IHG opens 200th hotel in China

28 May 2013

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the doors to its 200th property in Greater China – the Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin.

The hotel is centrally located on Ruijin Er Road, close to the trendy Xintiandi district and the retail artery Huaihai Road. It is housed in a heritage building that started out as the State Guest House of Shanghai, later becoming the Communist Party headquarters during the War of Liberation, which means the likes of Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai patronised the premises. Such prestige has led the chain to designate the Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin as its first heritage property in Asia, a title that is shared by just six other properties around the world, including the iconic Paris – Le Grand and Willard Washington D.C. hotels.

To maintain the old-age charm, the 238-room hotel’s décor remains classical with a quaint European-style red brick exterior and plush, dark wood interiors.

The hotel offers free wifi internet access, a gym, an indoor swimming pool and spa, as well as two restaurants, La Rue and Xin Yuan Lou, although the latter is not yet open, a cafe and a bar.

As the 200th hotel, this new property reflects the IHG’s commitment to China, which saw its launch of the Hualuxe brand, dedicated to Chinese travellers (see story here), last year.

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Alisha Haridasani

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