Shangri-La to Open in New York

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced it would open a namesake hotel in New York in 2010. The 206-room luxury property will be located on 53rd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues in Midtown Manhattan. Guest rooms will feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Park Avenue, Central Park and Midtown. More than one third of the rooms will be suites and just about all rooms will be over 500 square feet, with deluxe rooms ranging in size from 641 to 940 square feet, the company said. Suites will be 1,023 square feet and larger. Of the 206 rooms, 66 will be sold as condominium hotel units and 17 high-end residential condos will make up the top 10 floors of the tower. Shangri-La New York also will feature its signature spa, an 80-foot swimming pool and sundeck, fitness center, business center, lobby lounge with sidewalk café, a ground-floor bar and a second floor restaurant. Shangri-La, which operates 50 properties in Asia Pacific and the Middle East, is also developing hotels in Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, Vancouver and Toronto. Visit [].