Golden Circle is Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts’ loyalty program designed to reward their most valued guests with exclusive privileges and exciting promotions. Joining the Golden Circle is simple and free (click here to join), and as soon as you sign-up you are given a digital membership card for your immediate use. Download their mobile application available on Android or iOS devices for a convenient copy of your digital membership card. It’s only after your first hotel stay is when Golden Circle send you a physical membership card, which usually takes 4 – 6 weeks.

Download the Shangri-La app, sign-in and be rewarded (click here for the promotion) with 250 GC award points valued at 25 USD, so that alone is a reason to join. Please note that GC points don’t post immediately and it usually take 3-4 days to reflect.

Earning Golden Circle award points is easy and uncomplicated. Every 1 USD spend at Shangri-La Hotels earns you 1 GC award point. You can quickly earn GC award points, whether you are staying in a Shangri-La hotel or just visiting to enjoy a meal, a drink or a treatment at Chi, The Spa. Every 10 GC award points is equivalent to 1 USD, so keep that in mind.

Your Golden Circle membership card is essentially a debit card for Shangri-La hotels. Redeeming Golden Circle Award Points is not only rewarding, but convenient. Golden Circle is the most flexible loyalty program in the hospitality industry. You can use your GC Award Points for free room nights at any Shangri-La hotel, including Kerry Hotels, Hotel Jen, and Traders Hotels worldwide. Or you can pay for your meals in full or partially with Golden Circle award points, and the best part of that is you don’t need to be staying in the hotel to redeem. One can only wish that larger hotel chains would adapt the same system.

Below is a list of hotels and the respective guestroom which you can avail for just 1,000 GC award points per night (room only rate / breakfast not included). You may also redeem for a Horizon Club Room for 2,000 GC points per night, which includes access to the Horizon Lounge with breakfast as a benefit. Golden Circle members with Jade status are entitled to complimentary daily breakfast buffet for 2 at the all-day dining restaurant even during a redemption stay, which is why a horizon category room would be the best value for those who haven’t achieved Jade status. Golden Circle members with Diamond status enjoy complimentary Horizon Club lounge access while staying at Shangri-La Hotels. Note that Golden Circle benefits apply only to direct bookings made on the Shangri-La website, Shangri-La mobile app, or through the phone with the hotel. To learn more of the Golden Circle Jade and Diamond benefits click here for the full details.

NOTICE Hotel Jen Penang, Shangri-La Nanchang, and Shangri-La Beihai are currently non-participating properties despite being listed in Collection A. 

Collection A Hotels

1,000 GC Points per night

Shangri-La Hotel Baotou, China

Shangri-La Hotel, Baotou is located in the center of Baotou city in Inner Mongolia. The 360 room hotel is conveniently situated adjacent to the Wanda Plaza shopping mall and Yinhe Square park. Each guestroom offers a bright and airy space elevated by spectacular views of the city, the botanical garden or mountains. (Read more)

Deluxe Room | Shangri-La Baotou

The Deluxe Room is the lead-in guestroom available in King or Twin Single bed setup and both offer 38 square meters of space. Each room offers striking city or garden views through large windows. Warm lighting and décor provides a comfortable haven to relax or work

The Horizon Club Room is similar to the Deluxe Room, but offers enhanced amenities, such as premium designer toiletries and upgraded in-room facilities. Horizon guests also have exclusive access to the Horizon Club Lounge which offers a semi-buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapés, and all-day refreshments. Benefits such as early 11 AM check-in and 4 PM late check-out are subject to availability. 

Shangri-La Hotel Hefei, China

Shangri-La Hotel, Hefei invites you take in serene views of the garden or city while enjoying a welcome cup of tea. Their spacious, contemporary accommodations feature floor to ceiling windows, and traditional Hui design elements. The next morning, you can set off to explore nearby Feixi County, an hour’s drivefrom the hotel, with its spectacular natural landscapes and fascinating Buddhist relics. You admire the historical splendour of Sanhe Ancient Town, as well as the dense forests and colourful birdlife of Zipengshan National Park.

Deluxe Room | Shangri-La Hotel, Hefei

 

The Deluxe Rooms measure 45 square meters of space and are located on floors 5 to 23.  Each guestroom features exceptional views of the garden or Hefei’s cityscape through the large panoramic windows. Its modern design enhances functionality with distinct areas to enjoy relaxation, entertainment and productivity.

