The quest for bragging rights as the world's tallest hotel never seems to go away, with ever-taller towers soaring into the sky. But how about the world's deepest hotel?
That crown is clearly going to a new InterContinental being built in China, where the hotel sinks nineteen floors down into a former quarry outside of Shanghai.
Set to open in early 2015, the hotel is being designed by the same UK-based company, Atkins, who created Jumeriah's stunning sail-like Burj al Arab in Dubai.
The best of the 380 rooms in the InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland (yes, 'Wonderland') will face across an artificial boating lake to a manmade waterfall, a rarity in the almost entirely flat Shanghai region.
And only two of the hotel's 19 floors will be above ground level, with the lowest level – featuring the hotel's restaurant – will actually be underwater in the artificial lake!
You'll find the InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland (sorry, we couldn't resist using the name again) near expat favourite hiking hill Tianmashan -- itself a locally record-breaking but internationally lacklustre hundred metres high -- in the southwesterly Songjiang district of the city.
So while it's not a hotel to stay at when you want to do business in Shanghai, it's a novel weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle.
Parent InterContinental Hotel group revealed its new China-focussed hotel brand, Hualuxe, last month. Expect to see some Chinese characteristics filtering through to the quarry hotel too.