Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai is one of the members of The Okura Group, whose corporate philosophy is “Best A.C.S. — Best Accommodation, Best Cuisine and Best Service.” Thoughtful services and pursuit of excellence represent the symbolic core competitiveness of Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai and the Okura brand.
The Okura Garden Hotel is ideally situated in Shanghai’s prestigious shopping and business district at the center of the city. Originally the site of the French Club, which was completed in 1926, the 33-story hotel combines contemporary design with the elegance of the former club. With a private 30,000-square-meter garden, the entire facility radiates a rich culture, while paying homage to the past. The 10 sophisticated function rooms are the perfect settings for meetings, conferences or banquets, the 492 well-equipped guest rooms offer an immediate sense of relaxation, and personalized attention exemplifies the hotel’s five-star rating.
Recognized as a piece of the city’s cultural heritage, the building is protected by the Shanghai government. Looking back on its history offers insight into the valuable memories of the past. Thanks to its origins, it showcases the most popular and fashionable styles from the 1920s and ’30s. The building was used by the U.S. Army and later, an indoor swimming pool was built at the site of the current Cocktail Lounge Oasis in the 1940s. After the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, it changed its name to the People’s Culture Palace with the garden used as a sports field. From the end of 1970s, the building was renamed the Jing Jiang Club. In 1985, a renovation project began to create the Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai with the cooperation of the Shanghai government and with 100 percent investment by Nomura China Investment Co. On March 20, 1990, the Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai opened under a 30-year lease. The new tower with its elegant guestroom facilities successfully merges with the old building and incorporates the hotel lobby, Coffee Shop Rose, Cocktail Lounge Oasis, function rooms and business center.
Over the years, the hotel has welcomed countless official state visitors, distinguished guests and business leaders and gained a reputation as a trustworthy hotel where guests feel welcome and are served with respect and dignity. Hotel employees are well versed in several languages and many speak Japanese and English. The hotel has been a center of the Japanese business community and many Japanese companies were introduced to the art of doing business in China while they stayed in the hotel.
We thank all our guests for their patronage at Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, all of us at Okura are looking forward to welcoming guests for many years to come as we continue to provide them with our Best A.C.S. in China.