On the 1st of July 2003, the Shangri-La logo was hoisted up to the rooftop to adorn the fašade of the ANA Harbour Grand Hotel to signify the introduction of the renowned Shangri-La brand of hospitality to Sydney, Australia.
The legendary Shangri-La logo became a prominent feature enhancing the skyline of the Sydney Harbour.
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts was appointed to manage the 561-room ANA Harbour Grand Hotel located between the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge in the historic Rocks district of the city by the owner, the Singapore-based GIC Real Estate. The five-star 36-storey property strategically located within walking distance of the central business district, major shopping facilities and tourist attractions features some of Sydney's most dramatic harbour views from the city's most spacious guestrooms with 81 Horizon Club rooms on six floors offering a host of special privileges and amenities for frequent travellers.
The Hotel also boasts of some of the city's top restaurants > and bars such as the Horizons Bar, Japanese Restaurant on 36 providing > spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour, The Brasserie, The Rocks Teppanyaki, Lobby Lounge and Harts Pub. Other features of the hotel are the finest meeting and convention facilities including a pillarless Grand Ballroom, 14 function rooms and boardrooms, gymnasium, indoor swimming > pool and spa, sauna, steam room, solarium and treatment rooms as well as a Business Centre.
The hotel will be formally rebranded as the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney from the 1st of July 2003. Staff of the Hotel has been working round the clock putting on the finishing touches to the interior and exterior of the Hotel to reflect Shangri-La's identity which will be synonymous with all the 39 Shangri-La hotels located in mainland China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.
"The Shangri-La group has been searching for about a decade for a suitable > property in the city in which to open its first Australian hotel. This move is a strategic step in the group's expansion programme and will be a tremendous addition to group's new hotels that are opening up in Dubai, Oman, the Maldives and China. We will be implementing selected physical improvements to strengthen the hotel's market position and we look forward to the rebranding of this great property with the existing loyal staff" comments Mr Michael Cottan, the newly-appointed General Manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney. SHAGRI-LA.COM