Meliá Hotels International announced today at FITUR Travel Market in Madrid the newest addition to its portfolio in the United Kingdom, the Innside Liverpool hotel.
Rendering of the Innside Liverpool Hotel

Meliá Announces Innside Liverpool Hotel

Meliá Hotels

Meliá Hotels International announced today at FITUR Travel Market in Madrid the newest addition to its portfolio in the United Kingdom, the Innside Liverpool hotel, that will join the four properties already operated in the United Kingdom ( ME London, Meliá White House, Innside Manchester and the upcoming Innside Newcastle), an increasingly key market for the Company.

Innside by Meliá creates lifestyle design hotels for urban and business travellers, with an informal yet highly efficient service combined with smart technology. The brand is the company’s main bet for the urban segment and a great example of the current bleisure hotel trend, offering an innovative alternative for current work trippers, who seek to combine leisure and work, allowing them to maximize their moments as they work and trip their way around the world. For them, these hotels offer multifunctional lobbies where to enjoy the most unexpected encounters, creative meeting spaces, 24/7 exercise classes, endless Wi-Fi and relaxing wellness areas, among others.

Every Innside hotel has its own architectural personality, and even more so the Innside Liverpool. The hotel will form part of a new development very near the banks of the River Mersey on the site of the old Post and Echo building, surrounded by modern new office buildings and only 5 minutes from the port and a 7-minute walk from the historic city centre. The hotel will open in 2019 with 200 rooms and all the food and beverage, fitness and meeting space attributes of the brand, as well as a spectacular rooftop restaurant.

Liverpool is one of the largest cities in the country and one of the economic hubs in the north of England. The fact that it is a port has contributed to the diversity of its population of more than 2.2 million people and the richness of its culture, with cultural links to the regions of Ireland and Wales. Liverpool’s tourism and business travel numbers reflect a growth in tourism revenues last year of 8%, and 5% growth in the total number of visitors. In 2016, more than 56 million people visited the city, of whom about 10% stayed overnight.

The Innside Liverpool will help the brand consolidate its presence in the UK following the success of the Innside Manchester, which since opening in 2015, has become a benchmark urban hotel in the UK. For Gabriel Escarrer, Vice Chairman and CEO of Meliá Hotels International, “of all of our brands, Innside by Meliá is the one that has had the highest growth over the last five years, at the same time becoming increasingly international thanks to its customer value proposition and high profitability. That is also the reason it is attracting investors and hotel owners all over the world. In particular, we are very confident that the Innside Liverpool will be an attractive new option for the city, and we feel very comfortable with the partnership with Trinity Mirror plc. We share values with them such as our focus on innovation and excellence.”

The Gibson Hotel, which is on sale for over €87 million, is expected to attract considerable interest in investment.
The Gibson Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

The volume of real estate investment in Spain broke records once again in 2017, closing the year at €13.989 billion, up by 45% compared to 2016, according to data from the international real estate consultancy JLL. And investors were not averse to any of the market segments, although two really stood out in 2017. On the one hand, the retail sector (stores and shopping centres), which saw investment of €3.909 billion, up by 31% compared to 2016 – that represents a historical figure thanks to the 35 operations that were closed during the year. And on the other hand, investment in hotels, which increased by 75% with respect to 2016.

Not even the political crisis in Cataluña deterred hotel investment from beating its own record by the end of 2017, with investment of €3.907 billion, representing an increase of 79% with respect to 2016 and comfortably exceeding the historical record set in 2015, when investment amounted to €2.614 billion, according to the study of this market conducted by the consultancy firm Irea. And that despite the slowdown in Cataluña, where no transactions have been closed since the referendum was held on 1 October. Nevertheless, “the impact of the uncertainty in Cataluña will make it hard for the investment data seen in 2017 to be repeated”, says Miguel Vázquez, Partner in the firm’s Hotels division.

For the time being, the incessant arrival of tourists in Spain (the country welcomed more than 82 million foreign visitors in 2017, almost 10% more than in 2016) is continuing to spark investor interest. In fact, in 2017, investment in holiday hotels comfortably exceeded financing in the urban segment (69% vs 31%), rebalancing the trend seen in 2014 and 2015.

