Guoman hotel opens in Shanghai

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    Yesterday HotelDesigns reported that Les Suites Orient had opened in Shanghai and now we can report that another luxury hotel has opened in the same city – The Guoman Shanghai hotel.The five star hotel is the first of two new properties to launch under the Guoman brand in Asia, the second venture being a hotel in Beijing.

    Following a substantial investment, the launch of the 442 room property sees the Guoman group spreading its wings overseas, transferring the group’s ethos within the Asian market.

    Positioned within the business-hub of the Putuo district, Guoman Shanghai is close to the city’s major commercial districts.

    Headed up by Michael Parker, formerly the general manager of one of the group’s London properties, Guoman Shanghai is inspired by London’s style and elegance blended with a contemporary Asian twist.

    Two floors of the hotel will be dedicated to Eastern-inspired restaurants and bars, with the touches of British indulgence seen in the fleet of luxurious Guoman-operated black cabs on hand to transport guests round the city; complete with DVD players, minibar fridges and upgraded soft, hand-stitched leather seats, as well as traditional English food and beverage menu options.

    From its inception in 2004, the Guoman brand has grown to a portfolio of four unique properties.

    Speaking of the group’s first international development, Guoman Hotels, chief international operating officer, Sanjay Nijhawan, said: “The opening of Guoman Shanghai is the crucial first phase in our ongoing strategic growth across Asia in the coming years. We’re very confident in the strength of the group and its focus on a stylish, unique guest experience – we’re positive that the Asian market will respond extremely well to the Guoman offering.”

    Guoman Shanghai will also feature a glass walkway, a ballroom with seating capacity for 500 delegates, 11 conference rooms, a spa and fitness centre with sun terrace.

    The accommodation offering includes 125 suites each with a minimum size of 60sqm and one Presidential Suite.

    Daniel Fountain / 15.05.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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