CHINA InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin has opened its doors after a restoration with four heritage buildings, two new hotel wings and meeting facilities surrounded by expansive gardens in downtown Shanghai.

The hotel boasts 178 guestrooms and suites within two main buildings, The Club InterContinental and Reception Building with 1930s Shanghai glamour and an Old Shanghai modern flair respectively.

It offers a 405-square metre grand ballroom that hosts up to 300 guests as well as 10 meeting rooms catering to groups between 20 and 200 delegates. The hotel also owns a series of expansive lawns, flower gardens and outdoor pavilions for cocktails and alfresco receptions for up to 240 guests.

F&B options within the InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin include a Chinese fine-dining restaurant and a French brasserie.

The hotel is located across a 100-acre walled garden complex built by British newspaper magnate H.E. Morris in 1916, which later became Shanghai’s first state guesthouse in 1979.

It has hosted numerous Chinese and global leaders, including Chairman Mao, Chiang Kai-Shek and US President Richard Nixon, and houses historical treasures such as Shanghai’s oldest Dao temple site and a 14th-century city water well.

InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin is expected to roll out additional rooms in the original Morris Residences in phases throughout 2013, including Personality Suites themed according to famous historical figures and a 900-square metre Presidential Suite in a four-storey villa.