Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts opened its 85th hotel in China’s largest northern port city. The 302-room Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin sits on the bank of the Haihe River in the new Hedong District, overlooking Tianjin’s architecture dating from the 19th century.
The property’s development included: architecture by Leigh and Orange; design of the public areas, CHI, The Spa and Health Club by Hirsch Bedner Associates; design of the guestrooms and Horizon Club Lounge by BC&A International Limited; design of the Shang Palace by LRF Designers Limited; design of Cafe Yun by Super Potato; and design of the lobby lounge by Hirsch Bedner Associates.
Tianjin is 30 minutes by high speed rail from Beijing and has become a center for light industry and financial activities. On weekends, the city’s architecture, river and food scene draw families and leisure travelers.
Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin has rooms that range from one of the largest deluxe rooms in the city, the 157-square-foot Deluxe River View Room, to the 787-square-foot Shangri-La Suite. In addition to its guestrooms, the hotel has 39 serviced apartments. All guestrooms overlook the Haihe River, and the executive Horizon Club Lounge on Level 32 offers panoramic views of the city. Shangri-La’s complimentary Wi-Fi service is available throughout the hotel.
The hotel is fully integrated within Tianjin Kerry Centre and is the only five-star international hotel in the city connected to a shopping mall, River View Place, which houses multiple dining and entertainment venues and the largest of Shangri-La and Kerry’s Adventure Zones for kids. The 5,577-square-foot Adventure Zone is slated to open in 2015.
The hotel plays to its location on the river with floor-to-ceiling windows in the Lobby Lounge showcasing the view. The Haihe River is echoed in design elements as well. The grand lobby chandelier is designed to mimic sunlight reflecting on water, while the flow of the river is mirrored in the carpet motif of water lilies on a blue waterway. The Lobby Lounge is separated from the main lobby by dividers inlaid with gold flowers cascading from the trees to wind-blown leaves and flowers falling into the river.
Paris-based artist Chen Jiang Hong returned to his home city of Tianjin to paint the 14- by 8-meter mural commissioned for Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin’s Lobby Lounge. Other works by Chen are featured in Shangri-La Hotel, Paris and Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai.
Within the hotel, there are recreational and dining offerings. The Health Club has a 24-hour gym, indoor swimming pool, two outdoor tennis courts, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, plus Shangri-La’s CHI, The Spa.
Shangri-La’s signature Shang Palace restaurant serves local specialties and Cantonese cuisine. The interior marries traditional and contemporary furnishings. Over 70 paintings by local artists adorn the corridors and walls, and copper pillars and wooden panels separate the main dining hall to create sections for privacy and exclusivity. The restaurant also offers 12 private dining rooms for gatherings or business meetings.
Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin’s all-day dining restaurant, Café Yun, has six theater kitchens laid out in a marketplace-style. A private dining room is also on offer.
For conferences of up to 1,800 people, Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin’s 6,446-square-foot, pillar-less Grand Ballroom is the newest and largest meeting destination in the city. The Grand Ballroom is papered with hand-painted floral wallpaper to create the feeling of being in a garden pavilion. A range of indoor and outdoor venues are also available for smaller meetings or social gatherings.