We’re just over a week into the New Year, and there is already loads to be excited about in the hospitality industry. In the coming months, some of the biggest names in luxury hospitality will be opening properties across China in first-tier cities and in cities that might surprise you. Here are five to look out for.
In the past decade, we’ve watched the West Bund evolve from a desolate waterfront to a destination for culture and leisure. It was only a matter of time before a luxury hotel brand would plant a flag in this up-and-coming area. Enter Rocco Forte with The West Bund Hotel. The British luxury hotel group behind landmark properties like Brown’s Hotel in London, the Hotel Savoy in Florence, and the Hotel Astoria in St. Petersburg will open on the top floors of the brand new West Bund AI Tower.
The West Bund Hotel will offer 161 guest rooms and 58 suites ranging from 70 to 290 square meters. Rocco Forte hotels have a reputation for designs that speak of their surroundings, and these accommodations will draw inspiration from classic Chinese aesthetics and traditional patterns. A spa spanning two floors will offer a vast array of beauty and wellness treatments and will serve nourishing vegan cuisine.
Dining options will include traditional Italian and contemporary Cantonese cuisine. An intimate tea room inspired by The Drawing Room at Brown’s Hotel in London, will serve tea in the British tradition. Then for cocktails, it’s up to the 59th floor for exquisite craft cocktails and spectacular views.
2020 is also the year that Nanjing finally gets a Ritz! 295 guest rooms and 32 luxury suites will tower 62 stories over the city’s Xinjiekou Central Business District with breathtaking views of Xuanwu Lake and Purple Mountain. It’s a prime location that’s only footsteps away from historical and cultural attractions like the Presidential Palace and Nanjing Library.
The city of Nanjing has a wealth of history yet is at the height of modernity. Naturally, this will inform the hotel’s distinctive decor. Accommodations will be decidedly contemporary in design with accents telling the story of Nanjing’s celebrated heritage. Views of the nearby lake, mountains, and the stunning skyline will serve as the backdrop.
The Ritz-Carlton’s dining options will showcase a dazzling array of global flavors. Southern France and China’s Jiangnan region will make an irresistible pairing at the all-day dining restaurant Lavandula. Here, guests will get to savor a sumptuous buffet, signature seafood towers, and even a sommelier-selected list of rosé wines. Elegant Huaiyang cuisine complemented with Chinese yellow rice wine and craft beers will take center stage at Pin Ning Fu. Dai Yuet Heen will explore contemporary Cantonese cuisine with a wine list featuring some of the finest vineyards in China. And of course, it wouldn’t be Ritz-Carlton without Flair Bar. Perched on the 62nd floor, guests here will get to enjoy a craft cocktail over panoramic city views from a rooftop terrace.
Turning our attentions south to the Province of Guizhou, another Fairmont property is under development. Housed in one of the mirror-like twin towers of Guiyang’s HLC Center, this hotel will feature 325 luxurious guest rooms. At 335 meters high, this is the tallest building in the city, so guests can expect panoramic views from nearly every room. Guest can also delight their senses in restaurants like Imperial Jade for Cantonese cuisine prepared by a Michelin-starred chef. Located in the heart of Guiyang’s Central Business District, the Fairmont Guiyang will also be just minutes away from major attractions like Qianling Park and A-Ha Lake Wetland Park.
Later this year, Raffles City Chongqing, the city’s newest, boldest skyscraper will be home to the InterContinental’s next China property. This cluster of edifices cuts a striking figure at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. You can’t miss it. It’s the one that likes Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands. It was designed by the same architect, Moshe Safdie, and it even has its own sky bridge, aptly named “The SkyCrystal”, that connects four of the towers. Perched on the 42nd floor, The InterContinental Chongqing Raffles City will feature 380 luxury guest rooms and suites with some spectacular riverfront views.
Finally, Chengdu is getting a W. The always hip, always chic Marriott brand is poised to open this July in the city’s Central Gaoxin District. Expect 297 rooms including 36 suites ranging in size from 48 to 368 square meters and styled in a sleek modern design inspired by local Chengdu elements. True to W form, accommodations promise to blur the line between hard day’s work and the partying to be done after the sun goes down. Other onsite amenities will include W’s signature spa, AWAY, and its gym, FIT. For dining, guests will get to savoring Chinese cuisine at Yao Yen or pan-Asian creations at Zing, and craft cocktails at the glamorous Spark rooftop bar.
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