1. The St. Regis Chengdu - Opening September 4th, 2014
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts is scheduled to open its doors on September 4 in the ancient city of Chengdu. Located in the southwestern province of Sichuan, Chengdu's history spans 4,000 years and is known as the Land of Abundance, due to its fertile soils.
The St. Regis Chengdu is part of a larger mixed-use development, Huahzi Plaza, with historic temples, museums, and all kinds of shopping nearby. Speaking of abundance, there’s also the Giant Panda Base, where you can visit about 100 of those big cuddly bears.
The hotel's design infuses the essence of Art Deco - honoring the brand's origins in New York - with Sichuan Chinese elements, which we think look pretty good together. Guest rooms will have a mix of traditional details such as crystal chandeliers and crown moldings, with super sleek Deco-inspired furnishings.
There are 279 guest rooms and suites each featuring Bose sound systems, iPad dock with controls for lighting, temperature, and drapery; 46-inch LCD TV; mini bar; Nespresso coffee maker; and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms feature 19-inch TV, smart toilet (do the math,) soaker tub, and Remede toiletries.
There will be plenty of choices for dining, including Tan Ting, authentic Cantonese and Sichuan fare, Yung Fu, a suite of private dining rooms; and Social, featuring all day dining buffet style. Yes, there is a skybar, Vantage XXVII, as well as a wine and cigar bar aptly named Decantor.
Rates start at 1,300 CNY for reservations starting September 4 (note: some premium suites may not be available.)
[Renderings: The St.Regis Chengdu]
2. Azure Qiantang, A Luxury Collection Hotel - Opening September 5th, 2014
The Azure Qiantang has a picturesque setting along the Qiantang River in China’s Shangcheng District, overlooking the world’s largest tidal bore (simply put, a gigantic wave.) The local area is a feast of arts and culture, with museums specializing in tea, silk, and technology.
The hotel is a member of Starwood’s Luxury Collection and as we would expect is full of grandeur and elegance, featuring classic lines and refined detailing, with simple, modern furnishings. Color palettes are as cool as the adjoining sea.
There are 205 guest rooms and suites featuring river or garden views and full height windows to get the most out of those views. Room amenities include: 46-inch LCD TV; robe/slippers; hair dryer; executive desk (should there be any other kind?) with ergonomic chair; ironing board (on request); mini bar; coffee/tea maker; and free Wi-Fi.
Drinks and dining can be enjoyed in the Lobby Lounge; Lan Ting, for Chinese style cuisine, and Panorama Signature Restaurant, serving all three meals.
Rates start at 1,300 CNY for reservations starting September 5 (note: premium suites may not be available.)
[Renderings: Azure Qiantang]
[Renderings: Azure Qiantang]
3. W Beijing - Chang'An
W Hotels is not shy about planting themselves in the heart of all the action. It is then no surprise to see the high-styling brand jumping right into the Chinese capital of Beijing, as they prepare to debut W Beijing - Chang'An on September 30. The hotel is close to all that you hope for while visting China--the famous/infamous Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market, and last but not least, the city’s busy night life.
The hotel interiors, as we have come to expect in a W Hotel, come alive with colors, patterns and textures that are contemporary expressions of an ancient culture. Traditional highly ornate Asian art provides a great opportunity for modern day interpretation, and we see this, certainly in the hotel's Living Room.
The hotel has 349 rooms, each featuring a W signature bed; LCD TV; Munchie Box; mini bar; expresso machine; iron; safe; walk-in closet (nice!); robe/slippers; Bliss Spa toiletries; and Wi-Fi at 90 CNY per day (not so nice.)
The hotel also features its FIT gym, live entertainment, and signature cocktails in the W Lounge, and X25 bar, where everyone looks good. Premium dining a la Cantonese at Yen, and casual dining a la buffet at the Kitchen Table, should satisfy all cravings.
The hotel's web site does not currently show on-line reservations nor rates, which makes us worry that the opening will be delayed again. [Renderings: W Beijing – Chang’An]
The hotel's web site does not currently show on-line reservations nor rates, which makes us worry that the opening will be delayed again.
[Renderings: W Beijing – Chang’An]