Grand Hyatt Shanghai is nearing completion of the first phase of a guestroom refurbishment – the first in its 13 years occupying in the city’s tallest landmark, Jin Mao Tower. The project, which began late last year and ends in mid-July, will result in seven floors of 168 units of a total inventory of 555 rooms, receiving fresh furnishings, touched-up interiors and new technology.
All the work will be done by the end of 2013.
The designers’ brief, according to hotel general manager Foued El Mabrouk, was “to heighten the feel of a big residence”, which they did by introducing more plush seating and Chinese artwork (as was done in the bathrooms). The trademark Tang dynasty poem, written on the “cracker” wood panelling above the bed, remains and now gleams with some polishing.
“With about 80 per cent of our clientele being repeat business, we wanted to try to preserve their perception of the property, and yet, not be bored with it,” El Mabrouk further explained.
After the guestrooms, refurbishments will target the restaurant, bars and meeting spaces. Hyatt executives are also currently working on new F&B concepts, said El Mabrouk.
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Margie T Logarta