Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London
Hamish Kilburn pokes his head in the clouds at The Shard to experience the Shangri-La London’s three-new signature suites…
On May 2015, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London unveiled its three Signature Suites.
All three Signature Suites each enjoys its own unique layout, although all combine the formal elegance of Shangri-La’s Asian heritage with the innovation of The Shard’s architecture through a richness of precious details and an expanse of natural light. Among the latest suites to open is the Shangri-La Suite, a 188-square-metre abode that resides on Level 39 of Renzo Piano’s iconic skyscraper, The Shard. Guests experiencing the one-bedroom jewel will enjoy access via a private lift, 24-hour personal butler service, private chauffeur service, sumptuous living areas with entirely custom-designed furniture and 180-degree views of London’s iconic landmarks from one of the capital’s most rare addresses.
The prestigious Shangri-La Suite, designed by Francesca Muzio and Maria Silvia Orlandini, co-founders of lauded Italian design atelier FM – Architettura d’Interni Studio features exquisite custom-made furniture and high-grade silk wallpaper in a refined palette of champagne, citrine and bronze. It also boasts the specially designed Shangri-La Bed featuring patented body-contouring technology and fitted with Frette 1,000-threadcount linen; a grand marble-clad bathroom with integrated television and mirror screens, an expansive walk-in dressing chamber, fine crystal glassware and a well-equipped private pantry, allowing for Shangri-La’s Dine by Design dining experience. The suite may also be connected to an adjacent room, enabling its conversion into a two-bedroom suite with a total living space of 232 square metres.
Westminster Suite (125m2) and London Suite (117m2)
Two further sumptuous Signature Suites, also designed by FM – Architettura d’Interni Studio, The London Suite and the Westminster Suite are situated on levels 37 and 38, respectively.
The one-bedroom Westminster and London Suites boast panoramic views across London’s landmarks, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge. With expansive floor plans, the remaining two Signature Suites will also offer 24-hour personal butler service and a private chauffeur, as well as benefit from spacious bedrooms with walk-in dressing chambers, elegant powder rooms and private living and office spaces.
The atriums of the Westminster and London Suites boast handmade silk wallpaper incorporating an ink wash of geese motif derived from a famous tale of Chinese calligraphy, representing the beauty and serenity they experience from an infinite sky. Featuring an elegant and warm wood colour scheme, the Signature Suites emphasise tranquillity through mood lighting and an abundance of natural daylight. This colour palette and decorative theme continues throughout the hotel.
Added touches of refined contemporary indulgence, such as automatic climate control, which complements the buildings integrated sun-shielding, augmented reality features via iPad, state-of-the art Bose entertainment centres and 55” LED televisions, result in a truly extraordinary take on Shangri-La’s rich Asian heritage.