Marriott’s lifestyle brand, Renaissance Hotels, plans to launch its sixth property in Shanghai around mid-year. Though it’s located in a business park (the Caohejing Hi-Tech park), the Renaissance Shanghai Caohejing should work from a leisure standpoint as well, putting visitors within a stroll of a metro station and three stops from the Xujiahui district. The latter is noted for its shopping (especially for electronics products), nightlife, a park, and cultural attractions like its old cathedral and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
The hotel has 350-plus rooms and suites with LCD TVs and iPod docking stations, over a dozen meeting rooms, and a 25th-floor lounge with panoramic views of Shanghai. Dining options include Wan Li, a modern Cantonese restaurant; Smoki Moto, a Korean barbecue with a Japanese twist; and BLD Cafe, an all-day buffet.
Marriott International is expanding rapidly in China. This year it’s signed deals for over two dozen additional hotels to join its portfolio in the country. In Shanghai it has 18 properties, with five more expected to open in the next five years.