By Andy Sambidge
Hotel operator unveils 21st floor of Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai which includes premium butler services
Dubai-based hotel operator Jumeirah has unveiled a new level of exclusive comfort with the unveiling of its premium butler services and impressive new club floor at its Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai.
Located on the penthouse's 21st floor of the Pudong landmark, the club floor features seven club suites including five duplex suites, a club lounge, two exclusive meeting rooms, plus a private rooftop feng shui garden. There is also a dedicated reception.
Accessed via a dedicated elevator from the lobby, the 21st floor is inspired by a Chinese palace garden, with 'garden corridors' lined with polished wood columns and topped with a classic timber-beam peaked roof. Green shrubs, contemporary lanterns and Shanghai grey-brick pavers enhance the garden feel.
The club floor also features a large collection of contemporary Chinese art with a nature theme, with works by well-known Chinese artists, such as Yao Jin Faand Qiu Zhi Jie on sale.
Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai's new duplex suites are located on the 21st floor, including four one-bedroom Infinity Suites covering 138 sq m each, and a 310 sq m two-bedroom Chairman's Suite.
Jumeirah said its personalised butler service is unique in the Shanghai market. From pre-arrival to departure, guests are looked after day and night, all requests are handled quickly and service is tailored to the individual.
Jumeirah Group currently operates 22 luxury hotels and serviced apartments, including 11 in the Gulf region, eight in Europe and three in Asia. A further 17 hotels are now under development.
Last month, Jumeirah announced that it has seen "strong occupancy" during the first quarter of 2014, building on what it has called a "stellar year" in 2013.
Jumeirah Group reported that consolidated group revenues grew by 8 percent in 2013 while total revenues under management went up by 11 percent.
In 2013, occupancy and average room rates across the company's owned and leased portfolio grew by five percent.
During 2013, Jumeirah Group signed management agreements to operate a hotel in St Petersburg, Russia, and two hotels in a luxury resort on the coast of Oman, near Muscat. Both are scheduled to open in 2016.
The company also signed a series of letters of understanding in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe during 2013 which are expected to mature into management agreements in 2014 to add to an already robust pipeline of new developments.