Marriott International has opened the doors of its JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Fengxian, marking the group’s 50th hotel in Shanghai.

The hotel is located on Hangzhou Bay in the city’s Fengxian seaside district, a suburban area situated an hour south of metropolitan Shanghai. The area is known for its rustic beachfront areas, national forest park and old town. JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Fengxian overlooks the Jianhai Lake, a wetland that connects the Huangpu River and the East Sea.

The hotel’s design by PLD draws inspiration from its natural surroundings, with an exterior that resembles the bird Roc from the fable “Roc hopping into the sea” while the property features natural materials such as wood and marble in “undulating, curvilinear forms” to reflect the waves of the East Sea. The hotel’s 256 rooms and suites also have a colour palette of shades of sable and blue to echo the beaches and sea.

The hotel boasts three dining venues and a lobby lounge, with menus featuring fresh produce from the hotel’s onsite garden. All-day dining outlet JW Kitchen offers local and international dishes at live cooking stations, while the fine dining restaurant Yan Xuan has 15 dining rooms for private events and serves Cantonese and Shanghainese delicacies paired with Chinese teas. Shanghai Crab and Co has tanks filled with fresh crustaceans and a menu featuring its signature boiled king crab and seafood towers.

The property has various meetings and events facilities, including a 1,800 sqm meeting area, a 900 sqm banquet hall, a 600 sqm hall, four multifunction rooms, and a spacious executive lounge.

Leisure facilities include a spa, 24-hour fitness centre and 25-metre heated infinity pool, and a kid’s club.

Henry Lee, President, Greater China, Marriott International, commented on the milestone:

“We are delighted to celebrate the opening of the 50th property in Shanghai, a testament to the phenomenal growth of Marriott International in this region.

“Across Greater China, there are now over 400 Marriott hotels spanning 23 brands in more than 90 cities, indicating our confidence in the strong growth of the travel market in China. We look forward to expanding our portfolio further, and to offer distinctive and personalized experiences to travellers here.”

Jennie Toh, Vice President, Brand Marketing and Brand Management, Asia Pacific, Marriott International, added:

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome this new addition of JW Marriott in Shanghai, the fourth JW Marriott to open in this world-class city.

“With 19 distinctive brands operating in Shanghai, we are poised to offer endless choices and curated experiences for every guest through the breadth of our portfolio.”

Marriott recently announced that it is expanding its portfolio in Asia Pacific, with plans to open almost 100 properties in the region this year.