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Shangri-La London Fixes Its Design Fault with Another Design Fault

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  Site Where: 31 St Thomas St, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9QU
July 6, 2015 at 10:26 AM | by | ()

The Premier City View should have looked like this

The best thing about Shangri-La at the Shard London was, indisputably, the view. As part of the tallest building in the UK – nay, Europe – those glass walls overlooked everything you could possibly want to see in London.

Which brings us to the worst thing about the hotel: the unimpeded views – thanks to all that glass, the shape of the building and some seriously unfortunate reflection – of other rooms and their occupants.

Well, according to the Daily Mail, the hotel has hit on a genius way to avoid the reflection issue – privacy stripes down the windows. This means guests in other rooms will be unable to see you.

Unfortunately, it also means that if you can’t see in, you can’t see out. Those beautiful views that you paid so much to see? Ruined.

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Before and After: Shangri-La Sydney Renovates Horizon Club

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  Site Where: 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
June 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

When we looked inside the Royal Suite at the InterContinental Double Bay Sydney earlier this year, we said that many central business district hotels in the Australian city are all about the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House views. That couldn’t be more true for Shangri-La Sydney, towering over the Rocks a few blocks away from Circular Quay.

All 565 rooms and suites have harbour views (though that classification includes Darling Harbour), but the best rooms in the house are part of the Horizon Club, the hotel’s club lounge floors. These have just been at the receiving end of an $8 million upgrade, covering both the lounge itself and the 90 rooms. Above and directly below the lounge as it was before, scroll down for the new look.

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5 New Hotels for Manila

June 11, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.

Looking at the first YOO Hotel recently, on its way to tropical Boracay Island in the Philippines, got us thinking about the country’s capital, Manila. Perhaps not a city that surfaces very often on our radar, there are a few big openings in the works that will add nearly 2,000 new hotel rooms over the next five years:

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This Jeddah Hotel Is Modeled on Which Milanese Landmark?

May 27, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | ()

It was only yesterday that we were saying how Milan is so hot right now, but amongst the new openings, we didn’t expect this. A new hotel in Jeddah – as in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – is being designed to look like one of Milan’s most famous landmarks.

The Galleria Hotel’s lobby will be modeled on Milan’s famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which opened in 1877 and is one of the world’s first shopping malls.

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One Year On, Signature Suites at Shangri-La London Will Arrive on May 6

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  Site Where: 31 St. Thomas Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9QU
April 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Have a spare £10,000 ($15,000) lying around that you don’t know what to do with? Here’s an option for you: it’ll get you one night in the Shangri-La Suite at Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard in London.

Available from May 6 (yes, that is exactly a year since we took you inside on opening day), the Shangri-La Suite is one of three “final and most spectacular suites” of the hotel, the other two being the Westminster and London Suites. We talked about these way back when, with their completion at the time projected for fall last year, but here they finally are.

Above a rendering of the Shangri-La suite’s living room, which comes in at 188 sq m (2,023 sq ft) and comes with 180-degree views of the city from floor 39. Creams and golds dominate (or for the more refined: “champagne, citrine, and bronze), with all furniture custom designed for the suite. Access is through a private elevator, there is a 24-hour butler, and you will have a private chauffeur, too.

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Four Seasons Quits Uruguay, Shangri-La Has Island Fever, and Other Hotel News

February 20, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

It’s nearly the weekend, there's lots of hotel news that is worthy of your attention, so here are a few snippets to keep you up to date on the latest from around the world.

Four Seasons Carmelo, Uruguay: we could almost do a weekly feature called the Four Seasons Chronicles, because the news about the Canadian group keeps coming in. Upping its hotels in South America with two new properties in Colombia just a few weeks ago, now it’s down one again by virtue of the departure of the resort in Carmelo, Uruguay by March 31 this year. By early March we should find out which brand will come in its place.

Shangri-La in Mauritius and Sri Lanka: having gotten the opening of its hotel at the Shard in London out of the way in 2014, this year Shangri-La Hotels will have islands on its mind. First, in Mauritius, the former Oberoi Le Touessrok will become Shangri-La Le Touessrok in September following a major renovation. On Sri Lanka, Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa should open just before that, with a second property in capital Colombo to follow in 2017.

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Having a Millennial Time at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore

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  Site Where: 277 Orchard Road, Singapore, Singapore
February 17, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Between its inspiration being a “virtual persona” and the oxygenated water we found in our room, we had little doubt about the millennial roots of Hotel Jen. But what is it like to spend the night? Does Jen give us enough of the things we like about millennial hotels (e.g. free and no fuss WiFi) without some of the trends we’d rather see end yesterday?

The WiFi question we can only answer with a resounding yes. Not only was the WiFi free at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway in Singapore, fast, and reliable, it had no limitations on the number of devices. We found ourselves with no less than five on us during our stay, so being able to go beyond the more common maximum of three was very welcome.

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Hotel Jen Singapore Has Oxygenated Water in the Rooms and Baywatch on the Roof

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  Site Where: 277 Orchard Road, Singapore, Singapore
February 9, 2015 at 9:34 AM | by | ()

In the wave of millennial hotels we greeted in 2014, Shangri-La Hotels decided to join in by throwing out its business-oriented Traders Hotels and repurposing the properties into Hotel Jen, “inspired by virtual persona Jen, a professional hotelier who loves life, travel and the adventure of discovering new places”.

