Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has opened its newest property, the Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar, in Mongolia.
The new hotel is within walking distance of the capital's Government House and Great Chinggis Khan Square, and centrally accessible to the country's landscape of picturesque steppes, historic monasteries and grasslands teeming with wildlife.
The hotel is connected to Ulaanbaatar's only luxury mixed-used development, the Shangri-La Centre. The 28-story development, which debuts in 2016, encompasses exclusive apartments, four floors of retail and 19 floors of upscale commercial space. Other features include a 7,200 square meter sports club with an indoor swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi and sauna, as well as a separate two-level Kids Zone for children to enjoy dedicated entertainment.
The 290-room Shangri-La hotel aims to incorporate touches of local culture, with guests upon arrival met by traditionally dressed doormen at the porte cochere, which is decorated with dramatic, double-tier crystal lights forming a geometric pattern and Mongolian copper and brass fittings.
Inside, the hotel's lobby is crowned by crystal chandeliers and incorporates textured stone walls and decorative glass lights in the shape of hunting horns, a touch the hotel says represents the warrior spirit of Mongolia.
Overlooking Nayramdal Park to the south or the Great Chinggis Khaan Square to the north, the guestrooms are appointed in natural tones and light colored wood. Each room is furnished with complimentary Wi-Fi, an executive desk, a marble bathroom and a window seating area to admire the vistas and snow-capped mountain ranges. Suites are configured with a separate master bedroom and living area.
Providing an even higher level of personalized service on the hotel's uppermost floors is the Horizon Club, which is due to open in July. Guests enjoying access to the Horizon Club Lounge, which overlooks Nayramdal Park, are also entitled to express check-in and check-out service, complimentary breakfast, all day beverages, cocktails and canapés in the evening, and use of the meeting room daily.
Dining options at the Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar begin with the all-day Cafe Park. Naadam – named after Mongolia's largest summer sporting festival – is a pub bar and grill with a large vodka menu. Opening in August is Hutong, a restaurant that will serve a variety of Chinese cuisine, including Beijing Duck, clay pot stews and dishes typical of Northern China, alongside an extensive collection of wines. Light meals and beverages will be served in the Lobby Lounge.
The hotel's Health Club has a gym, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam facilities, and massage options.