Colombo, Nov 3 (newsin.asia) – The much awaited Shangri La Hotel in Colombo will open its doors to a world of luxury on November 17 when President Maithripala Sirisena will declare it open, hotel officials said.
The hotel which sits on a 10 acre land is currently applying its final touches with workers, mostly Chinese, working round the clock to have it ready before time.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe, government officials, politicians and industry leaders are some of the guests that are expected to be on the list of invitees, to watch the hotel’s grand opening by President Sirisena.
This landmark project is also expected to boost Sri Lanka’s tourism and attract larger crowds into capital Colombo including the business and MICE travelers.
The hotel will also soon accommodate an office tower, two residential buildings and a high-end shopping mall.
Shangri La Colombo consists of 541 rooms including 10 two bedroom apartments, 31 one bedroom apartments, 34 suites and 1 presidential suite. The apartment rooms include a kitchenette, a washing machine and several other luxury and basic amenities.
The rooms also provide the best view in Colombo, with their front rooms overlooking the Indian Ocean and their behind rooms over looking the Beira Lake and the beautiful Colombo city.
The hotel also includes some deluxe rooms designed especially for its customers with disabilities. Washrooms are equipped with all facilities for such customers so that the hotel caters to all segments of the public.
Each in house guest will also receive a customized service. For eg, if guests want groceries or any other items delivered to their room, in house staff will be available to do their shopping from local supermarkets and provide all the items required. Staff will also be available for any other assistance when required.
“Some of our local staff who have been selected to work at Shangri La Colombo have received training in other Shangri La hotels overseas. They have received special hospitality training,” Vice President and General Manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, Timothy Wright said.
So far Shangri La has hired 700 workers from Sri Lanka and will look to hire more.
The hotel will also include seven restaurants which includes the famous Shang Palace restaurant which serves some of the world’s best dim sum’s. Four of the most well experienced Chinese chefs will lead the kitchen in Shang Palace while their all day dining restaurant ‘Table One’ will serve a wide variety of cuisines from 6.30 am to 12 midnight. The Executive Chef, Paul, is one of the best Chefs. He originates from Germany.
“As tourist arrivals into the island have grown exponentially over the last eight years, Colombo has found its place as the gateway to all this amazing island has to offer,” Wright said.
“We aim to set new luxury hospitality standards in Colombo and seamlessly blend Shangri-La’s personalised hospitality with the much-loved traditional Sri-Lankan charm.”
“We want Sri Lanka to be proud of Shagri La”