No major hotel chain can consider itself a contender these days without at least one boutique brand under its name. Marriott has EDITION. Westin has Element. And now Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts has Kerry. Last month the new brand debuted with the Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai. Because Pudong is a business-centric district, it’s no surprise that this property offers all of the expected board- and ballrooms, as well as a selection of fully furnished office suites for guest use. But its goal is not just to serve a corporate clientele. “Extensive leisure facilities are designed to become a social activity hub for both hotel guests and the local community,” said Greg Dogan, president and chief executive officer of Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. Among these facilities is the city’s largest hotel-based sports club, Kerry Sports, with 6,000 square meters encompassing three floors, including a roof garden jogging track. The hotel also introduces a three-in-one dining/entertainment concept. The COOK à la carte restaurant reflects a contemporary marketplace with eleven live show kitchens focused on locally sourced ingredients and international artisanal purveyors; The BREW features signature beers created by a resident brew master; and The MEET is a contemporary steakhouse. Inhabiting a 31-story building in the Kerry Parkside business, residential and shopping complex, the Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai has 574 guest rooms and suites with views of Century Park or the city. Accommodations set the brand’s contemporary, attention-to-detail tone with amenities ranging from iPod docking stations and complimentary Internet to suite treats such as DVD players and Nespresso coffee machines.
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