Bao Wanxian

It stands amidst one of the largest com­mer­cial com­plexes in Tian­jin and is prob­a­bly one of the most an­tic­i­pated open­ings in the city this year. re­ports on the lat­est Shangri-La Ho­tel.

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

Best known as the mother river of North China’s Tian­jin mu­nic­i­pal­ity, the Haihe River flows through the heart of the city, help­ing to nur­ture its 600-year cul­tural her­itage. It has also be­come the golden artery link­ing the city’s historic past with its glit­ter­ing fu­ture.

One of the lat­est stars to shine along the river is the Shangri-La Ho­tel, Tian­jin, which opens for busi­ness to­day.

It is the lat­est per­fect get­away in the port city, just half an hour away from Bei­jing South Sta­tion by high-speed rail, and an easy 10-minute ride from the Tian­jin Rail­way Sta­tion. The 304-room ho­tel will of­fer both leisure and busi­ness guests ac­cess to Tian­jin’s mar­itime econ­omy and tra­di­tional cul­ture her­itage.

The Shangri-La Ho­tel is also the new vis­ual land­mark along the river, and its de­sign is in­spired by the Haihe River, so im­por­tant to the city’s civic devel­op­ment.

Var­i­ous el­e­ments of the river - its gen­tle flow­ing move­ment, the sooth­ing col­ors and fluid tex­ture of the wa­ter - are all ev­i­dent in thought­ful de­tails through­out the ho­tel, cre­at­ing the sense of tran­quil­ity that Shangri-La Ho­tels and Re­sorts are renowned for.

In the lobby, guests can be awed by a spec­tac­u­lar chan­de­lier made with bril­liant crys­tals im­ported from the Czech Repub­lic and de­signed by Tana Dvo­rakova from the Lasvit Group, the Czech-based crys­tal and glass light­ing man­u­fac­turer. This is just one of the trib­utes to the Haihe River.

The har­monic flow of the river is mir­rored in the made-to-order hand-tufted car­pet in the Lobby Lounge with mo­tifs of wa­ter lilies amidst a cerulean blue wa­ter­way. The move­ment of the river is fur­ther cap­tured in the in­set of metal de­tail­ing through­out the ho­tel.

Imagery of the river also reaches ev­ery guest room. Guests can ac­cess the pic­turesque Haihe River and ur­ban land­scape through the floorto-ceil­ing win­dows in ev­ery room.

As the city’s largest pil­lar-less ball­room, Shangri-La Ho­tel Tian­jin of­fers 1,956 square me­ters with nat­u­ral day­light, and the space has the ca­pac­ity to hold meet­ings of up to 1,800 peo­ple. You can even drive a car into the ball­room.

“Tian­jin is a city for both leisure and busi­ness,” says Hakan Ozel, gen­eral man­ager of Shangri-La Ho­tel, Tian­jin. “As a busi­ness ho­tel, we also of­fer di­ver­si­fied ways to re­lax.”

The ho­tel of­fers two out­door ten­nis

I be­lieve in the ShangriLa hos­pi­tal­ity, where our gen­uine care and re­spect for oth­ers shapes the way we treat our guests.” HAKAN OZEL GEN­ERAL MAN­AGER OF SHANGRI-LA HO­TEL, TIAN­JIN

courts on the rooftop podium, while a 24-hour gym­na­sium with a com­pre­hen­sive range of fa­cil­i­ties and a tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled in­door swim­ming pool lo­cated on the level three of­fers leisure ameni­ties to guests.

As the city an­swers the coun­try’s call for in­te­grated devel­op­ment within Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei province, Tian­jin will at­tract more guests with its busi­ness po­ten­tial, strong in­fra­struc­ture and strate­gic lo­ca­tion, says Ozel.

“I be­lieve in the Shangri-La hos­pi­tal­ity, where our gen­uine care and re­spect for oth­ers shapes the way we treat our guests. It is how we trans­form our gra­cious and en­chant­ing Asian man­ner into au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ences.

“And in our Shangri-La fam­ily, guests will find tran­quil­ity, sin­cer­ity and a spe­cial kind of hos­pi­tal­ity from the heart,” says the gen­eral man­ager, who has over 14 years work­ing with Shangri-La Ho­tels and Re­sorts.

Ac­cord­ing to Summer Li, dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing man­ager of Shangri-La Ho­tel, Tian­jin, the ho­tel car­ried out creative mar­ket­ing through Wechat, mi­croblogs and on, a busi­ness-to-cus­tomer plat­form on­line.

“Through the In­ter­net mar­ket­ing, we nar­row the dis­tance with our cus­tomers,” Li says.

“At Shangri-La Ho­tel, Tian­jin, at­ten­tion to de­tail and a sin­cere wish to de­liver the best are val­ues we trust to make our guests feel spe­cial, as part of the Shangri-La fam­ily.” says Ozel. Con­tact the writer at baowanxian@chi­

Ev­ery guest room in the deluxe ho­tel of­fers a river view through floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows.

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