Moreover, destinations that had remained quiet following the crisis were revived. Málaga rejoined the list of investors’ preferred destinations, accounting for 15% of total investment with 18 transactions amounting to €516 million. The Canary Islands retained its position as the favourite investment destination, accounting for €939 million of investment, representing 27% of the total volume. Madrid was the main destination for urban investment once again, with €637 million (including existing hotels and the acquisition of properties to convert them into hotels), ahead of Barcelona, which recorded €422 million.

Last year in Spain, 182 hotels were sold, containing 28,813 rooms, compared with 147 hotels and 21,646 rooms in 2016. That represented an increase not only in terms of the number of assets but also in the average price paid per room, which amounted to around €119,000, approximately 30% higher than the average price paid in 2016. In 2017, conversion projects and transactions involving land for the construction of hotels recorded a combined investment volume of €478 million, representing an increase of 139.8% compared to 2016, according to Vázquez.

Offices and residential assets

Offices were the third favourite assets for investors, accounting for investment worth €2.210 billion. Nevertheless, it was the only segment that recorded a decrease in absolute terms with respect to the prior year, with investment in this asset class falling by 20%. That reduction was driven by data in Madrid, given that investment in the Spanish capital fell by 38% with respect to the previous year – €1.374 billion – whilst in Barcelona, the investment volume amounted to €835 million, equivalent to an increase of 60%. Nevertheless, according to Borja Ortega, Director of Capital Markets at JLL, “that decrease was not due to a decline in investor interest, but rather a lack of product on the market and the fact that the previous two years saw record-breaking figures”.

Investment in land also stands out, since it amounted to a record volume of €109 million in Barcelona and €193 million in Madrid; moreover, that trend is expected to continue in 2018.

But it was investment in the residential sector – the purchase of entire buildings and land – that really soared in 2017. It amounted to €2.082 billion, which represented an increase of 160% with respect to the €802 million recorded in 2016. In Cataluña, residential investment amounted to 145% to reach €444 million.

Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Hotel Vienna Opens

Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Hotel Vienna Opens

Radisson Blu

Radisson Blu announced the opening of its second hotel in Vienna, Austria. The 233-room Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Hotel, Vienna, a rebranding of an existing hotel, opened its doors under a new umbrella to offer memorable and unique experiences that meet the promises of the iconic, stylish and sophisticated hotel brand. The hotel is located next to Schönbrunn Palace – one of the most important cultural and historical monuments in the country.

“The capital of Austria remains a focal market for our growth journey,” said Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “The additional hotel brings the group´s portfolio in Vienna to three hotels – two Radisson Blu properties and one Park Inn by Radisson – with nearly 500 rooms, and we will continue to look for further opportunities in this city alongside our franchise partner Austria Trend.”

The Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Hotel, Vienna, features 233 guest rooms, including 21 suites. Guests have an all-day restaurant and lobby bar, executive lounge, gym, sauna and relaxation area at their disposal. The property also features a ballroom, with more than 600m2 of space and a total capacity of 500 people, along with nine modern seminar rooms.

The Austria Trend Hotels, Austria’s largest hotel group, have already had a successful cooperation with the Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt in Salzburg since 2001.

“Our partnership with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, operator of Radisson Blu, in Salzburg has proven to be very positive; the figures are very satisfactory,” explained Martin Winkler, Spokesman of the Verkehrsbüro Group executive board. “Our aim is to strengthen the international position of the Hotel Park Royal Palace through the Radisson Blu brand.”

“Radisson Blu is an established and attractive hotel brand, for guests in the leisure and business segments, as well as those from the intercontinental overseas markets – especially from the USA and Asia,” added Andreas Berger, Managing Director of the Austria Trend Hotels. “The positioning of the Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Hotel, Vienna, as a leading international hotel in the immediate vicinity of Schönbrunn Palace will be strengthened through the cooperation.”

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Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has signed a franchise agreement with The Gantry Group, a joint venture between Black Friar Holdings and a £1.1bn institutional investor.

The London Gantry, an 18-storey Curio Collection by Hilton hotel with 285 guestrooms, will include extensive neighbourhood bar and restaurant spaces and an impressive sky bar with views across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and beyond to London’s dramatic skyline.

Rendering of the The London Gantry, Curio Collection by Hilton Hotel

The new hotel will be amongst the best-connected hotels in East London, situated opposite Stratford International Train Station, Westfield Stratford City shopping centre and within easy access of London’s Excel and O2 arenas.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton said: “Stratford is London’s fastest growing business and leisure district, and a major contributor to the capital’s economic growth, with 125,000 new jobs forecast to be created in East London by 2030.1

“The legacy of the 2012 Summer Olympics is evident, with world class facilities in transport, entertainment, shopping and sport, all within walking distance of The Gantry London.”

