Christian Stan, at 30 Nov. 17, in City Hotels, News

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts celebrated the grand opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo earlier this month. The festivities signalled the city’s most highly anticipated hotel launch in nearly 30 years, and presented the best of Sri Lankan and Chinese culture through entertainment, gastronomy and a gala dinner at the hotel’s Shangri-La Ballroom – the largest pillarless ballroom in the region.

Located at the exclusive One Galle Face address, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo marks the group’s second foray into Sri Lanka – a year-round destination where beaches, heritage and cultural sites, nature and wildlife viewing are part of the unique island experiences.  Offering a new perspective of the city are the hotel’s 500 guestrooms and suites, and 41 serviced apartments with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, Beira Lake and the city skyline.

The modern guestrooms’ colour combination of teal and brown reflect their coastal surroundings.  Rooms range in size from 42 square metres to 210 square metres and are luxuriously styled in marble, silk and Sri Lankan touches to complement the magnificent vistas.

Positioned on the top three floors of the hotel are Horizon Club rooms, which include benefits such as in-room check-in and check-out, breakfast, cocktails, dedicated Club Concierge service and access to the Horizon Club Lounge on the 32nd floor – the city’s only exclusive lounge with views of the ocean.

Created to convey a sophisticated residence in the city, the hotel’s 34 suites each come with a personal butler and access to the Horizon Club Lounge.  The three, one-bedroom Specialty Suites overlook the Indian Ocean, while the Shangri-La Suite is the largest, at 210 square metres, with three bedrooms and unparalleled sea views.

Set to enhance Colombo’s dining scene and offer guests a multi‐faceted lifestyle hotspot are the hotel’s six restaurants and bars.  Table One, named after the hotel’s prestigious address at One Galle Face, showcases interactive cooking stations uniquely themed around cooking techniques. Appointed with distinctive cinnamon stick detailing on the ceiling and tree inspired features, the dining space is open daily from morning to midnight.

The hotel is also home to Shangri-La’s renowned Shang Palace Chinese restaurant, which is decoratively inspired by China’s traditional Siheyuan houses and features old wooden beams that were once part of these historical residences.  Taking centre stage in the restaurant is a custom-made duck oven where all duck orders are wood-fired then carved table-side.  In addition to a curated menu of traditional cuisine from Sichuan, Dongbei and Canton, Shang Palace also boasts an open dim sum kitchen, a market style crab kitchen and private dining room.

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