InterContinental builds first underground hotel

While I’ve stayed at the world’s two tallest hotels (Ritz Carlton Hong Kong and Park Hyatt Shanghai) and enjoyed the views, I’m equally intrigued by the prospect of staying at the world’s first underground InterContinental.

InterContinental is now working on construction for the new InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland, just 45km outside of Shanghai. It’s built in a 100 meter deep pit, and is projected to open in 2014 or 2015.

Check out the CNN Go article on it. In looking at the “before” picture and projected “after” picture, I’d be amazed if they manage to build this in 2-3 years without any major hurdles.

Anyone else going to make an effort to visit this place once it opens?

(Tip of the hat to David)

Comments

  1. Cool. Kinda gimmicky, but as long as they have a good minibar and Club lounge, I’ll be happy! šŸ˜‰

    I’m trying to stay in as many different ICs as possible (up to about 60). At the rate IC is opening new hotels in China, I think I’ll need to take month-long trip to China!

  2. Interesting way to repurpose an old quarry. And I have no doubt they’d be able to pull this off, the way they’re able to “utilize” the people there.

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