NOTES Request for a corner room, which has the desk facing a window.

VALUE 100 USD nett average nightly room only rate.

The Horizon Club Room is similar to the Deluxe Room, but offers enhanced amenities, such as premium designer toiletries and upgraded in-room facilities. Horizon guests also have exclusive access to the Horizon Club Lounge which offers a semi-buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapés, and all-day refreshments. Benefits such as early 11 AM check-in and 4 PM late check-out are subject to availability. 

Shangri-La Hotel Huhhot, China

Shangri-La Hotel, Huhhot is an ideal base for both business and leisure, it offers easy access to the province’s most important commercial and government offices, shopping malls, as well as a variety of scenic spots such as Five Pagoda Temple, Zhaojun Tomb, Genghis Khan Mausoleum, and Gegentala Grassland. Just adjacent to the hotel is lush Qingcheng Park, which features a lake that’s prime for an afternoon stroll. The hotel is just a 25-minute drive from Baita International Airport.

NOTES Hohhot City is located 1 hour and 20 minutes by plane from Beijing. High Speed Trains are set to begin operation sometime in 2019. The current slow trains take 9 to 12 hours from Beijing.

The 38 square meter Deluxe Room offers spacious comforts furnished with contemporary flair. Sweeping city or park views can be enjoyed from each room, which features a spacious bathroom with rainforest shower and signature Shangri-La toiletries.

The Horizon Club Room is similar to the Deluxe Room, but offers enhanced amenities, such as premium designer toiletries and upgraded in-room facilities. Horizon guests also have exclusive access to the Horizon Club Lounge which offers a semi-buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapés, and all-day refreshments. Benefits such as early 11 AM check-in and 4 PM late check-out are subject to availability. 

Shangri-La Hotel Manzhouli, China

Shangri-La Hotel, Manzhoul is located in the northern part of Inner Mongolia, which shares a 54-kilometre border with Russia. Manzhouli, which means “Luxuriant Spring Water” in Mongolian, is China’s busiest land port of entry. Manzhouli is within easy reach of major scenic spots. Given the city’s proximity to Russia, there is a great deal of Russian culture here.

Deluxe City View Room | Shangri-La Hotel, Manzhouli

Deluxe City View Rooms offer chic comforts with abundant natural light and an elegant décor in warm hues. Large windows provide sweeping views of the Manzhouli cityscape.

Deluxe Lake View Rooms are located on high floors, unlocking pleasing views of the picturesque Xiaobei Lake. The elegant chic décor is illuminated by abundant natural light. 

The Horizon Club Room is similar to the Deluxe Room, but offers enhanced amenities, such as premium designer toiletries and upgraded in-room facilities. Horizon guests also have exclusive access to the Horizon Club Lounge which offers a semi-buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapés, and all-day refreshments. Benefits such as early 11 AM check-in and 4 PM late check-out are subject to availability. 

Shangri-La Hotel Tangshan, China

Shangri-La Hotel, Tangshan offers 301 guestrooms and suites that combine elegance with practicality to suit the modern traveller. Ranging from 45 to 135 square metres in size, each room features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the landscaped gardens, park and new city centre. The location is predominantly residential and is an ideal base for travellers doing business in Tangshan.

Tangshan is a coastal city in Northern China with a century-long history as the “Treasured Land East of Beijing”. Facing the Bohai Sea to the south, and the Yan Mountains in the north, Tangshan borders Qinhuangdao to the east, and Beijing and Tianjin to the west. The city lies in a strategic area linking China’s north and northeast region.

Deluxe City View Room | Shangri-La Hotel, Tangshan

Deluxe City View Rooms are 45 square meters in size and overlook Changhong West Road. Each room features contemporary décor in natural, warm colours, and touches of floral patterns. In my opinion one of the best looking designed urban hotel rooms of the Shangri-La group. The ottoman bench by the foot of the bed gives the room an elegant touch, a modern yet classic design composition.

Deluxe Garden View Room | Shangri-La Hotel, Tangshan

Deluxe Garden View Rooms offers a more relaxing sight with the landscaped gardens. Each room is 45 square meters and is available in Twin Single or King bed configuration. 

