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Gran Melia offers Latin luxury

GRAN Melia Shanghai, the first hotel of the Spanish Sol Meli°§ Hotels & Resorts in China, is in the heart of the Lujiazui Financial and Trade Zone with sweeping views of the Huangpu River.

Gran Melia Shanghai is emerging as the city's new luxury destination for MICE groups (meetings, incentives, conferences and events).

"We want to be the best hotel in Shanghai and establish it as a key choice for MICE groups coming to the city," says Jaime Piedras, the hotel's resident manager. "With a vast and versatile space for events, we are able to offer guests precisely what they want in terms of meeting and conference needs."

The luxury business hotel opened in February and has 22 meeting rooms with almost 1,850 square meters of flexible space for meetings, conferences and special social events.

Its guest rooms and facilities provide ideal spaces for participants to enjoy their leisure time.

Within the hotel's 1,850 square meters of event space is a pillar-less, high-ceiling grand ballroom of 705 square meters, divisible by four, which can hold about 450 to 800 people, depending on the event. A main kitchen on the third floor is exclusively set up for banquets in the ballroom.

Each space is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment including interactive TV, high-speed Internet, WiFi broadband access, fax machine, photocopier, document printer and translation service in three languages.

The 160-square-meter Huangpu Auditorium, facing the Huangpu River and illuminated by natural light, can hold 120 people and is likely the first one on such scale among Shanghai's luxury business hotels.

The hotel's executive floor with private bar, small meeting rooms and breakfast buffet allows VIPs to have a more exclusive and private space.

As a new comer to the city's hotel industry and the first one featuring a Latin-Spanish style, Gran Melia Shanghai is taking ambitious steps to become the city's best hotel.

Gran Melia offers 686 rooms - including four handicapped rooms - making it one of the largest hotels in Shanghai. It boasts 501 superior rooms, 117 deluxe rooms, 66 deluxe suites, one presidential suite and one imperial suite.

More than 60 percent of its rooms enjoy a view of the Huangpu River that is set off by the city's glittering skyline.

A variety of dining and drink venues can suit different palates - everything from traditional Cantonese cuisine to authentic Spanish food and Italian delicacies.

Its Havana Night, a Cuba corner featuring Cuban cabaret, is a cozy place to appreciate Cuban cigars and light Cuban music. The Red Passion Club, a bar on the 30th floor and overlooking the Huangpu River, offers a panoramic view of the thriving yet historic metropolis.

"We're brand new to business travelers and totally different from other hotels in the city," Piedras says. "As this year is the Expo year, we just opened the hotel at a perfect time."

The hotel enjoys a preferential location. It's a five-minute walk to many of Pudong's most prestigious landmarks such as Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Super Brand Mall and Jin Mao Tower, among others. The Shanghai New International Expo Center can be reached in 15 minutes by car.

In addition, the nearby Metro station and vehicular access to the new tunnel linking Pudong with Xinjian Road in Puxi makes transport more convenient.


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