Shanghai – July 4, 2013 – Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts unveiled its third luxury hotel in Shanghai on June 29 on the Puxi side of the Huangpu River. Positioned in the very heart of Shanghai, Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai is part of the city’s most fashionable neighborhood and features a glamorous design inspired by Shanghai’s vibrant past, present and future.
The 508-room hotel is the centerpiece of the impressive new 450,000-square-meter (4.8 million-square-foot) Jing An Kerry Centre. In 1993, Kerry Holdings Limited began purchasing parcels of land where Jing An Kerry Centre sits with the vision of developing a high-end, mixed-use complex in the very heart of Shanghai.
“The hotel is very Shanghainese in that it is a balance of the new and the traditional,” said Shangri-La President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Dogan. “Guests will experience Shangri-La’s genuine, heart-warming hospitality, and discover classic Shangri-La design reinterpreted in a luxurious contemporary way that complements the vibrancy of the Jing An district.”
Art is an important aspect of the Shangri-La experience, and it is central to Jing An Shangri-La. Upon entering the lobby, guests are greeted by a 5.9 by 2.9-meter (19 by 10-foot) oil painting by Zeng Fanzhi, one of two renowned contemporary artists who were commissioned to create pieces for the hotel. The other is Zhou Chunya, whose series of five paintings for Jing An are inspired by Shanghai’s Yu Garden.
Jing An Shangri-La’s art collection includes 207 pieces by 50 artists representing 12 countries across four continents. Fourteen of the 50 artists represented in the collection are Chinese. The hotel’s entire art collection includes sculptures, paintings, works on paper, photography, textile art and decorative objects – every piece specially created for Jing An Shangri-La. Each work gives homage to Chinese culture either in the subject matter and style, or in the use of medium and material. Even the hand-tufted silk carpets found throughout the hotel were designed to resemble paintings and take inspiration from traditional Chinese water colors, lotus, auspicious fish and colorful blooms.
The hotel’s four bars and restaurants offer experiences that reflect Shanghai’s eclectic and cosmopolitan nature. Summer Palace’s contemporary design takes inspiration from Chinese traditions. Splashes of golden yellow, orange, green and blue hues in the furnishing, art work and accessories are modern motifs of the peacock, a common subject in Chinese ink paintings.
In The 1515 West, Chophouse & Bar, premium beef, American-sized desserts and signature drinks are served in a classic New York steakhouse interior. Artifacts from Shanghai’s historic movie productions add glamour.
The two-level Café LIANG & mezzanine greets guests with a cheery palette of pistachio, orange and brown alongside its semi-buffet spread on the first level. A stylish spiral staircase connects the all-day dining café to the mezzanine level serving modern Japanese-inspired cuisine. While the chef’s skillful hands are at work, diners can soak in the view of pathways, gardens and water features in the 3,000-square-meter (32,292-square-foot) piazza.
Across the complex’s piazza, the attention-catching two-level restaurant with a roof-top wine bar stands in full view from Café LIANG. The soon-to-open modern Mediterranean restaurant with glass-roof building clad in bamboo is designed by the world-famous architect Shigeru Ban.
Shangri-La hotels are famous for having an abundance of elegant chandeliers. Jing An Shangri-La embraces this trademark but re-envisions it to dramatic effect. The hotel glistens with more than four million pieces of crystals. Crystals are used as architectural elements – from the thick canopy of lighted crystal rods covering the porte cochere to the crystal drapery anchoring the double-height reception area and Lobby Lounge.
Crystals are also treated as sculptures. Floating crystal lace clouds appear over the event center’s driveway and lead guests up five levels to the Jing An Grand Ballroom via escalators. The grandeur of the 1,743-square-meter (18,761-square-foot) Grand Ballroom, the largest in West Shanghai, is accentuated by a 10-meter-high (33-foot-high) ceiling dressed with glittering glass rods, crystal panels and more floating crystal clouds.
Guestrooms occupy the top 29 floors of the 60-story tower and provide stunning views. Pops of color accent the silvery design scheme which is warmed by rosewood panelling. Bathrooms offer heated marble floors, satin glass, bevelled mirrors, separate bathtubs and stand-alone showers with mosaic tiles.
Guests staying in Grand Premier Rooms and suites will have access to the largest Horizon Club Lounge in Shangri-La’s collection. Taking up the entire 55th floor, the exclusive Lounge offers 360-degree panoramic views of Shanghai and valuable privileges such as complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening cocktails, and free use of the lounge’s meeting room for two hours per day. Providing guests an even more personalized level of service, Horizon Club privileges include dedicated Club Concierge service, tea or coffee delivered to the guestroom with a wake-up call, suit pressing and late check-out until 4 p.m. Free Wi-Fi is provided to all guests as well as Horizon Club guests.
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Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 81 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 34,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive 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, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at http://www.shangri-la.com.
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