The Horizon Club Room is similar to the Deluxe Room, but offers enhanced amenities, such as premium designer toiletries and upgraded in-room facilities. Horizon guests also have exclusive access to the Horizon Club Lounge which offers a semi-buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapés, and all-day refreshments. Benefits such as early 11 AM check-in and 4 PM late check-out are subject to availability. 

Shangri-La Qinhuangdao, China

Shangri-La Hotel, Hefei invites you take in serene views of the garden or city while enjoying a welcome cup of tea. Their spacious, contemporary accommodations feature floor to ceiling windows, and traditional Hui design elements. The next morning, you can set off to explore nearby Feixi County, an hour’s drivefrom the hotel, with its spectacular natural landscapes and fascinating Buddhist relics. You admire the historical splendour of Sanhe Ancient Town, as well as the dense forests and colourful birdlife of Zipengshan National Park.

Deluxe Balcony Seaview Room | Shangri-La Hotel, Qinghuangdao

 

The 45 square meter Deluxe Balcony Seaview Room features contemporary décor in soothing colours in a spacious interior, which includes a dedicated work space. Each room includes a private balcony that provides guests stunning views of Bohai Bay and the beach front area of the hotel.

Deluxe Room | Shangri-La Hotel, Qinghuangdao

The Deluxe Room is the entry level guestroom featuring a spacious 45 square meter layout finished in modern and elegant decor. 

The Horizon Club Room is similar to the Deluxe Room, but offers enhanced amenities, such as premium designer toiletries and upgraded in-room facilities. Horizon guests also have exclusive access to the Horizon Club Lounge which offers a semi-buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapés, and all-day refreshments. Benefits such as early 11 AM check-in and 4 PM late check-out are subject to availability. 

Shangri-La Hotel Qufu, China

Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu opened in 2013 as a modern sanctuary in a land of historical beauty, the home and birthplace of the great philosopher, Confucius. Known as the “sacred city” of the East, Qufu is one of China’s most famous historical and cultural cities. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to the Temple of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion.

Emperors of the past decorated temples with steles, praising the respected thinker and many other historic figures. With more than 2,500 years of history, the city charms with its characteristic antiquity and architecture from past dynasties.

Deluxe River View Room | Shangri-La Hotel Qufu

 

Deluxe River View Room features a spacious balcony that overlooks a river that divides the hotel from the Kongzi cultural park across.

The Horizon Club Room is similar to the Deluxe Room, but offers enhanced amenities, such as premium designer toiletries and upgraded in-room facilities. Horizon guests also have exclusive access to the Horizon Club Lounge which offers a semi-buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapés, and all-day refreshments. Benefits such as early 11 AM check-in and 4 PM late check-out are subject to availability. 

Shangri-La Hotel Wuhan, China

Shangri-La Hotel, Wuhan is located within Wuhan’s vibrant financial district. Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province and is the most populous city in central China. It has a flourishing economy supported by trade, transportation and technology. 

The Deluxe Room ranges from 36 to 43 square meters in space and features the more classic Shangri-La interiors with its distinct warm glow. Depending on your style preference it could be seen as dated or classic, what is certain is the consistent and familiar Shangri-La service.

The Horizon Club Room is similar to the Deluxe Room, but offers enhanced amenities, such as premium designer toiletries and upgraded in-room facilities. Horizon guests also have exclusive access to the Horizon Club Lounge which offers a semi-buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapés, and all-day refreshments. Benefits such as early 11 AM check-in and 4 PM late check-out are subject to availability. 

Shangri-La Hotel Yiwu, China

Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu is integrated in the Yiwu World Trade Centre and an excellent base for business travellers. Yiwu is an international trading hub in Zhejiang Province, China, and a large market of petty commodity wholesales in the world, where many global buyers go to do business.

Yiwu is 300 kilometers away from Shanghai or 90 minutes by high speed train, and a 30-minute train ride or 120 kilometers away from Zhejiang’s capital, Hangzhou.

Deluxe Room | Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu

Deluxe Rooms (48 square metes) are located on floors 20 to 38 and offer guests spacious comfort with luxury detail throughout, and expansive views of the city. A large marble bathroom features a separate bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. 

The Horizon Executive Room (72 square meters) is more than just a room, but more similar to a one-bedroom suite setup with separate living area and bedroom. I’d say this is an upgrade version of a junior suite, as a proper one-bedroom suite would have a guest washroom and at least a 4-seater dining table, which aren’t fitted in this room.