Launched in 2014, Curio Collection by Hilton is a collection of remarkable upper upscale hotels handpicked for their unique character and personality. The Gantry London will join two Curio Collection by Hilton hotels in London, the trading Trafalgar St. James, Curio Collection by Hiltonand Lincoln Plaza London, Curio Collection by Hilton, which is expected to open in 2018.

Warren Malschinger, director, The Gantry Group said: “The London Gantry will be our first project in partnership with Hilton and we are excited to add the Gantry to the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton.”

Design studios ICA were responsible for the iconic architectural interpretation of the project. Chris Fegan, Director, ICA said: “It was great to work closely with a client whose vision was to create a landmark hotel which had the local neighbourhood at its heart. By layering the heritage of Stratford into the design we feel that we have created something that is iconic and will be a unique experience for guests.”

This ethos is manifest in the welcoming feel of the Curio Collection by Hilton hotel’s entrance. A curved two-storey podium, formed by a comforting interplay of geometries, invites guests and the local community into the space. Above, the property achieves a singular building aesthetic, which manifests in a singular skin of copper coloured fins. These fins allow the hotel’s appearance to change and morph throughout the day and into the night as light and shadow shift and vary.

The interior will celebrate the contrast of raw vs luxurious and hard vs soft. A reclaimed chandelier mixed with velvet clad furniture offers a decadent touch of old glamour against the new structure. The grandeur of the space breaks down into smaller intimate pockets, providing a personal check in experience or a quiet corner to enjoy a chance encounter, with hints to Stratford’s forgotten industrial past represented in artwork and objects to intrigue the Curious Traveller.

Warren Malschinger, said: “The £77m build contract has been awarded to Ardmore and we are delighted that work is now underway on the project. Ardmore’s record in the London hotel sector is second to none and we are pleased to bring their expertise to the project.”

James Byrne, director, Ardmore said: “We are thrilled to have been selected for this landmark hotel. We’re pleased to be adding The London Gantry, Curio Collection by Hilton to a portfolio that contains The Ned at Poultry, the Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square and Corinthia London.”

The Gantry London, Curio Collection by Hilton will be located on De Coubertin Street, London, E20 1AE.

yatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the opening of Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport, marking the introduction of the Hyatt Place brand to Germany.
Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport Hotel - Lobby

Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport Hotel Opens

Hyatt Place

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the opening of Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport, marking the introduction of the Hyatt Place brand to Germany. Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport joins six Hyatt Place hotels across Europe, including Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport, Hyatt Place West London/Hayes, Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport, Hyatt Place Jermuk, and Hyatt Place Yerevan. The growth of the Hyatt Place brand in Europe highlights the growing importance of Hyatt’s select service properties across the region.

The Hyatt Place brand is rooted in extensive consumer insights indicating that guests seek stylish, comfortable, seamless experiences that accommodate their lifestyles and familiar routines. To embody this, the brand offers casual hospitality and purposeful service in a smartly designed, high-tech and contemporary environment.

“We are delighted to welcome guests to Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport,” said Ines Bruenn, General Manager of Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport. “The hotel has been designed specifically with our guests in mind, blending comfort with convenience. Our guests are constantly on the move, and we want to make sure our multitasking guests can easily accomplish what they need to do while on the road. We are confident that Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport will help make our guests’ journey easier, more productive and successful.”

Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport is part of the established Gateway Gardens business quarter, just a few minutes walk from Frankfurt Airport and a 10-minute rail journey from Frankfurt’s bustling city center. Its prime location and excellent transport links mean the hotel is within easy reach of the wider Rhine-Main Region, including the cities of Mainz and Wiesbaden.

Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport offers:

  • 312 spacious rooms, fit with a Cozy Corner and sofa-sleeper. The rooms also include the signature Hyatt Grand Bed, luxury bath toiletries and hi-tech amenities, including a 42” flat screen TV, to guarantee the optimum comfort for guests
  • Free Wi-Fi and remote printing throughout the hotel and guestrooms
  • Gallery Kitchen Breakfast, a hot breakfast for guests available daily in the Gallery Kitchen, features hot breakfast items, fresh fruit, steel cut oatmeal, Greek yogurt, and more
  • Zoom Glocal Dining, welcomes guests for both lunch and dinner and features a combination local and worldly dishes
  • 24/7 Gallery Market, offering perfectly packed grab-and-go items, ranging from freshly prepared snacks and sandwiches to salads and pastries
  • Coffee to Cocktails Bar, which serves a variety of specialty hot beverages as well as premium beers, wines and cocktails
  • 24/7 Gym featuring Life Fitness machines, free weights and exercise balls for those who want to keep up their workout regimes
  • 24/7 Business Center to cater to guests with demanding schedules
  • Meeting Spaces offer more than 3,000 square feet (300 square meters) of flexible meeting and event space

Investments in commercial real estate in Portugal grew by 50% in 2017 compared to the previous year, to 1.9 billion euros, the consulting firm JLL reported, based on calculations gleaned from preliminary data.

The retail markets accounted for 37% of the investment, while the offices had a 33% weight and the industrial / logistics sector took up 17%, with the latter benefiting from the “biggest deal of the year: the purchase of the Logicor portfolio for a value between 250 to 270 million euros.”

In retail, the highlights were the purchase of Forum Coimbra, and Forum Viseu (200-230 million euros) and Vila do Conde Outlet (130-140 million euros). 84 new street stores were opened in Lisbon, while two new shopping centres were inaugurated in Portugal (Évora Shopping and MAR Shopping Algarve).

In the prime area of Lisbon (Chiado), rents increased by 8% to 130 euros/sqm/month; in the Baixa, rents increased 17% to 105 euros/sqm/month. On the Avenida da Liberdade, the cost of rent fell about 5% to 85 euros/sqm/month, while in Porto, costs on Santa Catarina street plateaued at 60 euros/sqm/month.

In the office market, the most significant deals of the year included the sale of the Silcoge portfolio (140-150 million euros) and the Entreposto building (65 million euros).

The annual take-up should reach a volume of 165,000 to 170,000 sqm or between 15% and 20% more than the 141,000 sqm taken in 2016 and reaching the highest point of the last nine years. The consultancy also highlighted the 40 operations with areas having more than 1,000 sqm.

“Rents, which had remained unchanged in recent years, grew by around 5%, with the prime value now being standing at 20 euros/sqm/month. Over the next two years, roughly 105,000 sqm of new offices are planned in Lisbon, in a market where the demand for large areas and coworking spaces tends to increase,” the statement added.

With an average growth of around 20% in the number of homes sold and an average price increase of approximately 11%, the premium residential market remains one of the most dynamic. It has, on average, experienced price increases of 10% to 20% in the main areas of Lisbon, with some regions showing increases of over 30%.”

The average sales price in the premium segment is hovering around €630,000 in Lisbon. JLL’s sample of transactions also indicates that “Portuguese and foreign national are equally represented in the transactions (50% each), although there is a clear diversification of the buyers, with about 50 nationalities buying houses in Lisbon throughout 2017.”

In the hotel sector, only 11 new units were opened in Lisbon, while the volume of investment in assets in the country exceeded €100 million.

“The investment in new hotels remains very active, with planned openings that include 18 new units in Lisbon (1,700 rooms) and 19 in Porto (1,300 rooms) in 2018,” the consultancy reported.

Pedro Lancastre, JLL Portugal’s general director, noted that 2017 was a “spectacular year”, for growth.

“Regarding investment and the activity in the sales and leasing of offices, housing and hotels, we achieved business volumes and growth in prices that exceeded all previous highs for the market. It is sustained and sustainable growth, as the sources of demand are much more diversified and Portugal’s position in attracting international capital is not cyclical,” he added in a statement.

As it celebrated 20 years of operations in Portugal, JLL announced that it was having “its best year ever in the country, as turnover grew by 60% over the previous year.”

Thus, this “exceptional year” “also reflects the favourable and surprisingly positive economic scenario.” “The combination of these factors has boosted economic growth, international confidence, financing and investment,” he added.

Speaking about the perspectives for the new year, Mr Lancastre said that “at least, it will keep in line with 2017”, since the “high levels” of international interest should continue as “at the same time, the Portuguese are becoming more active.”

Demand will be broader in scope, extending beyond Lisbon, Porto and Algarve and a “greater ease of financing will also help to strengthen the markets in both investment and occupation.”

“The big challenge will be to boost the development of both new housing and offices, since the quantity of available, high-quality stock that can address the needs of the various types of demand is beginning to dry up, limiting the market’s growth,” he said.

