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China Rolling Out More Luxury Hotels

Hotel & Resort | James Ruggia | July 15, 2015

China Rolling Out More Luxury Hotels

PHOTO: The Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake is Hilton’s first Yunnan property. (All photos courtesy those featured)

It all began in 1985 when the Great Wall Sheraton opened just outside of central Beijing, and now very much inside of central Beijing. The hotel launched one of the most potent destinations for international tourists in the world. Beijing’s Forbidden City’s visitor numbers have surpassed the Louvre to become number one in the world and are now being limited to a mere 80,000 per day. What Sheraton began has taken China’s hotel inventory from dingy and rudimentary to world leaders. Shanghai has surpassed all other cities as the capital of hotel innovation.

In the early going, Beijing and Shanghai, the political and business capitals of the country got the critical mass of hotel development, but these days hotels are turning up all over the country. The resort island of Hainan, for instance, alone has a pipeline loaded with 48 luxury resorts bringing another 20,700 rooms to its inventory. The reason for all of this is the ever increasing number of visitors, both business and leisure. A January survey by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), said China will see an 8.7 percent growth in tourism by 2023.

New hotels keep rolling in. Langham opened its seventh Chinese hotel earlier this month, the 263-room Langham Place, Haining. The hotel is part of a development that includes a shopping center, offices and apartments. It’s the first hotel in the city to reserve an entire floor for female guests. The Langham Place, Haining has three restaurants and a Lobby Lounge.

PHOTO: The Langham Place Haining is the seventh property by Langham in China.

The 297-room Ritz-Carlton Nanjing will open shortly in a newly designated central business district called Xiejiekou, about 30 minutes from the airport. The hotel will have four restaurants and bars. The 473-room Shangri-La Hotel, Nanchang opened earlier this year in Honggutan, the new central business district of Nanchang city. The hotel has direct views of the 1,300-year-old Tengwang Pavilion and Quishui Square

The 346-room Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake opened recently as Hilton’s first property in Yunnan Province. The hotel is located on the northeast coast of Fuxian Lake. The hotel, which sits on a private beach, is adjoined by a golf course and driving range, and has a spa, six bars and restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools and more.

The 439-room NUO Hotel Beijing had its soft opening as the flagship hotel of the new luxury brand. Located near the city’s 798 Art District, NUO Hotel Beijing is a “green building” with original print wall murals in each room, high-tech amenities, butler service, six restaurants and bars, Yuan Tea House, indoor pool, gym, spa and a fleet of limited-edition, luxury “Red Flag” sedans and limousines.

The 190-room Element Suzhou opened as Asia’s first Element Hotel in Suzhou’s Science and Technology Town. The hotel will have a fluid design of modular furniture, swiveling flat-screen televisions, large desks and custom-designed closets. Bathrooms will be spa-inspired, with rain showers and dual-flush toilets.

PHOTO: The Element Suzhou brings a perky design to China’s city of classical gardens.

The 478-room Hotel Nikko Suzhou, located in the west of the ancient city, recently opened with a pool, sauna, fitness center and a Mahjong Room. It will have Chinese, Japanese and western-style restaurants as well as a bar.

Big Pipeline

Meliá Hotels International will open the 190-room Meliá Shanghai Hongqiao next July as part of the Lidoway project, which will have dining outlets, alfresco areas and high-end residential villas. Hongqiao is expected to become the new center of west Shanghai.

The 74-room Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing in Beijing will open in 2017 on the top two floors of the mixed use development known as the WF CENTRAL. The hotel will command outstanding views of several famous landmarks in the capital. It will have two restaurants, each with access to a rooftop garden terrace providing unparalleled views of the city’s famous sites, while the bar will be connected to a private courtyard.

Rocco Forte Hotels will open a 280-room hotel in Shanghai in 2018, which will be the group’s first property in Asia. It will be part of a new complex in the West Bund, occupying the top 15 floors of the development. Rocco Forte recently said he hopes to double the number of hotels in the group over the next five years. The existing 10 hotels in the collection are largely European based, an area where the group will continue to concentrate, as well as branching further afield in the Middle East.

The 300-room Conrad Ningbo will open in 2019. The hotel will take up the top floors of a building, which is poised to become the city’s landmark building, redefining the skyline. The Conrad Ningbo is part of an expansive mixed-use development that will feature retail, office space, and a performing arts center across 32 acres of prime real estate.

The Embassy by Hilton brand will enter China when the 300-room Embassy by Hilton Bo’ao opens in 2019. The hotel will have 55 square-meter guestrooms, an all-day dining restaurant, a Chinese restaurant and a lounge bar. The hotel will also offer a business center, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools as well as car parking facilities.

The Wyndham Hotel Group recently signed three new Wyndham Hotels and Resorts properties in some of China’s most exotic resort destinations: the 400-room Wyndham Sanya Bay on Hainan Island will open later this year; the 200-room Wyndham Hainan Qingshui Bay Resort will open in late 2017; and the 300-room Wyndham Grand Huangshan Taiping Lake will open in early 2019.

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts will open the 248-room Swissôtel Jinan in 2020. The hotel will have five dining outlets, a Pürovel Spa & Sport - the company's Alpine-inspired signature wellbeing brand. Part of a larger mixed-use development featuring residential, retail and office buildings, the hotel will be located in the Han Yu District, the new financial center and research and development hub of Jinan. 

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