Mandarin Oriental to manage luxury hotel in Shanghai

SHANGHAI Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed an agreement to manage a luxury hotel currently under construction in Pudong, Shanghai. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2013.

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, is located in Lujiazui Central Financial District. The property will form part of Harbour City, a 61-acre mixed use development comprising office towers, a residential complex, retail and extensive landscaped gardens. The development is within walking distance of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the regional headquarters of major domestic and international financial institutions, and has direct access to the promenade on the banks of Huangpu River.

“We are delighted to be bringing Mandarin Oriental’s renowned levels of hospitality to Shanghai, China’s vibrant commercial and financial center,” says CEO Edouard Ettedgui. “This development, in the prominent new district of Lujiazui, presents an ideal opportunity to further establish our luxury brand in the mainland.”

The hotel will feature 362 guestrooms and 210 serviced apartments. Accommodations will be spacious and elegantly styled, with views of the city skyline and Huangpu River. The hotel will offer three eclectic restaurants, a lobby lounge, bar and a Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop. An all-encompassing Spa at Mandarin Oriental will provide holistic rejuvenation and relaxation in a serene, meditative setting. There will also be an 80-ft. indoor swimming pool and a comprehensive fitness center. Facilities will include several banqueting venues, including a grand ballroom, and a variety of meeting rooms.

Designed by world-renowned architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, will be an urban oasis in the heart of the city. The project owner is Shanghai Rui Ming Real Estate Co., a joint venture between CITIC Pacific Ltd. and the state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corp.

“We look forward to working with Mandarin Oriental on creating a luxurious and elegant hotel which will become the landmark of the overall Harbour City development,” says Wang Ande, director and general manager of Shanghai Rui Ming Real Estate Co. “The reputation of Mandarin Oriental as an award-winning international brand, renowned for its exemplary service and attention to detail, makes it an ideal partner for this exciting project. The hotel will provide exceptional services to support the numerous financial headquarters in the Lujiazui area.”