The Grand Hyatt, Shanghai towers over most other buildings in this most frenetic and fashionable of Asian cities so it is perhaps fitting that the five-star Grand Hyatt took out the Best Overall Hotel Award in our Business Hotels of Asia annual competition for 2003.
To help celebrate their win, as well as five years of operation and steady growth, the Grand Hyatt, Shanghai hosted what they described as, "an indulgent evening in the Grand Ballroom to thank over 300 friends and supporters".
Themed "The Art of Hospitality" hotel staff created an evening aimed at expressing the artistic touch they say is often required in the management of a deluxe five-star hotel.
The evening was made particularly special thanks to the cooperation of ShangArt gallery, which provided over 30 art pieces for display around the ballroom from contemporary Chinese artists including Ding Yi, Yang Mian, Shen Fan, Song Tao, Artists-Zeng Fan-Zhi, Xiang Li-Qing, Pu Jie and Xue Song.
A 40 metre timeline led to the ballroom, graphically displaying some of the most significant moments along the journey from planning to building the Jin Mao Tower and the hotel.
The evening began with the hotel's general manager, Edward Tai, receiving Grand Hyatt Shanghai's award as Best Business Hotel in Asia 2003, voted by CNBC and readers of Business Asia magazine. The awards, now in their sixth year, have become one of the most sought after prizes in the highly competitive Asia Pacific hotel industry. Developed and produced by Business Asia magazine in conjunction with CNBC Asia, the 2003 awards involved over 85 hotels in 14 countries in the Asia Pacific region with winners selected after nominees were put to a popular vote. This year saw the competition register the highest number of votes in the history of the event, with almost 17,000 registered votes from all over the globe.
Not too surprisingly, the evening of celebration developed into an entertainment extravaganza of music, lights and art.
First up was "What a Feeling", a group of five ladies playing chinese instruments with what can only be described as gusto? This was followed by opera singer Ms Hang Hong Yao singing arias from the opera Carmen. Later the hotel's chefs took to the stage and made their own finely choreographed rendition of a dance and rhythm extraodinaire!
Famous Hong Kong designer Alan Chan also took to the stage, captivating guests with his design insights, in particular those gleaned from his many hospitality-related projects (restaurants, bars, spas) in China and around Asia.
8 Whiteman St Southbank, Melbourne Australia,
Ph: +613 9292 6666 Fax: +61 9282 6600,
The Crown Towers is ideally situated on Melbourne's Yarra River at Southbank, making the city's CBD and entertainment areas only minutes away. The hotel features 484 oversized guest rooms, including 84 suites and villas.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SYDNEY
199 George St, Sydney Australia,
Ph: +612 9238 0000, Fax: +612 9251 285 1.
Situated minutes away from Sydney's historic Rocks district and just down the road tram the CBD. the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is in an ideal location for both business and leisure travellers The hotel has 531 rooms and suites.
GRAND HYATT MELBOURNE
123 Collins Street, Melbourne Australia,
Ph: +613 9657 1234, Fax: +613 9650 349h
Located in busy Collins St, the art and shopping heart of Melbourne, the Grand Hyatt Melbourne features 521 guest rooms with 18 surges, four deluxe suites, three diplomatic suites and one presidential suite Each room has three dual line direct dial telephones.
PARK HYATT MELBOURNE
1 Parliament Square, Melbourne Australia,
Ph: +613 9224 1234, Fax: +613 0224 1200,
The Park Hyatt wears its sophistication on its sleeve with specially commissioned contemporary artworks displayed throughout the hotel. Located at the top of Collins St (opposite St Patrick's Cathedral) it has 260 rooms including 26 Regency Club rooms and 14 Recency Club studios.
PARK HYATT SYDNEY
7 Hickson Road, Sydney Australia,
Ph: +612 9241 1234, Fax: +612 9256 1555,
Those wanting gloat views of Sydney won't find much better than those offered at the Park Hyatt Sydney, Placed at the water's edge of the harbour, the hotel's 158 rooms and suites have views of the city skyline, the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, SYDNEY
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney
Australia, www.shangri-la.com,Tel: (61-2) 9250
6000, Fax: (61-2) 9250 6250
The hotel is perfectly positioned between the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge where guests can enjoy the Sydney experience in comfort and style that is unmistakably five star" in an area that offers shopping and a wide variety of restaurants pubs and bars.
THE WESTIN MELBOURNE
205 Collins Street, Melbourne Australia,
Ph: +613 9635 2222, Fax: +613 9635 2333,
All of the Westin Melbourne's 262 rooms have been designed with simplicity and elegance. With a choice of king, queen or twin-sized beds, the Westin rooms feature an extra large bath with separate shower. Superior rooms have bay windows overlooking St Paul's Cathedral.
THE WESTIN SYDNEY
No 1 Martin Place, Sydney Australia.
