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World-class hospitality in heart of Shanghai

FIND Swiss efficiency, convenience and comfort and mix in a touch of local flair for your conference at Swissotel Grand Shanghai, one of the city's newest deluxe hotels.

Located in an outstanding location in Shanghai's centerpiece Jing'an District, the hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the bustling Nanjing Road W. with its many high-end shopping malls such as Jiuguang City Plaza, Plaza 66 and Citic Square.

Other nearby attractions include Jing'an Temple, Shanghai Grace Church as well as the residential building where Chinese writer Aileen Chang penned her famous novel, "Lust, Caution," in the 1940s.

"It's essential for the hotel to have external attributes surrounding it such as shopping malls, restaurants and bars and easily accessible transportation, because guests don't want to be in the middle of an industrial zone," says Julian van den Bogaerde, general manager of Swissotel Grand Shanghai.

The Metro Line 2 linking Puxi and Pudong is also close to the hotel.

Competition among five-star hotels in this prime area is fierce. What gives Swissotel its edge is its traditional Swiss hospitality.

"We integrate Swiss hospitality with local culture and flavors," Julian says. "The Swissotel brand reflects the finest traditions of Swiss hospitality - quality and reliability, with a focus on the local community."

Swiss touches are evident the moment one steps inside the lobby of the 29-story building. A specially made clock with four faces showing the time in four major cities welcomes guests with its cheerful ticking. Meanwhile, metal embossed sketches and drawings of Shanghai streets add a local touch and link the hotel to the community.

"Guests, especially those from overseas, don't really want to stay in a place that is a reproduction of what they can find anywhere else in the world," Julian adds. "We would like to emphasize local flair so that you know where you are."

With 467 rooms and suites, all commanding stunning views over the city's ultra-modern skyline, executive floors and an exclusive Executive Club Lounge on the 27th floor, the Swissotel Grand Shanghai is designed to meet the requirements of today's sophisticated business and leisure travelers.

Guests to the hotel have a wide range of dinning options. The all-day dining Caf?? Swiss, for example, offers guests a dazzling array of international fare, made more fun by the open kitchen concept design. This allows diners to enjoy exciting "live" cooking shows by the team of international chefs.

Meanwhile, guests in the lobby-level Flow Lounge & Bar can relax over a morning coffee, afternoon tea and scones, or drinks before or after dinner. The Swiss Gourmet led by a Swiss pastry chef offers a wide range of homemade, innovative chocolates.

The hotel offers MICE groups some excellent options. For conference groups of up to 375 for a classroom set-up, it offers a 575-square-meter Grand Ballroom, a VIP room, a multi-functional room, four boardrooms and a 390-square-meter Junior Ballroom convertible, which can be converted into three small venues.

A whole line-up of facilities and services are available through the talented team of conference specialists and Swissotel Grand Shanghai's meeting concierge. They offer flexibility and complete services to meet the requirements of both organizers and participants: from high-tech needs such as Internet connections and the latest audio-visual equipment to after-event leisure activities. For utmost efficiency, a full-range of business center services are also available.

"While the design of a Swissotel varies from destination to destination, and the management teams come from various backgrounds, the Swiss attributes are the common thread that ensures the Swissotel brand represents all that is positive about 'Swissness'," concludes the general manager.


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