Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has announced that its newest flagship hotel will open in the heart of Shanghai this June. The 508-room Jing An Shangri-La in West Shanghai is the cornerstone of the new Jing An Kerry Centre, a 450,000- square-meter (4,843,759 - square foot) integrated complex with retail, office and residential space located in the Jing An District in Puxi, Shanghai.
Every detail of the hotel is said to have been meticulously considered, from the staff uniforms designed by Chinese designer Han Feng to over 80 silk lanterns that appear to float in the Summer Palace Chinese restaurant, to the commissioning of large-scale artwork from Chinese contemporary artists Zeng Fanzhi and Zhou Chun Ya.
Jing An Shangri-La overlooks the focal point of Jing An Kerry Centre - a 3,000-square meter (32,291 square foot) piazza featuring pathways, gardens, water features and al fresco dining. Guestrooms will occupy the top 29 floors of the hotel's 60-story main tower, while restaurants, offices and retail shops will be located on the lower levels.
The guestrooms boast delicate interiors, views of Shanghai through nearly floor-to-ceiling windows, and bathrooms with heated marble floors, as well as LCD TV and digital clock embedded in the bathroom mirrors.
A key offering of the property is Horizon Club Lounge, which takes up the entire 55th floor and offers a 360-degree view of Shanghai. Horizon Club Lounge access will be available to guests staying in the 62-square-meter (667 square foot) Grand Premier Room category and all suites.
Jing An Shangri-La also boasts various restaurants and lounges.
The destination restaurant Summer Palace serves Southeastern Chinese cuisine with Cantonese flair. Inspired by Chinese ink paintings of landscapes, a series of dining chambers each provide a different dining ambience and menu. The rooms flow from the casual Pantry Chamber serving dim sum, to the Lantern Chamber with an open kitchen specializing in clay pot cooking, to the Imperial Chamber for formal dining.
The 1515 WEST, Chophouse & Bar is where old Shanghai film making meets classic American bar and grill decor. Executive chef Franco Brodini will bring "ranch to table" dining to Shanghai. The main dining room features an open-grill kitchen complemented by a raw bar and The 1515 WEST bar, serving signature cocktails.
The hotel's two-level Cafe LIANG & mezzanine will offer gourmet international buffet dining experience. The cafe will feature a "tick box" menu card for main courses. Main courses can be served family style for sharing, and al fresco dining will be available in the piazza area. A la carte Japanese cuisine will be served on the mezzanine level.
Opposite Cafe LIANG in the piazza is a Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar in a stand-alone two-story glass-roof building clad in bamboo.
Also located within the piazza is the home in which Chairman Mao Zedong spent several months in 1920. Preserved amid the Jing An Kerry Centre's modern towers, the heritage home is currently being restored with the support of Kerry Properties and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, in collaboration with the Jing An District Government.
For meetings and events, the hotel offers 4,465 square meters (48,060 square feet) of function space in West Shanghai. Jing An Shangri-La's Event Centre is housed in a five-story podium block with a direct passage to the hotel tower on the third story.
Its 1,740-square-meter (18,729 square foot) pillarless Jing An Grand Ballroom is the largest in West Shanghai and boasts a 10-meter-high ceiling. The ballroom is complemented by a roof garden and a 1,039 square-meter (11,183 square foot) pre-function area. In addition, the Event Centre houses a 514-square-meter (5,532 square foot) junior ballroom plus six function rooms covering 659 square meters (7,093 squre feet) of space.
One signature event venue will be the Lifestyle Suite. Designed to provide a combination of privacy and exclusivity, the self-contained Lifestyle Suite has its own bar, reception area, living room, dining room and courtyard. It can cater up to 80 guests.
Other offerings at Jing An Shangri-La include Shangri-La's signature CHI, The Spa, a health club and a 25-meter heated indoor sky-dome lap pool.
The hotel is steps away from the Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Jing An Temple and the Nanjing Road shopping street. It sits on a network of public transportation, including Metro Lines 2 and 7. It is a 45-minute drive from Pudong International Airport and a 20-minute drive from Hongqiao Airport via the adjacent elevated Yan'an Middle Ring Road.
The hotel and entire Jing An Kerry Centre development has been awarded the LEED Gold Pre-certification from the US Green Building Council. Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai is the third Shangri-La property in the city, joining the Pudong Shangri-La located in the city's financial center opposite the Bund, and the Kerry Hotel, Pudong, a luxury lifestyle hotel located near Century Park and the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 78 hotels under the Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders brands with a room inventory of over 32,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. The group has upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Turkey and UK.