Ivy Shanghai: A bold new boutique hotel dazzles Shanghai
Thursday, September 18, 2008: Located in a newly hip factory-turned-residential area, Ivy Shanghai occupies the former 1950s Jiangning Cinema, one of the first cinemas built in Shanghai after liberation. A ‘Green Wall’ of ivy will eventually cover the fa?ade.
The fun continues inside with highly theatrical interiors by edgy, young American-French designer Dillon Garris. Ivy Shanghai is his first full hotel project.
“We wanted to give visitors the full-on Shanghai experience,” says Garris, who vamps up the interplay of ancient and modern Chinese design with funky lipstick-red lattice screens, grey brick walls reminiscent of Shanghai lanes, neon-lit room numbers and China pop art.
A quieter ambience prevails in the 46 contemporary-styled guestrooms. These feature hardwood floors that are heated in winter, ultra-luxurious bedding, walk-in wardrobes, and spacious bathrooms with rainforest showers and deep soaking tubs. Traditional red silk pouches on the vanity contain a full complement of personal hygiene amenities, while signature bath products come in a choice of aromatherapy scents.
“Ivy Shanghai will bring a completely new approach to a typical hotel experience,” says General Manager Stanley Chung. “It is vibrant and hip, with a comforting residential approach which was achieved by not using a hotel designer. But it’s our service that truly makes all the difference.”
All rooms at Ivy Shanghai come equipped with LCD TVs, CD and DVD players, high-speed broadband and remote controls for AV and air-conditioning. An exciting array of thoughtful extras includes water filters attached to the bathroom tap, decadent red cashmere throws, and an extensive specialty pillow menu. Each guest is also assigned a 24-hour personal butler to attend to every aspect of their stay, from airport pick-ups and unpacking/laundering to full secretarial services and restaurant reservations. Original rate is starting from RMB2,288. The soft open rate is from RMB850++.
Ivy Shanghai is the first mainland hotel by CHI that operates unique resorts and serviced apartments throughout Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Fiji.