Ph: +612 8223 1111, Fax: +612 8223 1222.
The Westin Sydney. located between George and Pitt St, is in the heart of Sydneys CBD and shopping areas. The hotel has two wings--the Tower Building and the Heritage Wing--which offer guests a distinctive style of accommodation.
W HOTEL SYDNEY
6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo
Sydney, Australia, Ph: +612 9331 9000
Fax: +612 9331 9031, www.whotels.com
W Hotel Sydney is built within a historic wharf building, and combines old industrial charm with the best modern luxury can provide. Situated in Woolloomooloo amidst a luxury marina and entertainment complex, the hotel's 104 rooms come in a variety of sizes.
CHINA WORLD HOTEL, BEIJING
1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Beijing 100004
China, Ph: +8610 6505 2266,
Fax: +8610 65050828, www.shangri-la.com
Part of the World trade Centre the China World Hotel is in the heart of the diplomatic and financial district. near the Forbidden City. Its unique location means the hotel can offer access to extensive conference and exhibition facilities.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SHANGHAI
500 Weihai Road, Shanghai China, Ph +8621 6256
8888, Fax: +8621 6256 5678, www.fourseasons.com
Located in bustling downtown Shanghai, the Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai is only a short distance from the shopping, entertainment and business areas of Nanjing and Huaihai Road. The 37-storey hotel includes 439 rooms and suites.
GRAND HYATT SHANGHAI
Jin MaD Tower, 88 Century Boulevard. Pudong,
Shanghai China. Ph: +8621 5049 12341 Fax: +8621
5049 1111, www.shanghai.grand.hyatt.com
Laying claim to the title of "the highest hotel in the World", the Grand Hyatt Shanghai takes up the 53rd to 87th floors of the Jin Mao Tower in the financial and business distinct. Pudong As a result, the 555 guest rooms and suites offer spectacular views.
THE KERRY CENTRE HOTEL, BEIJING
1 Guang Hua Road, Beijing China, Ph: +8610 6561
8833, Fax: +8610 658t 2626, www.shangri-la.com
The Kerry Centre Hotel is situated in the Chaoyang district of Beijing placing it in the heart of the city's diplomatic, commercial and financial centre Boasting modern, stylish ambience, the hotel's 487 rooms are all of a contemporary design.
THE PALACE HOTEL BEIJING
8 Goldfish Lane, Wangfujing, Beijing China, Ph: +8610
6559 2888. Fax: +8610 6512 9050, Toll free: 10 800
852 0492, www.fasttrack.beijing.peninsula.com
In the centre of the city. The Palace Hotel Beijing has 530 guest rooms and suites. The hotel is well set up to cater for the business traveller and business events. There are seven function rooms including the Crystal Ballroom, which accommodates up to 600 guests.
THE PORTMAN RITZ-CARLTON, SHANGHAI
Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, Shanghai
China, Ph: +8621 6279 8888, Fax: +8621 6279 8800,
Reigning holder of the Overall Best Business Hotel in Asia, The Portman Ritz-Carlton, is the focal point of the Shanghai Centre, and is part of a fetal, dining and entertainment complex on the famous Nanjing Xi Lu in the heart of the city.
THE ST REGIS BEIJING
21 JianGuomenwai Dajie, Beijing China,
Ph: +8610 6460 6688, Fax: +8610 6460 3299,
Tradition and luxury are the cornersstones of The St Regis, located on the historic site of the Beijing International Club in the city's diplomatic district Government officials and foreign dignitaries are included in the regular guest list, making the most of the 273 elegant rooms.
THE ST REGIS SHANGHAI
889 Dong Fang Road, Pudong District,
Shanghai China, Ph: +8621 5050 4567,
Fax: +8621 6875 6789. www.starwood.com/stregis
The modern and sleek The St Regis Shanghai can be found in the heart of the city's financial district and is close to cultural attractions and convention centres. The 318 guest rooms and suites are serviced by a 24-hour butler service and there's also a 24-hour business centre.
CONRAD HONG KONG
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong,
Ph: +852 2521 3838, Fax: +852 2521 3888,
The Conrad Hang Kong rises 61 floors above the Pacific Place Shopping Centre. In the heart of the city's business district. The 513 rooms, including 46 suites offer vistas of the city, Victoria Peak or Hong Kong Harbour.
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1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong,
Ph: +852 2588 1234, Fax: +852 2802 0677,
Hyatt International's flagship hotel is positioned in the heart of the city, with views of Victoria Harbour. More than 70 per cent of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong's 556 rooms and suites command this spectacular outlook.
INTERCONTINENTAL HONG KONG
18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon Hong Kong,
Ph: +852 2721 1211, Fax: 852 2739 4546,
More than two thirds and all of the 92 suites, boast views over Victoria Harbour and to Hong...