Hong Kong-based, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts are opening a new property in the centre of Qufu, near the birthplace of famous philosopher Confucius. Debuting this August, the new Shangri-La Hotel Qufu will be incorporating luxurious modern designs and amenities with traditional Chinese style and architecture. The hotel’s façade has been designed to resemble a traditional Chinese pavilion, with roofs topped by grey tiers of flying eaves. Shangri-La Hotel Qufu offers 211 spacious guestrooms with views of the Yi River, the old city wall, palaces of the Temple of Confucius or the hotel’s lush gardens. The property will be the city’s first international luxury accommodation.
Hierarchy and harmony are conveyed in the Shangri-La Hotel Qufu’s dramatic lobby, where sleek symmetry and Chinese patterns, repeated in ceiling reliefs and on marble floors, capture a mood of harmonious elegance. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by the sight of two full-grown trees planted in the middle of the lobby, where natural daylight streams in from a glass roof. The trees are surrounded by a carpet of grass, marble seats and dark wood columns. The vast lobby features an 8.5-metre-high ceiling with oversized lantern-shaped light fixtures and windows overlooking lush greenery and garden pavilions. www.shangri-la.com/qufu/shangrila/