Shangri-La will soon expand its global portfolio of luxury hotels with a special property in London. Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, scheduled to open May 6, 2014, is located on the historic South Bank of the River Thames in the 306-metre-high, glass-clad Shard. The hotel will be the Hong Kong-based hotel group’s third in Europe, following properties in Paris (2010) and Istanbul (2013).
Greg Dogan, president and chief executive officer, Shangri-La, said, “Our continued expansion in Europe reflects the growth opportunities for the brand and portfolio. The Shard is a landmark synonymous with London and we hope to encourage visitors to our hotel, and the surrounding area. We are truly excited to be an integral part of the ongoing development of the South Bank community and the borough of Southwark.”
As the tallest hotel in Western Europe and the first high-rise hotel in London, the Shangri-La occupies levels 34- 52 of the 72-storey Shard. Its contemporary interior design complements Renzo Piano’s masterful architecture and the breathtaking views revealing iconic landmarks such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.
Darren Gearing, executive vice president and hotel general manager, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, said, “We are thrilled to be opening our doors in May after a number of years of planning and preparation. The hotel’s inspiring views will connect emotionally with guests, while our service hallmarks will position the hotel at the forefront of the world’s finest hotels.”
The hotel’s 202 guestrooms and suites will open from levels 36 to 50. Because of The Shard’s spiral shape, each of the spacious guestrooms and suites, which range from 30 to 188 square metres, is individual in layout and design. Some of the most stunning views are from the hotel’s three signature suites that will be unveiled in September. All signature suites overlook St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and down river towards the O2 Arena.
The Shangri-La Suite, situated on level 39, provides a 180-degree view of London. From the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben to the Tower of London, the view encompasses the River Thames with the Canary Wharf, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Maritime Greenwich dotted along the meandering waterway.
Guests will be escorted in a high-speed elevator from the hotel’s dedicated entrance on St. Thomas Street to the sky lobby on level 35. Subtle Asian touches in the lobby and lobby lounge will reflect Shangri-La’s heritage, while modern and classic art with pieces from a mix of acclaimed Asian and British artists are showcased throughout public areas.