In a formerly abandoned rock quarry roughly 20 miles southwest
of the glitzy and affluent city of Shanghai, China, there is a
brand new hotel with a difference.
The property, dubbed the InterContinental
Shanghai Wonderland, is innovative and non-conventional. It’s
located inside a quarry, making it the world’s very first quarry
hotel following roughly a decade of construction, most of which
took place underground.
For years, luxury hotels have jockeyed to be bigger and taller,
offering their guests stunning aerial views of surrounding
countrysides and cities. While the InterContinental Shanghai
Wonderland is the first to occupy space in an actual former quarry,
it’s not the first of its kind to literally look down to find a
fact, the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland could be considered
part of an ongoing trend that sees hoteliers looking for bold new
locations. The Conrad Maldives
Rangali Island, for example, recently debuted an underwater
suite at its own property.
Still, the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is very much a
unique concept on its own merits. Built largely into the side of
the closed quarry, the Sheshan Mountain Range, the hotel features
336 rooms spread across 18 floors.
Of these floors, 16 are underground, with the bottom two floors
being submerged within a 33-foot deep aquarium. Guests in those
rooms have the pleasure of being able to watch fish swim by their
windows, all with a 24/7 butler service available to cater to them
— the guests, not the fish!
The hotel, which has been given the fun nickname of “the
earthscraper,” essentially replaces top lofty penthouse views
with the aquarium views. Other underground guests, meanwhile, the
ones who don’t have aquarium views, will have balcony views with
purpose-built waterfalls rolling down the quarry walls. The hotel
will also feature a glass-bottomed walkway that will allow guests
to explore the submerged areas further.
One more unique amenity is aimed at thrillseekers: bungee
jumping and rock climbing within the quarry.
Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway
More information on hotel projects in Shanghai can be found
in the TOPHOTELPROJECTS
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