy 360-degree views of the city landscape at the rooftop terrace as well. A spa and a fitness centre are also available.
Hotel Indigo Shanghai Hongqiao
Hotel Indigo opened its second property in Shanghai in July, located in the city’s Hongqiao business district. The new Hotel Indigo is adjacent to the Hongqiao transportation hub as well as the National Exhibition and Convention centre.
Guest rooms at the hotel total 228, while on the F&B front the property has a restaurant and a café. Additional facilities include a business centre and five meeting rooms, while leisure facilities comprise a fitness centre and an indoor pool.