Jing An Shangri-La Hotel, the hospitality group’s third luxury property in Shanghai, is a focal point of the new Jing An Kerry Centre on Nanjing Road East.
The still-being-constructed future landmark in the downtown Jing An precinct will consist not only of the 508-room property, but a conference venue, office block as well as retail, entertainment and dining options. The hotel, expected to open in early 2013, will occupy the top 28 floors of a 59-storey main tower, with the Horizon Club executive lounge on the 56th floor.
Jing-An Shangri-La general manager Edward Brea told Business Traveller during the recent International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Asia in Shanghai that the hotel would be setting new benchmarks in design and venue concepts. “Expect cleaner and more contemporary lines,” he said. All these years, the chain has been known for interiors marked by Oriental detailing, glass and marble.
Part of the hotel grounds will contain a piece of history – the house where Chairman Mao lived for several months in 1920, which is currently being restored by the Jing An District Government and converted into a museum.
Brea revealed there would be both western and Chinese restaurants, with one of them being the “Cutting Room, Chop House and Bar”. The lobby will look out to a 3,000 sqm central courtyard lined with pathways, gardens, water features and al fresco dining areas.
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Margie T Logarta