IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, announced today the grand opening of InterContinental® Shanghai Wonderland, the 200th InterContinental hotel. Developed by Shimao Group and managed by IHG, InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is a luxury hotel masterfully built into the side wall of a formerly abandoned quarry in Southwestern Shanghai.
Stretching 88 metres underground, the hotel was nominated as one of the architectural wonders of the world by the National Geographic Channel's MegaStructures series due to its pioneering architectural design.
Marking 200 captivating destinations around the world
Founded in 1946 by aviation pioneer, Juan Trippe, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts have been on the forefront of luxury hospitality industry for decades with a portfolio of 200 hotels and resorts in stunning locations around the world. To celebrate reaching 200 destinations, the InterContinental brand partnered with London-based contemporary artist Alexander Hall, also known under the alias Haut de Gamme©, to create a stunning art installation, commemorating the milestone. The art installation is made from 200 champagne bottles individually hand-painted by Alexander Hall in his bright and energetic drip-style, with unique artwork on each bottle inspired by each destination. The finished bottles are suspended together in a stunning oeuvre to reveal the number '200'.
An architectural feat
The new-build InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland combines the brand's signature luxury with revolutionary design at a wonderfully unique location, creating an unprecedented experience. Located at Sheshan Mountain Range, this new hotel is mostly subterranean, with two floors above ground and 16 below ground, including two floors underwater. Individually designed to best reflect both modern elegance and the unique features of the quarry's landscape, all 336 rooms and suites provide ample, luxury living spaces with spectacular views of waterfalls and the surrounding cliffs.
The stunning underwater loft offers two awe-inspiring levels: the landing deck at water level houses the outdoor terrace and living room, whilst the underwater bedrooms are encased within a turquoise aquarium where guests will be surrounded by the schools of fish that swim by. All hotel rooms on the bottom floor are provided with around-the-clock butler service to ensure a truly hassle-free stay experience and keep guests feeling truly pampered.
Offering guests a taste of the InterContinental life
Continuing the brand's dedication to providing high standards of guest service and delivering captivating destination experiences, InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland offers services and facilities signature to the InterContinental brand. The award-winning InterContinental Concierge adopts the brand's “In-the-Know” approach and features a series of curated experiences to help guests discover the beauty and charm of the destination. Located right above water level in the hotel's rock quarry architecture, the Club InterContinental lounge offers an exclusive venue for social gatherings and business meetings, and a range of exclusive services and benefits for its guests.
Ms. Lin Wang, CMO of Greater China, IHG, said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with Shimao Group again to open InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland – an architectural masterpiece which is a wonder and beauty in the global hospitality industry. IHG has maintained staggering growth since entering the Chinese market in 1984, and the opening of InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland marks a significant milestone in our development strategy and further enhances our luxury portfolio in China. With its exceptional experiences and personalised services, the hotel is ready to welcome guests to a world of alluring luxury and natural wonder, inviting everyone to live and enjoy the InterContinental life.”