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A new destination resort in Shanghai
Following the successful opening of Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, (launched October 2008), and the Sofitel Ningbo Wanda (launched December 2008), The 23rd Sofitel Hotels in China - Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Huanghe – officially opened on 31 March 2009.
The resort style hotel is located in Sheshan National Tourism Resort, just 35 minutes’ drive from Shanghai city centre, surrounded by lush gardens and blue lagoons. The striking visual ambience and classical Mediterranean architecture provide the perfect backdrop for either leisure or business, and the ambience offers a dream destination for both regional and local clientele in search of green spaces, leisure activities or total relaxation in the attractive suburbs of northern Shanghai.
Upon entering the beautifully designed split level lobby, one can feel the influence of the outside surroundings, through the intelligent use of natural looking materials that adorn the area. A fireplace, high backed chairs and interesting sculptures and “objects d’art” give a clear sense of place that is in harmony with the outdoor ambience.
Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Huanghe is a meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) resort that specializes in inspired creative events, with 12 reception rooms and an opulent grand ballroom that can host up to 900 guests seated in banquet style. The hotel architecture is designed by renowned architects Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates Pte. Ltd. (SRSS) which is based in Atlanta Georgia, USA.
Renowned interior designer, Cheng Chung Design (CCD), from Hong Kong, has created three different room themes; Mediterranean, Chinese and Southeast Asian, ensuring each guest can have a unique luxury experience in their preferred style of surroundings. The beautifully landscaping around the hotel was created by leading landscape architecture firm, Belt Collins, whilst the lighting is designed by Brandston Partnership inc. (BBI) based in New York.
Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Huanghe has 368 rooms including 53 Luxury Suites and an Imperial Suite. There are also seven luxury villas specially designed for international and local government officials as well as business delegations. The rooms and suites, all with private balconies, feature the exlusive MyBedTM concept, an all feather bed and extra light down duvet combined to promise a perfect night’s sleep, a pillow menu, L’Occitane and Hermes room amenities, free broadband internet access and many other attributes.
By Vicky Karantzavelou, TravelDailyNews