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Shanghai's Hotel Action Continues: The Langham Xintiandi Opens in October

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August 10, 2010 at 1:36 PM | by | ()

What hotel brand is sticking a 24-story, 357-room, 3-restaurant modern glass tower in the center of historical Shanghai? If you guessed Langham, then you'd be correct. The traditionally British chain of uber-luxury hotels already has a small footprint in Asia thanks to their Langham Place collection, but they're seeking to add a second top-level property to the Pearl of the Orient, Shanghai (as they've already got the Langham Yangtze Boutique).

The new hotel is set to open sooner rather than later; October 2010 to be more exact. It will tower over the Xintiandi district—an area for shopping, upscale teahouses, western chains (it has several Starbucks) and expat residences—and give the moneyed tourists another option than the Bund for a 5-star hotel stay.

That's the hotel in the back there; the cute neighborhood in the foreground is Xintiandi

In order to attract the glitterati away from the aforementioned Bund where the newly opened Peninsula sits, the Langham is breaking out the "destination spots":

These include a lifestyle bar – XTD Elevated - set on a terrace overlooking Xintiandi complete with cabanas and day beds for lounging and Ming Court - serving a gourmet’s choice of Cantonese and Shanghainese specialities. Meanwhile, Cachet – an innovative concept introducing five stylish experiences in one distinctive space will touch the senses from dawn until the early hours. These include a lounge for the perfect signature Langham afternoon tea, a Café for international culinary dining, a Juice Bar for a refreshing pick-me-up, a Martini Bar for an evening tonic and Alfresco – an outdoor terrace to see and be seen.

Oh yes, and there will be a pool. A 25-metre indoor pool, so it's actually nowhere near the cabanas mentioned above.

The hotel is already accepting reservations for stays starting from October 1, 2010. They've got a soft-opening special right now for 1,865 Yuan ($275) per night even though the "best available" is showing 1,700 Yuan ($251), so best to go with that.

[Photo: Langham Hotels]

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