In case we had any doubt about its millennial nature after that description when we checked into Hotel Jen Orchardgateway in Singapore, they were put to rest when we found an orange post-it on the bathroom mirror jauntily telling us to check out the minibar, in which we found two bottles of (complimentary) oxygenated water. Fits right in with things like a focus social spaces and acting impressed over artisanal olive oil, don’t you think?

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As 2014 Begins to Wind Down, Here's a Look at London's Newest Hotels

October 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM | by | ()

Six pictures of six London hotels. Which one is the odd one out? Your time starts…. now.

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Ta-Ta Traders, Hello Jen Hotels!

September 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM | by | ()

Shangri-La Hotels is doing away with their business traveler brand, Traders Hotels, and replacing it with a newer, hipper, brand aimed at Millennials called, Hotel Jen. Here's what Jen is about:

The Hotel Jen brand is inspired by the virtual persona Jen, a professional hotelier who loves life, travel and the adventure of discovering new places. Hotel Jen takes care of guests with efficiency and care, while also giving them informed access to the best a particular destination has to offer.

Stress-free ease and simplicity will be reflected in the overall Hotel Jen stay experience through the informal and friendly check-in, stay, check-out and on-going contact. A sense of belonging will be reflected through a brand persona concept that positions guests as "friends of Jen," with a caring and respectful service standard communicated by staff in an enthusiastic, helpful and engaging way.

The Hotel Jen "informed and friendly" service style will also guide guests to the best of where they are, through local restaurant recommendations, under-the-radar sights and unusual boutiques. The Hotel Jen team will be a guest’s own personal local lifestyle guide.

(Note: Jen is not to be confused with Marriott's imagined Millennial traveler, Jia.)

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Quirky Cocktails That (Can Make You) Go the Distance

August 14, 2014 at 7:13 PM | by | ()

It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local." So all this week and next, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our second Hotel Cocktail Week(s) -- newly-expanded because there’s just so many drinks to share. We'll be posting quirky cocktails, boozy trends, unique menus and even recipes so you can recreate your favorite hotel drink at home. We expect everyone will be getting a bit tipsy over the next couple of weeks! But don't forget to tip your bartenders, in this case, us.

There are some cocktails in this world that make you go, “Really?” Here are a few that fall into this category, proving that some things are best left for the experts to come up with.

This savory concoction comes from Shangri-La, At The Shard’s GŎNG. It contains Scotch – good; sherry – OK; blue cheese – what the?; and chocolate bitters. Really? All we can say is that we’re going to London soon and you can bet we’re making a pit stop here to see if it can actually be done.

Black and Blue Swizzle

1.5 oz Talisker 10 Years
1/2 oz Pedro Ximinez Sherry
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz honey-blue cheese mix (method below)
1 drop Mozart Chocolate Bitter

To make the honey-blue cheese mix:
Add 2:1* honey syrup and 200g crumbled blue Stilton into a saucepan over medium heat and let the syrup simmer for a while (do not let it boil). Use a blender to make sure the cheese and honey are combined. It’s recommended to fine strain the syrup before usage.

Pour all of the ingredients into a copper mug and add crushed ice. Use a swizzle stick to blend the drink and crushed ice until the outside of the mug is frosted. A spoon can be used if you can't get hold of a swizzle stick.

Top up with fresh crushed ice and garnish with mint leaves, orange peel and cinnamon crumbles.

*A 2:1 (sugar/honey to water) is often referred to as rich simple syrup. The 2:1 ratio often gives the cocktail a better mouth feel and less is needed since it’s richer. It also lasts longer before spoiling.

Cost to imbibe at the hotel: £17 ($28)
Cost to stay at the hotel because you've imbibed too much: £500 ($834)

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Guess The Hotel Where Old, Rich and Powerful Men Like To Stay

August 6, 2014 at 5:59 PM | by | ()

It's time for another rousing rendition of Guess The Hotel! Here's how it works--we give you some hotel hints, you drop your guesses in comments below and we'll tell you if you're right or wrong tomorrow. And away we go!

This hotel might be a favorite amongst old men named Larry like Larry King and Larry David as well as The Fonz, aka Henry Winkler (the latter two we actually spied in the lobby of the hotel), and many, many, many others. However, we were struck by the hotel's relatively feminine guest rooms. They just looked so darn pretty. Which makes sense since we know how much those old, powerful men like pretty things.

Here are some more hints about this oh-so-lovely hotel:

· The new feminine look was recently unveiled earlier this year. Some specialty suites should be rolled out in the next few weeks.

· The hotel's restaurant and bar remains the place to see and be seen in this particularly hoity part of NYC.

· The rooms all feature a large full-length mirror on the wall so you can see exactly what your outfit looks like. Very important for both women and men.

· The lobby has free WiFi and plenty of luxurious places to lounge so you can charge your phone, check your email and text your mom that you just saw The Fonz.

Yeah, this one shouldn't be that hard but we still want to see your guesses! So drop them in comments below!