China World Summit Wing Beijing of the Shangri-La hotel group opened this week, ensconced in the city’s newest architectural icon, China World Tower. The 81-storey building, currently Beijing’s tallest structure, is part of the China World Trade Center complex. The hotel occupies levels 64 to 77.
With an inventory of 278 guestrooms, the Summit Wing adds to the chain’s growing portfolio of smaller scale properties, among them the Shangri-La Tokyo (200 guestrooms) in the Marunouchi Tower and the Shangri-La Vancouver (119 rooms) in a 61-storey tower. Generally, Shangri-La properties boast between 400 and 500 rooms.
It is the fifth Shangri-La product in Beijing, with China World Hotel, Traders Hotel and Kerry Centre Hotel also in the same vicinity of the China World Trade Center. The Shangri-La Beijing is in Haidian, known as the “university district”.
Rooms measure from 65sqm and come with complimentary internet access, iPod docking systems and the service of personal shoppers if requested. Its Summit Ballroom can accommodate 2,000 people and can even be converted into a car showroom. On level six, the Pine Garden offers a 95-seat auditorium, 12 function rooms and the aid of an events planner, meetings butler and audio-visual technician.
Leisure facilities consist of a 24-hour fitness centre, indoor swimming pool on level 78 and CHI, the Shangri-La’s trademark spa.
Opening rates are available until December 31, 2010, from CNY1,988 (US$292) for an Executive room with free breakfast for two and wireless internet access.
For more information, visit www.shangri-la.com
Alisha Haridasani and Margie T Logarta