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Going Up to the Dizzying Heights of Shangri-La at the Shard London

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April 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | ()

About a month from now, Shangri-La Hotels will finally cut the ribbon on its long in the works skyscraper hotel at the Shard in London. Ahead of the May 6 opening, we packed ourselves into a construction lift - high-visibility gear, hard hat and all - for a first look at what you can expect between floors 34 and 52 of the Renzo Piano-designed landmark.

As we heard when reservations opened a few weeks back (opening rates start at £450 / $750), the ground floor lobby facing St. Thomas Street looks nearly finished, but some changes to furniture and set up are still to be made. We saw the sky lobby at level 35, which hits you with head-on views of the City and St. Paul’s, all the way west towards Westminster, the second you step out of the express lifts.

On May 6, 59 out of the 202 rooms will come online, with more added floor by floor during the months after. Room categories have changed slightly since we last discussed these, so we’ll have the update for you on that next week. The two rooms we saw were of the same category, and shared design and amenities, but were very different – in fact, all rooms are individual in terms of layout.

We also spied the 52nd floor swimming pool and bar, which after 8pm will merge to become one large social space with stupendous views (though if you’re thinking that means pool party, think again). Together with the top three suites (London, Westminster, and Shangri-La), this will complete the hotel when they all open in September.

Stay tuned for the full breakdown on Shangri-La at the Shard next week.

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]

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