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As of 1 January, the Jaz Stuttgart has begun to welcome its first guests. After a successful launch in Amsterdam, the Jaz in the City brand is now celebrating its debut in Germany.
Rendering of the Jaz Stuttgart Hotel

Jaz Stuttgart Hotel Opens in Germany

Deutsche Hospitality

As of 1 January, the Jaz Stuttgart has begun to welcome its first guests. After a successful launch in Amsterdam, the Jaz in the City brand is now celebrating its debut in Germany – hip, casual, trendy and offering a local touch. Jaz in the City is in tune with the times and reflects urban attitudes. It provides inspiration, stimulation and entertainment and fires the enthusiasm in many ways.

Jaz in the City is more than just a brand. This is a lifestyle which is truly tangible in every one of the 166 rooms and suites at the new hotel. A smart TV, a yoga kit and state-of-the-art technology are amongst the facilities featured in all rooms. “Check in quicker, enjoy the experience earlier,” is the motto. Hotel bookings, the stay itself, the check-in and check-out process and the payment procedure all been have digitalised. This enables guests to use their smart phone as a reception service and a room key. Digitalised accommodation creates more time to get out and explore.

The Jaz Stuttgart makes clever use of its showcase location in the “Cloud No 7” residential and hotel tower, which has established itself as a new landmark within the city’s Europa Quarter. Together, Cloud No 7 and Jaz in the City symbolise the spirit of Stuttgart. This is the perfect venue from which to embark on a tour of discovery of Swabia’s major metropolis.

It’s all about Music, and indeed music is an essential component of the brand. It can be heard, seen and experienced across every area of the hotel. The “Rhythms Bar + Kitchen” is a concept which delivers exactly what its title suggests. A highly creative menu contains both traditionally influenced and more urbane dishes which are prepared using local produce. Live acts, concerts and spontaneous sessions are also all part of the programme. Jaz draws upon the local music and cultural scene and brings artists and their works into the hotel itself. Changing exhibitions decorate the public areas and walls. The Cloud No 7 Bar & Lounge on the roof of the main building is the ideal place in which to unwind over a cool drink and soak up the easy going atmosphere. Breathtaking views out over Stuttgart are included in the price.

Three conference rooms (“The Base”) offering the very latest presentation technology are sure to be a great hit with business guests. There are also two board rooms on the sixth floor. A health and beauty spa area boasting gym equipment, a sauna, a steam bath and a relaxation zone supplies the perfect place to unwind at the end of a busy day.

Hasan Yigit, Vice President of Jaz Hotels, expressed his delight at the opening of the new hotel. “The Jaz Stuttgart reflects the Swabian metropolitan lifestyle. It is chic and modern, and every detail of design, catering and entertainment is imbued with the local DNA. This enables us to appeal both to hotel guests and to the indigenous population. The Jaz Stuttgart has everything it takes to become the new hot spot in the city.”

The largest real estate operation in Europe is going to also bring with it the largest financing deal the sector has seen in recent times. The sale of €30 billion in Banco Popular assets that Banco Santander agreed with Blackstone last summer is going to mark another milestone in January when the two partners plan to close a mega-loan amounting to €7 billion.

This debt will be assumed by the joint venture created ad hoc to buy the portfolio of assets. It promises to be backed not only by Spanish entities but also by large international investment banks and funds that invest in debt, some of which may include entities owned by Blackstone. According to sources familiar with the operation, the net value of the assets amounts to around €10 billion.

To finance that property portfolio, the liability structure of the new company (the assets and liabilities of which will be equal by definition) will consist of 30% capital and 70% debt. Given that Blackstone is going to control 51% of the share capital and Santander 49%, each shareholder will have to contribute around €1.5 billion to the vehicle (the former will have to contribute slightly more given its slightly larger stake), whilst the remainder of the joint venture’s balance sheet will comprise the aforementioned €7 billion in debt that is expected to be signed this month.

The fact that the joint venture is going to have such a high percentage of debt allows the return on capital to increase: the lower that is, the greater the return with the same profits. That is what is called leverage and it is normal for it to be even higher in vehicles of this kind. By way of example, Sareb (the semi-public bad bank that absorbed the properties of the rescued savings banks) comprises 90% debt and just 10% capital.

