Dorian Rommel has been appointed as the general manager of Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li, scheduled to open in March 2017. 

Located within the cultural preservation zone of Shanghai’s Xuhui District, Capella Shanghai occupies the last remaining “shikumen” heritage estate, which dates back to the 1930s.

In his new role as the pre-opening champion, Rommel will provide strategic guidance for the 55 heritage villas, 40 serviced residences, a French brasserie, and a collection of restaurants and retail brands known as The Gallery.

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Capella Hotel Group Asia CEO, Nicholas Clayton, says: “I am delighted to welcome Dorian to our Capella family.  With his experience in managing Asian luxury hotels, I am confident that he will debut our brand successfully in China.

"Capella Shanghai is a heritage landmark that showcases the architectural beauty of Chinese courtyard houses with Parisian flair.  Together with his team, Dorian will introduce the hallmarks of our legendary Capella Experience to affluent travelers in China and beyond."

With 20 years of luxury hospitality experience in the gateway cities of the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Singapore and China, Rommel has a proven track record in delivering service excellence for the discerning clientele. His career has advanced through the ranks with some of the world’s most recognised brands like the Waldorf Astoria, Four Seasons, St. Regis and most recently, Shangri-La. 

The ultra-luxury Capella brand has properties in Dusseldorf, Singapore, Ixtapa, and Saint Lucia, with additional hotels planned for Orlando, Bangkok, Todos Santos, Shanghai and Bali.