The Saga of The Shangri-La at The Shard Slogs On
Once upon a time
in a land far, far, away in London, there was a beautiful castle hotel being built high up in the sky amongst the clouds at the top of a very tall giant building called, The Shard. And the castle hotel on a cloud was given the name, Shangri-La London at The Shard.
castle hotel was meant to be open to everyone in the land and beyond by the time the great gladiators Summer Olympics came into town in 2012. But that didn't happen. Yet the hotel kept building and a new date of June 2013 was given. Then another new opening date of September 2013 was given. And then mysteriously, there was no new opening date to be found.
the people us very worried. Then behold, a super secret messenger arrived at our door inbox with a mysterious note that said, The hotel will not open for quite some time. The fairytale has turned into quite a bit of a nightmare.
Ditching the Grimm-speak for a bit, we've learned that The Shangri-la had some serious issues with their builders and so they are starting anew with a different group of builders. We're not quite sure if this means ripping out existing construction and starting fresh or just having them finish up the job to Shangri-La's expectations. (We suspect it's the former.)
The hotel's website still gives no new opening date nor is it taking reservations. However, the hotel has answered comments on Facebook with this statement about opening:
We are looking forward to welcoming guests in the fourth quarter of this year. Stay tuned for updates and we hope to welcome you to London in the near future.
That means Shangri-La at The Shard could open before 2013 is out, which doesn't seem too dire at all. Some more good news? Shangri-La London just made a YouTube video featuring Darren Gearing, executive vice president of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts based in London, and we think he may have been filmed from a room at the hotel. So perhaps Shangri-La will live happily ever after at The Shard after all. We just hope it happens before 2014 begins!
[Photos: HotelChatter; Video: London & Partners]