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Urban Resort Concepts’ (URC) hotels in Beijing and Shanghai recognised in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards

October 10, 2019 Accolades No Comments Email Email

10 years since the opening of its first luxury urban resort in the heart of Shanghai, Urban Resort Concepts (URC) celebrate an important milestone as two of its properties were recognised with top honours in the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, announced on October 7, 2019.

The PuLi Hotel and Spa, which marked its 10th anniversary in September, placed second in the “Top 10 Hotels in Asia/China” category, its fourth Readers’ Choice Award since opening a decade ago. As the very first property of URC’s collection of luxury hotels, the launch of The PuLi Hotel and Spa in 2009 marked an unprecedented change in luxury hospitality, premised on a guest-centric experience where the peace and serenity of a resort atmosphere coexists in a contemporary urban space, right in the very heart of Shanghai’s Jing’An district.

The PuXuan Hotel and Spa, URC’s latest modernist gem minutes away from The Forbidden City, received the much-lauded top spot in the “Top 10 Hotels in Asia/China” category, in addition to placing 32nd in “The Best Hotels in the World” category. URC’s debut of the hotel in February 2019 brought its intrinsic generosity, intuitive service and trademark guest experience philosophy of Hostmanship™ to Beijing, while paying respectful yet contemporary homage to one of the Chinese capital’s most important and distinctive quarters.

“We are absolutely elated and honoured to have received this prestigious recognition by the highly discerning and well-travelled global readers of Condé Nast Traveler,” said Markus Engel, CEO and founding partner of URC. “Our singular purpose has always been to create some of the world’s leading luxury hotels born out of the city and DNA it is located in, and this double accolade is a wonderful reaffirmation of our success. As we expand our footprint in Asia and beyond, we will continue to cultivate transformative experiences that inspire and centre around our guests.”

THE JOY OF TWO CITIES Guests are invited to join in the celebration from October 7, 2019 till February 29, 2020 and access an exclusive array of privileges designed not only to provide an unparalleled
stay but also the opportunity to experience the distinctive individuality of both destinations in its truest form.

The celebratory offer includes: • An upgrade to the next room category • CNY 500 dining and spa credit per room per stay • One-way airport transfer (applicable with a two-night stay and above)

Included in the stays are generous Hostmanship™ benefits such as 24-hour check-in and check-out, fully-stocked mini bar replenished daily, best-in-class WiFi, pressing, LUXE City Guide app and more.

Offer applies with the best available rate at each hotel and is subject to terms and conditions. For reservations and enquiries, please visit or

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” The full list is published online at and announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions.

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