Hotel in Detail:The Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard London brings its own style of Asian service to London with a philosophy of respect, helpfulness, courtesy, sincerity and humility. Despite being in the middle floors of the Shard Skyscraper, the hotel actually has its own dedicated entrance at street level. The lobby is double height and offers fantastic views over London. Building design features include integrated sun-shielding.
Every bedroom has its own unique features and design and all come with floor-to-ceiling windows and amazing views. Guests benefit from the complimentary wireless Internet access (all too rare in 5 star hotels) and the Shangri-la hotels own body-contouring Shangri-La beds with 300 thread count Frette line. Bathrooms are marble and come with heated floors, walk-in shower and Acqua Di Parma toiletries.
Amenities in all rooms include automatic climate control, designer large screen LCD televisions, sound dock, binoculars (to make the most of the amazing views), hi-fi equipment, full size writing desk, direct dial phone (two lines) in-room safe, ironing board, minibar, Chinese tea set, Nespresso coffee machine, and a comprehensive range of business and communication features. Innovations include bedside controls for lighting, sun shielding panel and black-out shutters.
There are 17 suites including 2 specialty suites and a presidential suite and offer a glass-enclosed "wintergarden" balcony. All suites have their own butler service.
Superior Shard Rooms average 30 to 51 square metres / 322 to 548 square feet.
Deluxe bedrooms average 32 to 47 square metres / 344 to 505 square feet.
Premier bedroom average 47 to 58 square metres / 505 to 623 square feet.
Iconic bedrooms have 180 degree panoramic views. They average 43 to 60 square metres / 462 to 645 square feet.
Dining options will include a specialty restaurant, lobby lounge and bar, and "food theatre" Café with a choice of multiple cooking stations, combining international cuisine with a dash of drama.
LANG: In Chinese this means 'pathway', and is an artisan deli and cafe found on the ground floor. Serving in-house signature cakes, home-made chocolates and pastries as well as freshly prepared seasonal hampers, classic savouries and sandwiches for eat-in or take-away.
Open: 7.oo till 19.00 (Sunday and public holidays 8.00 till 14.00).
TING: From the Chinese word for 'living room', and takes in both the restaurant and lounge on level 35. Sitting an amazing 128 metres above ground level and not surprisingly offering amazing views out over London while you relax in the lounge or enjoy dinner. Serves contemporary European dishes with an Asian twist. Quality local produce is sourced where possible. The Chinoiserie interior captures the aura of Chinese culture in an elegant and modern interpretation featuring metal screens with oriental elements, modern classic furniture and lantern-inspired pendants.
TING lounge: Serves an a la carte menu also with an Asian slant. This is also where afternoon tea is served. Guests can choose from two options, a classically English experience or an Asian inspired alternative, both complemented by an exclusive selection of over 30 teas.
Restaurant and lounge open: 6.30 till 10.30, noon till 14.30, 18.00 till 23.00
Afternoon Tea 14.00 till 18.30 weekdays, from 11.30 weekends.
GONG Bar: The bar is located on the 52nd floor of The Shard which makes it Londons highest bar. The Name Gong is the Chinese word for 'dougong', - a unique structural element of interlocking wooden brackets, used in traditional Chinese architecture and also featured in the bar. The look and decor is typical stylish Asian. Made up from separate intimate chambers (Cocktail Bar, Champagne Bar and the infinity Swimming Pool), the interior is also reminiscent of the traditional boudoirs of the West. The swimming pool (called the Skypool) is the highest pool in Western Europe.
Open 17.00 till 02.00, Sunday till midnight.
The hotel also offers a signature luxury spa with 24 hour fitness room and recreation facilities plus an indoor infinity swimming pool (open 06.00 till 20.00), whirlpool, steam and sauna. Other services include a 24 hour laundry valet.
Meting facilities for up to 140 guests available.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube & Railway Station: London Bridge 0.1 miles (0.2 km), DLR Station: Tower Gateway 0.7 miles (1.2 km), Motorway: M1 Junction 1 7.7 miles (12.4 km). With 3 tube (underground) stops plus 2 national railway stations all in a half mile radius (0.8 km) of the hotel.
The Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard London is within one Europe's tallest buildings (tallest at completion), the Shard London Bridge. Standing 310 metres (1,017 feet) high, made entirely of glass and with a total of 87 floors this is a landmark construction within London. The hotel itself occupies floors 34-52 and has a total space of 174,355 square feet (174,355 sq feet). Just yards from London bridge Station which provides links to both the tube network and railway network with services into central London and out to Gatwick Airport. Just on the south side of the River Thames with London Bridge just 200 yards from the hotel which takes you directly into the City of London, the financial sector of London and known as the Square Mile. 400 yards from Tower Bridge which is convenient for the Docklands/Canary Wharf district which is just over 2 miles to the east. The surrounding area has a range of amenities including High Street Shopping along Borough High Street which is just 150 yards to the west. There are plenty of places of interest close by too including the London Dungeon (0.1 miles), Borough Market (0.1 miles), Southwark Cathedral (0.2 miles), HMS Belfast (0.2 miles), Clink Prison Museum (0.2 miles), Bramah Tea and Coffee Museum (0.3 miles), Shakespeare Globe Theatre (0.5 miles), Tower of London (0.6 miles) and Tate Modern (0.6 miles).
Bedroom Numbers: 195 / 25 suites
This hotel has averaged a score of 4.55 out of 5 by 5650 past guests
>>>Booking.com (average customer rating 4.6 out of 5 from 2279 reviews)
>>>Tripadvisor (ranked 59 of 1140 for Hotels in London and rated 4.5 out of 5 from 3371 reviews)
Parking:Public parking is possible on site (reservation is not possible) and costs £55 per day.
Internet:WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Pets:Pets are not allowed.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 91% by past guests. The London average is 79% and the average for 5 star hotels is 89%. Therefore this hotel is above average for its sector (star rating) and for London as a whole.
Milesfaster ranking: 39th from 865 London hotels, and 28th of 133 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A comparable type of hotel close by (0.7 miles, 1.1 km) would be the 5 star Hilton Bankside, with base rates beginning from £153 and which has a 91% guest satisfaction rating. The Hilton Bankside also offers: a spa.Looking for lower base rates? Then another option might be the Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge. 0.8 miles away (1.3 km), has scored 85% from former guests and whose lowest rates start at about £89 (theres free WiFi too).
Would you prefer to go with something that has scored higher in guest satisfaction ratings? If that is what your after then the 5 Star Cheval Three Quays Tower of London seems like a possible option. The Cheval Three Quays Tower of London is only 0.4 miles (0.7 km) away. The Cheval Three Quays Tower of London has a perfect unblemished customer rating 99%, a truly stunning achievement.
Local hotels analysed:The closest fifty hotels around this area (32 London Bridge Street, SE1 postcode) that are listed on this website cover a 1.0 miles (1.6 km) radius. The star rating breakdown shows 11 five star hotels (average rating 90%), 21 four star hotels (average rating 87%), 16 three star hotels (average rating 84%) and 2 two star hotels (average rating 76%). Top rated of the local hotels is Cheval Three Quays Tower of London (5 star) at 99%.
Base Rates: Here we breakdown the starting rates (base rates) by overall average and by star rating. However base rates do not take account of special offers and one off deals so are just a guide. Looking at all the base rates of the 50 local hotels the average rate is £127 per night. Rates range from £49 at Travelodge Central Bank (2 Star, 70%) and the highest rates top out at £450 at Four Seasons Hotel Trinity Square (5 Star, 98%). The following are the rate averages per star level: Five Star average: £182, Four Star average: £123, Three Star average: £103 and Two Star average: £65.
Using our in-house algorithm we rank hotels based on guest ratings and weighted for related factors we rank Shangri La Hotel London 3rd (joint) of 50 area hotels and 3rd (joint) for the 11 five star hotels in the area. We rank the hotel 49th of 50 (10th of 11 five star hotels.) for base rates. We rank this hotel based on rates and also review scores to place it 29th of 34 of all the closest hotels in terms of value for money (Cheval Three Quays Tower of London was top).