Shanghai has gone ‘Grand’ with the launch of Accor’s Grand Mercure hotel brand, bringing a distinctive new style to the cosmopolitan commercial centre of China. Grand Mercure Baolong Hotel, Shanghai entered the Accor network on 26 January, building on Accor’s already substantial presence in the city.
The hotel has completed the first part of an extensive multi-million dollar renovation that is being conducted in two phases with the final phase scheduled to be completed over the next 12 months.
This final renovation will make the Grand Mercure Baolong Hotel eligible to receive the China National Tourism Association’s exclusive five star rating. During the two phases all public areas and rooms will be renovated, and a new roof top swimming pool, modern fitness centre and column-less ballroom will be added to the hotel. The hotel has a choice of three restaurants and two bars.
The hotel is located close to historic Duolun Road, in the Hongkou District of Shanghai. Duolun Road has some of the Shanghai’s best examples of European villas and mansions as well as old Shanghai-style buildings. The 100 year old street was the centre of the city’s literature and cultural movement during Shanghai’s colonial years. Today the street, which has recently benefited from a renovation project, is perhaps best known as a great place to shop for handicrafts and antiques.
The Grand Mercure brand is one of the fastest-growing 4? - 5 star luxury hotel brands in Asia, and boasts some of the regions most distinctive hotels including colonial properties like Grand Mercure Yogyakarta in Indonesia to modern intercity hotels like Grand Mercure Roxy Park in Singapore, Grand Mercure Fortune and Grand Mercure Park Avenue in Bangkok and Grand Mercure on Renmin Square in Xian, China.
Accor currently manages 16 Grand Mercure hotels and resorts around Asia Pacific, with another six committed to development and opening before the end of 2007.
Rates are available at the Grand Mercure Baolong from 330++ RMB (approx AUD$55) a night. Bookings via www.accorhotels-asia.com, travel agents or Accor Reservations Service.