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  • http://english.dbw.cn銆€銆€ 2012-10-15 09:47:29
     

    銆€銆€WHM Group, known for its upscale Chinese restaurants, is expanding into the hotel sector.

    銆€銆€Amid lush greenery, the WH Ming Hotel delivers authentic Shanghainese hospitality in a refined modern setting. Zhu Yile reports.

    銆€銆€The Shanghai-based WHM Group, known for its upscale Chinese restaurants, is expanding into the hotel sector with an exclusive five-star property on the Northeast Bund. The 188-room WH Ming hotel, named for the pinyin abbreviation of company founder Wang Huimin's name, aims to create an authentic Shanghai hospitality experience enriched with a contemporary flair.

    銆€銆€Billed as an "urban hideaway", the WH Ming stands on a sprawling 600,000-square-meter lot, a stone's throw from Huangxing Park. The hotel is designed to appeal to the senses of busy travelers and city residents looking for sanctuary in the heart of Shanghai, says Wang, a 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry.

    銆€銆€With most five-star hotels managed by American or European companies, Wang sought with the WH Ming Hotel to create a homegrown luxury hospitality experience.

    銆€銆€"I want to show the world that China can do it, too," she says.

    銆€銆€"With Frank Rudis, who has rich hotel management experience and can effectively implement my vision, as general manager, the WH Ming offers the very best of East and West."

    銆€銆€Rudi says: "Given Wang Huimin's deep understanding of the local market, I am optimistic about this distinctly Chinese luxury hotel."

    銆€銆€At the core of the WH Ming experience is the concept of "one night, two meals", which emerged in Asia during the 1990s and encompasses a delicious dinner, revitalizing sleep and exceptional breakfast.

    銆€銆€"It helps city dwellers recharge," says Wang. "Once they feel refreshed, they are glad to return to their fast-paced urban lifestyles."

    銆€銆€WH Ming, she says, has re-imagined the concept for contemporary Shanghai, featuring the city's eminent cuisine and serving it both in the hotel restaurant and on request in the rooms of guests.

    銆€銆€Guests can enjoy spa service at the hotel's Faye Spa Center. The 5,000-sq-m space covers three floors and includes 22 private spa suites equipped with a Jacuzzi.

    銆€銆€"We have created a spa experience that can be shared in a more communal space or experienced completely in private," Wang says.

    銆€銆€Long known for its rich restaurant portfolio, including Shanghai Min and Maison de L'Hui, WHM Group has incorporated that culinary experience into the hotel's fine selection of breakfast foods.

    銆€銆€"It is normal that people have a deep attachment to the food their mothers cooked for them when they were children. The hotel aims to bring that warm feeling of mom's home cooking to guests," she says.

    銆€銆€Meanwhile, interaction between the chef and guests makes for a lively atmosphere.

    銆€銆€One of the most unique aspects of the WH Ming Hotel is its "time tunnel", a mini-museum divided into different sections representing Shanghai's history from the Qing Dynasty until present-day. 3D video presentations on the walls depict scenes from each of the periods.

    銆€銆€Dubbed the Media Image Art Space, the time tunnel was created by Shanghai-born Chinese-American director Hu Xueyan in collaboration with Wang.

    銆€銆€The time-travel adventure illustrates the hotel's innovative approach to luxury hospitality, says Wang.

    銆€銆€"The tunnel is designed so that guests can eat food from the respective periods as they watch the video, to experience the culinary evolution of Shanghai," she says.

    銆€銆€At the end of the time tunnel is a green space filled with luxuriant plants representing a bright future. A special massage chair in this section is available to guests who wish to unwind.

    銆€銆€"It is a wonderful way to relax at the end of the journey," says Wang.

    Author锛? 銆€銆€銆€Source锛? China Daily 銆€銆€銆€ Editor锛? Wu Qiong
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