Santander deconsolidates Popular’s real estate

After increasing the provisions against this portfolio to 63% in the case of foreclosed assets and to 75% in the case of the loans, the net valuation of all of the toxic real estate that the new company will own amounts to €9.7 billion. To that figure, we have to add the final valuation of Aliseda, the former real estate manager of Banco Popular, which also formed part of the operation. Almost half of the assets sold are land (€12.6 billion gross), followed by residential (€8 billion), retail (€2.1 billion), industrial warehouses (€1.5 billion) and hotels (€0.8 billion), as well as €4.9 billion split between offices, garages and other types of real estate assets.

This company was created because Santander wanted to remove (deconsolidate) Popular’s real estate from its balance sheet after it purchased the entity in June. It could have sold it in its entirety, but it chose to create a vehicle in which the majority was held by another shareholder – Blackstone, which fought off Lone Star and Apollo to win the auction and pay €5.1 billion – and retain a 49% stake. In this way, it will be able to obtain additional profits if the recovery continues in the real estate market and the company sells the assets for more than their current value. For the time being, it will have to inject the aforementioned share capital, amounting to €1.5 billion.

Although the small print of the conditions associated with this financing still needs to be confirmed, the deal underlines the growing business that is currently being seen in terms of real estate loans and debt funds. In the last month alone, Metrovacesa has closed a loan for €275 million and Testa has raised €800 million with the bonus of not having to mortgage any of its buildings.



Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced Shangri-La Hotel, Jinan, its third hotel in Shangdong Province, soft opened earlier this month.  Considered to be one of the origins of Chinese civilization, Shandong has emerged as one of the biggest industrial producers and among the top manufacturing provinces in China since its storied history began over 5,000 years ago.

In celebration,  Shangri-La Hotel, Jinan is offering an introductory rate from RMB760 for a Deluxe Room.  Valid from now until 31 March 2018, the offer includes breakfast buffet for two persons and is subject to 10 per cent service charge and Value Added Tax.

Shangri-La Hotel Jinan - Exterior

Located within Jinan’s central business district, the 20-storey Shangri-La Hotel, Jinan is part of a multi-use complex opening in Q1 of 2018 that will feature an office tower and shopping mall.  Beyond the hotel, guests can explore Jinan’s natural beauty which has earned the city the reputation of a ‘Spring City’.  With no less than 72 artesian springs, the Baotu Spring is revered as the “Number One Spring under the Heaven” and a short walk from Shangri-La Hotel, Jinan.

Other popular attractions nearby include the Five-Dragon Pond, Black Tiger Spring, Daming Lake and shopping at Kuan Hou Li.  The Jinan Station and Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport is 20 minutes and 40 minutes away by car respectively.

Known for creating a sense of place, Shangri-La drew design inspiration for the hotel from the Baotou Spring Park to illustrate the times when Jinan city developed around the lake and surrounding gardens, infusing public spaces with a blend of traditional elements and modern Chinese architecture.

A total of 364 rooms and 32 serviced apartments overlook Jinan’s landmark Quancheng Square or the Daming Lake.  All guestrooms are adorned with impressions of the lotus flower – the symbolic flower of  Jinan – and equipped with an air purification system, complimentary Wi-Fi, a pillow menu, and a deluxe bathroom with luxury amenities.  Each apartment is fully furnished with a kitchen.

Shangri-La Hotel, Jinan offers two distinctive dining outlets.  Café Spring – an all-day-dining restaurant featuring an a la carte menu and buffet stations, as well as local and Shandong specialities – is outfitted in curved timber panels and ripple-like patterns in honour of the namesake city.

At the Lobby Lounge, guests pass through a moon gate and Chinese garden to be welcomed by expansive 13-metre tall windows overlooking Quancheng Square.  Here, diners can indulge in light refreshments, themed afternoon tea sets, signature dishes, cocktails and tea.

The Health Club and Spa located on the fifth floor provides impressive health and wellness facilities, including a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a 25-metre indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath and spa.

Shangri-La Hotel, Jinan’s extensive meeting and banqueting facilities encompass over 3,200 square meters.  The eight-metre-high, pillarless Qilu Grand Ballroom accommodates 1,000 guests for a reception and spans 1,368 square metres.  It is divisible into three smaller ballrooms and accesses an outdoor terrace.  A second ballroom, at 480 square metres, and 10 function rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology.  In addition, the hotel provides couples with one-stop wedding experiences through Shangri-La’s Signature Weddings programme.