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October 23, 2010

Mandarin Oriental Announces New Hotel In Shanghai

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group today announced that it has signed an agreement to manage a new, luxury hotel currently under construction in Pudong, Shanghai. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2013. Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai will be located in the heart of the Lujiazui Central Financial District. The property will form part of ‘Harbour City’ a 61-acre mixed use development, comprising office towers, a residential complex, significant retail and extensive landscaped gardens that will transform the neighborhood. The development is within walking distance of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the regional headquarters of major domestic and international financial institutions, and has direct access to the promenade on the banks of the Huangpu River.

The hotel will feature 362 guestrooms and 210 serviced apartments. All accommodations will be spacious and elegantly styled, with outstanding views of the city skyline and the Huangpu River. Subtle design touches will reflect the Group’s oriental heritage, while Mandarin Oriental’s renowned customer-centric and highly sophisticated in-room entertainment systems will be a prominent feature. Guests will also have access to an exclusive executive club lounge. Guests will enjoy an array of innovative dining opportunities, with a choice of three eclectic restaurants, a lobby lounge and bar, and a Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop. For the local community, an extensive range of stylish banqueting venues, including a grand ballroom, will provide the perfect backdrop for celebrations, while a wide variety of well-equipped meeting rooms will appeal to the business community.

The hotel is ideally placed for leisure guests with direct access to extensive gardens that will change the local landscape. An all-encompassing Spa at Mandarin Oriental, will provide holistic rejuvenation and relaxation in a serene, meditative setting. There will also be an 80 foot indoor swimming pool and a fully comprehensive fitness center.

Designed by world-renowned architect, Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai will be an urban oasis in the heart of the city. The project owner is Shanghai Rui Ming Real Estate Company; a joint venture between the Hong Kong listed CITIC Pacific Limited and the PRC state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).

“We are delighted to be bringing Mandarin Oriental’s renowned levels of hospitality to Shanghai – China’s vibrant commercial and financial center,” said Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental. “This development, in the prominent new district of Lujiazui, presents an ideal opportunity to further establish our luxury brand in the mainland.”

“We look forward to working with Mandarin Oriental on creating a luxurious and elegant hotel which will become the landmark of the overall Harbour City development,” said Mr. Wang Ande, Director and General Manager of Shanghai Rui Ming Real Estate Company. “The reputation of Mandarin Oriental as an award-winning international brand, renowned for its exemplary service and attention to detail, makes it an ideal partner for this exciting project. The hotel will provide exceptional services to support the numerous financial headquarters in the Lujiazui area.”

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai is approximately 40 minutes from Hongqiao International airport and 50 minutes from Pudong International airport. It is ideally located to enjoy the myriad of attractions that Shanghai, China’s largest and wealthiest city, has to offer.

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