Shanghai, February 24, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) continues its rapid expansion in China with the opening today of the 317-room Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview, bringing the total number of properties in China under the flagship Marriott Hotels brand to 15. Marriott International manages the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview under a long-term agreement with the owner, Shanghai Bao Hua Group.
The hotel is situated next to the Multimedia Valley in Zhabei District and offers unparalleled meetings and events facilities and is the only hotel in Shanghai’s city center with two full-sized pillar-less ballrooms, as well as a wide selection of large conference spaces.
Neighboring the Daning Lingshi Park, the largest green space in the downtown area, the hotel provides a tranquil environment surrounded by nature trails, offering the guests the ability to seamlessly switch between work and leisure.
“We are delighted to open this inspiring hotel in Shanghai which adds to our extensive portfolio in China,” said Mr. Simon Cooper, President & Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Marriott International. “The Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview marks Marriott International’s first partnership with Shanghai Bao Hua Group with whom we share a common vision and drive to make this a truly stunning new hotel for this very important city. With the addition of our 15th Marriott branded hotel in China, our total portfolio grows to 66 hotels in the country and our 21st in Shanghai, where we are the largest operator of full-service hotels in the city.”
“Marriott Hotels is the original and iconic brand within the Marriott International portfolio of hotel brands and we are currently on a journey to transform this brand and reassert its position as a pioneer in innovation. Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview will become a standard bearer for the newly revitalized Marriott Hotels brand, and is a great example of how we want the brand to be seen in the future,” said Mr. Cooper.
The Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview offers 317 rooms and suites that feature scenic views of the park, all with a modern and fresh design by internationally renowned interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates. The hotel also provides brand new room amenities by Thann, the natural Thai skincare line, for an enhanced beauty and body care experience.
The hotel is also the perfect choice for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibition). The impressive 2,800 square-meters of meeting space is conveniently located on one floor.
The larger of the hotel’s two pillarless ballrooms measures 1,400 square-meters and features two state-of-the-art 65sqm LED screens, while the other measures 1,000 square-meters and also provides one LED screen. Five flexible function rooms are perfect for small to medium sized sophisticated corporate events. The hotel’s dedicated wedding planning services coupled with its panoramic views across what is Shanghai’s biggest downtown parkland makes it the ideal location for a city wedding.
“Shanghai is one of the most important cities for meetings and events in the region, and the magnificent new Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview underlines Marriott’s commitment to lead the future of meetings in Asia,” said Ricky Lam, General Manager of Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview. “This hotel offers the very latest in technology, facilities and creative event spaces and is really a great example of the next generation of Marriott Hotels in Asia, which perfectly embodies the brand’s philosophy of allowing guests to “travel brilliantly”.
The hotel is home to four signature food and beverage outlets that are set to redefine the dining landscape in the immediate area for local residents and travelers alike. These include Shanghai City Bistro, an all-day dining restaurant featuring live action cooking stations showcasing traditional favorites and cuisines from around the world. The prestigious Man Ho Chinese Restaurant specializes in authentic Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine. Eight private dining rooms provide an exclusive and comfortable backdrop for a more intimate gathering of friends and family or for entertaining large or small groups; Tatsumi is a stylishly-designed contemporary Japanese & Korean dining experience hidden away on the hotel’s second floor offering a tasteful blend of north Asian delicacies.
Guests can also relax in The Lounge which serves a selection of soft drinks and signature afternoon tea sets in The Lobby, an engaging setting where business and leisure intersect.
The hotel’s premium amenities include a 24-hour fitness center and indoor swimming pool, as well as access to a golf practice green and a tennis court.
High up on the 23rd floor alongside the executive rooms and suites, the Executive Lounge offers business services as well as complimentary food and drinks for Executive Floor guests.
Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview’s location means it is easily accessible not only to the business districts of Shanghai but also to a number of Shanghai’s most famous attractions. It is a five-minute walk to Metro Line 1, while only 15 minutes by car to the likes of People’s Square and the Bund. It is also 25 minutes to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and 45 minutes to Shanghai Pudong Airport.
With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom Lobby, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.