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Hot Openings: IHG unveils first heritage hotel in Asia


By Dani Friedland on 5/31/2013

IHG has unveiled the InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin, its 200th property in greater China.

The InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin is owned by Shanghai Donghu Group Corporation and is IHG's first heritage hotel in Asia (its sixth globally).

The former Ruijin Hotel was originally built as a family estate for Benjamin Morris in 1917 and comprises four houses, several outbuildings, and gardens spread almost over 100 acres (40 hectares). It previously served as the State Guest House of Shanghai and as the headquarters of the Communist Party. IHG undertook years of restoration to preserve the building's neoclassical architecture.

InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin offers 238 guestrooms and suites, including British-style garden villas. Suites have mahogany furniture and an antique phonograph guests can use to evoke the spirit of old Shanghai.

The Club InterContinental Wing has 80 guestrooms, of which 36 include a patio or balcony. The Club wing also has 10 suites. Guests staying in this part of the hotel have access to the Club Lounge, which includes a library and breakfast area.

La Rue French Brasserie serves bistro fare with an emphasis on regional French cuisine. Xin Yuan Lou, meanwhile, serves contemporary Chinese in a villa that overlooks the gardens; private dining is available in 12 rooms. Cocktails and snacks are available in the Lobby Lounge.

InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin also offers a business center, fitness center with indoor pool, and a spa.


 
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