Being that this is a Horizon category room, guests have access to the Horizon Club Lounge and its complimentary benefits, such as breakfast, afternoon tea, evening happy hour and canapés, and all-day non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks.

Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Malaysia

Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Johor  is situated near the Puteri Harbour International Ferry Terminal, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town, and Legoland® Malaysia Resort. A perfect base to explore Malaysia’s southern corridor.

 

My Deluxe Rooms are modern and bright, and include everything you need to feel at ease.

Make yourself comfortable in a Deluxe Room at Puteri Harbour and enjoy the simple pleasures of a comfy bed, soft sheets and WiFi.

The Club Room is similar to the Deluxe Room, but offers enhanced amenities, such as premium designer toiletries and upgraded in-room facilities. Club guests also have exclusive access to the Club Lounge which offers a semi-buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapés, and all-day refreshments. Benefits such as early 11 AM check-in and 4 PM late check-out are subject to availability. 

Hotel Jen Manila, Philippines

Hotel Jen, Manila is located on Roxas Boulevard, strategical situated across from the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), and Star City amusement park. The hotel also provides a complimentary scheduled shuttle service to the nearby SM Mall of Asia (MOA) for your convenience.

I have stayed multiple times throughout the years at Hotel Jen Manila even during its early life as the former Holiday Inn Manila and then the Traders Hotel by Shangri-La before it was rebranded to a Hotel Jen in late 2014. Metro Manila is a sprawling metropolis with a high density of both people and vehicles, which is why sometimes an overnight setup before an international flights is needed. Hotel Jen Manila’s convenient location and easy access to the recently completed (2017) elevated NAIA Expressway makes departing from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals 1, 2, and 3 less stressful. For your utmost convenience I recommend using the hotel transfer to the airport, it’s a little over just double what you would pay for a taxi or ride sharing app (GrabCar), well worth the hassle free experience.

The Deluxe Bayview Room (36 square meters) offers the same amenities as the Deluxe Room but with a guaranteed view of the Manila Bay.

NOTES Request for a room facing the Manila Yacht Club for an obstructed view.

 

TIPS Pay for an upgrade to a club room for only 1,650 PHP (~30 USD), which gets your upgraded to their renovated Club Bayview Rooms located on floors 18 and 19. Guests staying in Club Rooms are granted access to the club lounge on level 19 with benefits, such as complimentary buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, happy hour with evening canapés, and all-day refreshments. Don’t forget to watch the amazing vivid sunsets over Manila Bay, it’s one the reasons why a club room is a must.

Deluxe Room (36 square meters) is spacious by Hotel Jen standards, only Hotel Jen Shenyang and the flagship Hotel Jen Beijing offer more space in the lead-in deluxe room category. The bathroom is compact but functional and features a bathtub shower combo with reliable temperature and pressure. Deluxe Rooms have partial views of the famed Manila Bay.

Conclusion

Redemption options for 1,000 Golden Circle Award Points are limited, but certainly worth redeeming for the value exchange you get, as most properties on the list are above the 100 USD per night on a paid stay. 1,000 GC points is equal to 100 USD in dining or spa credits, so consider the value when redeeming for properties requiring more points per night.

Golden Circle Members who achieved Jade status benefit with daily complimentary buffet breakfast during their stay, which applies even on redemption stays. Golden Circle Members with Diamond status further the value of the redemption as Horizon Club Lounge access is provided during their stay even when booking the cheapest room, again also applicable during redemption stays. Golden Circle Diamond Members also have higher, if not guaranteed chance to be upgraded to at least a Horizon Club Room or Suite. *Members with Diamond status have an advantage in value when redeeming nights at Collection B Hotels (2,000 GC per night) as they automatically receive complimentary Horizon Club Lounge access instead of the required 3,500 GC points to redeem for a Horizon / Club Room.

Shangri-La’s Golden Circle Loyalty program is unmatched in flexibility and availability. Black out dates for redemption is minimal and refundable as long as you cancel 3-days (72 hours) before the property’s standard check-in time. You can easily pay for your meals in any Shangri-La dining outlet with your points in full or partial with just a swipe of your Golden Circle Membership card or by presenting your virtual card from your Shangri-La Mobile App (available on Android and Apple devices). Click here to learn more about Golden Circle by Shangri-La.

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