Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts is opening a new hotel in Shanghai later this year, marking the debut of its “urban resort” concept in Mainland China.
This concept aims to combine the group’s luxury resort-style facilities with those services more common in premier city hotels. Banyan Tree already has urban resorts in Seoul (see story here), Bangkok and Macau.
The Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund is located in a newly developed riverside area about 10 minutes’ drive from Fairmont Peace Hotel. The property faces the emerging financial district Lujiazui across the river (see story here), and two tunnels under construction will soon link it directly to this area.
Line 12 of the Shanghai Metro, scheduled to open in early 2014, will also pass close by the hotel, offering good connections to the older business districts.
The hotel takes advantage of its location with a design that ensures all of its 130 rooms have a view over the river. The are eight different room types with signature suites featuring private dipping pools, and Banyan suites with swimming pools.
The hotel will feature the Banyan Tree spa facilities, with eleven treatment rooms and staff trained at the group’s Spa Academy.
For business, there are four conference rooms and a ballroom that the group says would be suitable for small- to medium-sized conferences.