Shangri-La plans hotels in Chennai, Nanchang

HONG KONG Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is progressing with plans for new properties in Chennai, India, and Nanchang, China.

Shangri-La has broken ground on Shangri-La Hotel, Nanchang, scheduled to open in 2013, and it has signed a management deal with Riverside Infrastructure (India) Pvt. Ltd. to operate Traders Hotel, Chennai, scheduled to open in 2012.

Part of the MARG Junction Mall, a mixed-use complex, the 246-key Traders Chennai will provide four dining and entertaining outlets including a cafe, lobby lounge, specialty restaurant and an all-day dining restaurant. It will offer 2,236 sq. m of function space, plus a health club, spa with beauty salon and 25-m outdoor pool.

“It gives me great pleasure to be associated with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts,” says G.R.K. Reddy, chairman and managing director of MARG Ltd., parent company of Riverside Infrastructure. “Junction Mall was created with the purpose of providing world-class amenities to our valued customers. It gives me great honor to bring this brand to the people of Chennai, and I strongly believe that the association will get stronger in the near future.”

The 319-key Shangri-La Hotel, Nanchang, will be located in a multi-use complex built in two phases in the Honggutan New District, adjacent to the government administration office and the city’s new convention center. The hotel will offer dining and entertainment outlets including an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty restaurant and bar, a Chinese restaurant and a lobby lounge. Meeting facilities will include a 1,800-sq.-m grand ballroom, plus additional function rooms. Recreational options include a 25-m indoor swimming pool, health club and beauty salon. An outdoor deck near the lobby lounge will allow guests to enjoy the milder summer season.

The second phase of the Nanchang project will include a residential component, shopping area and office tower.