Shangri-La opens hotel in northeast China, aims for 20 more on mainland

MANZHOULI, CHINA Shangri-La Asia Ltd. has opened the 235-key Shangri-La Hotel, Manzhouli, located near China’s border with Russia. It is the luxury operator’s third hotel in Inner Mongolia, joining properties in Huhhot and Baotou.

Additionally, the company plans to open at least 20 additional outlets in mainland China by 2016 under its Shangri-La, Traders and Kerry flags. Hong Kong-based Shangri-La currently operates 32 properties on the mainland.

The newest hotel, Shangri-La Manzhouli, is an 18-story property featuring a lobby dome reminiscent of a Mongolian yurt. Designed by Eva Wan Studio, the hotel takes on a contemporary design scheme, accented by Chinese and Mongolian soft furnishings.  Guestrooms have sweeping views of Xiaobei Lake, the city or the expansive grasslands with jagged mountain background beyond. 

The hotel has three restaurants and a lounge. The signature Shang Palace Chinese restaurant seats up to 216 guests, and each private dining room features a yurt-inspired dome ceiling and traditional Chinese and Mongolian style interior design. Café 99 is an all-day dining venue with a seating capacity of 146 diners. The Lobby Lounge, which seats up to 80, is designed with floor-to-ceiling French windows offering panoramic views of Xiaobei Lake Opening in June, the hotel’s specialty restaurant, Salt and Bread, will offer traditional Russian cuisine in a casual environment and will accommodate up to 258 diners.

The hotel houses the city’s largest health club spreading across 1,286 sq. m on the third floor, with a 25-m indoor heated swimming pool with views of the lake and mountains through the windows. The health club includes steam bath, sauna, a hair salon and massage facilities. The hotel has the largest portfolio of hotel meeting and banqueting facilities in the city, at more than 4,000 sq. m.