It's that time of the year again. As 2017 draws to a close, we take a look back at the biggest luxury hotel openings of the year in Shanghai.
Where: 66 Lvshun Lu (near Dongchangzhi Lu) 旅顺路66号 (近东长治路)
Possibly the biggest hotel opening of 2017 was the W Shanghai, making its grand debut back in the first week of June. The soaring 42-floor building is outfitted with a total of 374 rooms, among which 35 are suites.
There are three drinking options plus two social and dining venues—The Kitchen Table touts a varied international affair in a modern, New York bistro-style setting, while YEN offers sophisticated Cantonese dishes with a twist. For quality sipping, head on over to the bar attached to the latter, called Liquid at YEN, or WOOBAR for something a little more casual. And of course, there's the iconic WET Bar, perfect for lazy lounging paired with cocktails, tapas, and stunning Lujiazui views.
Where: 1008 Beijing Xi Lu (near Jiangning Lu) 北京西路1008号 (近江宁路)
The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan was officially unveiled to the public in May, located in that snazzy-looking tower on Beijing Xi Lu, right around the corner from Shanghai Center and Westgate Mall. The hotel occupies floors 36 to 68, offering 66 suites and 55 residences for a total of 491 guest rooms.
There are six dining and drinking options available. There's Seki-tei, set in a modern Japanese stone garden, seasonal chef tasting menus and a customized experience at Bespoke, curated Cantonese delights at Yan Ting, Social for buffet brunches with live cooking stations, The Drawing Room for classy afternoon tea, and The St. Regis Bar for fine wines, rare spirits, champagnes and handcrafted cocktails.
Where: 480 Jianguo Xi Lu (near Yueyang Lu) 建国西路480号 (近岳阳路)
The city's first and only all-villa urban resort opened back in September smack dab in one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Shanghai. Housed in Jian Ye Li, one of the last remaining clusters of shikumen architecture, Capella Shanghai is spread across 23,000 sqm of space, offering 55 shikumen villas and 40 serviced residences.
Here, you'll find casual chic French brasserie Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire, spearheaded by culinary icon and chef Pierre Gagnaire, helmed by his protege Romain Chapel. It's divided into 70-seater restaurant Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire, 40-seater bar and lounge Le Bar, and La Boulangerie et Patisserie, a casual cafe and bakery. The hotel also hosts The Lab, an interactive showcase for private bookings of up to eight guests.
Where: 190 Suzhou Bei Lu (near Zhongshan Xi Lu) 苏州北路190号 (近中山西路)
Bellagio Shanghai, located right next to Waibaidu Bridge in the Bund area, is the second Bellagio in the world, the other being the iconic Bellagio Las Vegas. Sleek and stylish, the hotel features 162 luxurious guest rooms and suites, more than 1,000 art pieces curated from around the world, and an iconic grand water fountain similar to that of the Las Vegas flagship.
Dining outlets include American diner-esque Cafe Bellagio, Cantonese and Shanghainese offering Mansion on One, Italian restaurant LAGO by award-winning chef Julian Serrano, and a lobby and lounge dining area serving English and Shanghainese style afternoon tea that highlights Diayutai speciality coffee.
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