Bellagio debuts in Shanghai

Suning Real Estate – a subsidiary of Suning Holdings Group – has announced plans with MGM to open Bellagio Shanghai. Located on the banks of the Suzhou River, the art-deco inspired hotel features views of the Pudong skyline, the Bund’s waterfront promenade and the Lujiazui financial district, while nearby is Nanjing Road and China’s tallest building – the 632 metre tall Shanghai Tower.

Among the design highlights is a four-storey atrium fitted with LED screens, creating a mirage of the world-famous fountain in front of its Las Vegas sibling.

Zhang Jindong, Chairman of Suning Holdings Group, says: “Bringing the Bellagio to China demonstrates Suning’s expertise and ambition not only in general retail commerce but also to create the unique experience for consumers by providing more trendy and high-end products and services through partnership with the world’s most distinguished brands.”

Suning has large ambitions for the high-end consumption development in China. For the hotel scene the real estate group of Suning is aiming to open 100 more luxury hotels and become the country’s future flagship operator in the hospitality industry. Along with the Bellagio, the company has already opened dozens of high-end hotels in partnership with prestigious brands covering several 1st tier and 2nd tier cities of the country.

Reflecting the hotel’s location, interiors are sleek and sophisticated, with art-deco accents. The spacious guestrooms are the works of WATG and Wimberly Interiors, with some featuring expansive private terraces whilst others are tended to by personal butlers.

Mr. William M. Scott IV, President of MGM Asia Pacific, and Executive Director and General Manager of Diaoyutai MGM Hospitality, adds: “We bring in Bellagio with the soul and spirit from the legend’s beginning in Las Vegas. Now in Shanghai the guests could also experience the most unique and critical feel and flavour of Bellagio. It is achieved by the cooperation of MGM and Suning who are sharing the same commitment to highest quality and best services.”

Award-winning chef Julian Serrano has brought his Italian restaurant LAGO from Las Vegas to Bellagio Shanghai, promising guests modern flavours of Italy. For those wanting a more local flavour, the Mansion on One restaurant is devoted to Shanghai and Cantonese cuisine. Further highlights include a naturally-lit, pillar-free Grand Ballroom featuring a seven-metre high ceiling, as well as function, entertaining and meeting spaces, plus a luxuriously-appointed spa and fitness centre.

As the business owner of the Bellagio Shanghai, Suning Real Estate will oversee and co-manage the hotel’s operations alongside the Chinese arm of MGM Resorts International, Diaoyutai MGM Hospitality.