Shangri-La Hotels have a solid reputation for being refined, elegant, and formal, but with its new brand, Kerry Hotels, they are offering up “casual luxury.”
The two current Kerry Hotels — the Kerry Hotel, Pudong, Shanghai, which opened in February 2011 and the Kerry Centre Hotel Beijing that followed in November of the same year – attract both business and leisure travelers with their unique amenities. The following attributes are scoring big with patrons:
Only a half hour’s drive separates Kerry Hotel Shanghai from the Pudong Airport, and because it’s a bit removed from the inner city, guests are able to avoid Shanghai’s notorious traffic. Popular attractions like the Bund and the Yu Yuan Gardens are still only 20 minutes away.
Kerry Centre Hotel Beijing is pretty strategically placed as well. It’s right across the street from China World Trade Center Tower. A number of rooms look directly onto the CCTV building, the architectural jewel designed by Rem Koolhaas.
Kerry Hotel Shanghai boasts 574 rooms and suites, and none of them is smaller than 450 square feet. They are quite popular with the business crowd because of free features like work desks with universal adapters, laptop safes, and Wi-Fi. Complimentary minibars and bathrooms with dual vanities are also favorites.
The Kerry Centre Hotel Beijing has just 486 rooms, but the amenities are the same as those offered at the Shanghai property. In addition, there are Bose iPod docks and Nespresso machines in club rooms, in addition to fresh fruit baskets, complimentary suit pressing, and butler services.
In Shanghai, Kerry patrons are kept full with three different dining options. The main dining feature, called The Cook, is a combination of several restaurants, and offers guests everything from pasta to sushi. The Meet is a steakhouse, and The Brew is a gastropub that offers ciders, beer, and ale brewed by the in-house brewmaster.
Kerry’s Kitchen is the main restaurant at the Beijing property. It offers a wide array of made-to-order and self-serve options. In the lobby, Kerry’s pantry is the perfect place for busy guests to grab quick meals. Though it’s currently under construction, The Horizon restaurant will continue to offer its revered Cantonese dishes once it reopens. The bar, Centro, attracts guests and locals who come to experience live music and to enjoy the bar’s 100-page cocktail menu.
Both hotels offer state-of-the-art fitness centers. In Shanghai, both a spa and a children’s activity center help parents to unwind. Club Lounges at both locations serve meals and snacks throughout the day.
Rates for Kerry Hotel Shanghai start at $210, in Beijing, at $270.
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