Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has opened the Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo, its third property in the Zhejiang province after the Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou and Shangri-La Hotel, Wenzhou.
The new hotel also complements Shangri-La’s existing portfolio of 27 hotels in mainland China.
Long known as a major trading and shipping hub, Ningbo is situated across Hangzhou Bay from Shanghai. It is one of China’s oldest cities, steeped in history and boasts a number of cultural relics. In modern times, Ningbo has become a major exporter of consumer and electrical products, textiles, food and industrial tools, and is one of China’s busiest port cities.
Ningbo is a two-hour drive from Shanghai via the Hangzhou Bay Bridge and a two-hour flight from Hong Kong. The 563-room Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo is located in the heart of the central business district, at the confluence of the Fenghua, Yuyao and Yong Rivers. As the city’s latest luxury hotel, it is a 20-minute drive from the airport and within walking distance of Ningbo’s largest shopping area, Tianyi Square, and major tourist attractions, according to Shangri-La.
“The city of Ningbo is fast becoming an integral centre of trade and commerce on China’s East Coast. The launch of Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo is a natural step in strengthening our presence in the Zhejiang province and meeting the needs of increasingly sophisticated business travellers,” says Madhu Rao, managing director and chief executive officer, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. “More importantly, the opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo is an affirmation of our strong commitment to maintaining Shangri-La’s position as the largest luxury hotel group in China.”
The guestrooms at the Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo feature broadband internet access, as well as integrated audio-visual equipment. Guests can interface personal electronic devices such as MP3 players, iPods and digital cameras in their rooms ― the Shangri-La being the first hotel in Ningbo to offer such technology. Guestrooms measure from 45 square metres upwards, while suites range in size from 90 to 225 square metres.
Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo also provides comprehensive event facilities for corporate clients, meeting organisers and the local community. With 5,000 square metres of meeting and banqueting space, facilities include a 2,000-square-metre, column-free grand ballroom ― the largest of its kind in the Zhejiang province ― and a variety of function rooms. In addition, a purpose-built VIP interview room, the first of its kind in the city, offers a facility for guests to hold very important meetings.
The hotel also has a health club that features the city’s largest lap pool (25 metres), a gym and two tennis courts. A fully equipped and spacious spa with nine private treatment rooms additionally complements the leisure facilities at the hotel.
Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo also offers guests a range of dining experiences, including 13 private dining rooms at the hotel’s Chinese restaurant, Shang Palace, which serves fine Cantonese cuisine and local cuisine in a contemporary setting. Yi Cafe, showcasing open kitchens and views of the city’s three rivers, provides all-day dining. The Lobby Lounge provides a venue for meetings and relaxation. Featuring seafood and the most premium cuts of meat, the Lobster Bar and the Grill also provides guests with nightly live jazz performances and cocktails.
Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo is offering a special introductory rate of RMB818 (US$120) per night for single or double occupancy in a Deluxe room, including daily breakfast. The rate is subject to a 15 per cent surcharge.
Bookings can be made by calling the hotel directly at (86 574) 8799 8888, via e-mail at email@example.com or online at www.shangri-la.com.