Hot Openings: Andaz debuts in Asia

Hyatt Hotels Corp., Chicago, opened the Andaz Shanghai last week, introducing its boutique-inspired upscale lifestyle Andaz brand to Asia.

The newly constructed 28-story hotel is located in Xintiandi, the entertainment area in central Shanghai. The neighborhood, on the edge of the former French Concession, retains the antique walls, tiles and façades of the traditional shikumen (stone-gate) houses of old Shanghai.

The hotel features 307 guestrooms, ranging in size from 850 to 2,000 sq ft (80 to 193 sq m), each with a view of the Xintiandi neighborhood.

“Synthesizing old and new, the hotel responds sensitively with a warm-gray stone cladding and low-rise podiums that engage the historic neighborhood at street level, while at the same time, the project’s powerful architectural form and high-end amenities embody the dynamism of modern-day cosmopolitan Shanghai,” said Joshua Chaiken, design principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the architecture design firm for the hotel.

The hotel features a translucent indoor pool, which glows with internal LED lighting and a 24-hour gym. A spa will be added later.

The hotel’s food and beverage offerings includes a patisserie, reflecting the area’s French influence, a restaurant specializing in local food and a lounge. The hotel also features three meeting rooms and a ballroom.