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It seems like we talk about one Shangri-La hotel opening a week. It's like the brand is giving birth to a brood of properties and we can't keep them straight. We may even have to change our motto--"Hotel Chatters All About Shangri-La" at this rate.
Yep, they've now cut the ribbon on their 35th property in mainland China, the Shangri-La Yangzhou. This one nestled in the heart of the medium-sized city and the luxury hotel marks the first international hotel chain to open in "The City of Poets, Merchants and Explorers".
Featuring its own Asian-style garden, the new hotel peers over neighboring Mingyue Lake offering guests staying in any of the 369 rooms tranquil views of koi ponds and pagodas. Yangzhou is known for its beauty, history and culture and this property is sure to complement the 2,500 year old city.
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It’s not a view of Tiananmen Square or a section of the Great Wall outside Beijing, but the window of this Superior Club room at the Kerry Hotel Beijing perfectly frames Rem Koolhaas’s now-iconic shard-like CCTV building.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, on whom we have a big ol’ crush, and who seem to roll out a new hotel almost every month, announced that their next hotel in China has officially opened on the shores of ‘China’s Hawaii’.
We fully expect that the 337-room Shangri-La Haikou has everything this luxe hotel brand has become known for: big rooms, free WiFi, great restaurants and bars, awe-inspiring service and a deluxe spa to massage away your cares, but the Shangri-La Haikou will also have in-suite balconies, an indoor and outdoor pool, a tennis court and natural hot spring pools.
Just about a month after the reveal of its new flagship in hometown Toronto, Four Seasons added yet another new destination to its roster yesterday with the opening of Four Seasons Beijing. This marks a total of five hotels in China, complementing Shanghai, Shanghai (Pudong), Guangzhou, Hangzhou, and Hong Kong.
A total of 313 rooms and 66 suites can be found in this mixed-use complex that also combines two private apartment towers. Restaurant Cai Yi Xuan serves regional Chinese cuisine, with Mio being the Italian option that seems a near-staple for Four Seasons Hotels these days. Opus lounge & bar offers all-day dining and drinks, including daily afternoon tea.
Here we go again, China gets a flash hotel and this time it’s in the form of a Shangri-La. The new hotel fun isn’t limited to the big cities this time with the latest property in the business hub of Changzhou , about an hour train-ride west of Shanghai and 45 minutes east of Nanjin.
The giant complex of a hotel is on the south bank of the Yangtze River delta and will primarily cater to business people doing their thing in the neighboring commercial center. Don’t let that fact mark this property off your list of leisure destinations though, because the city has plenty to offer for tourists and with 350 rooms, there is a good chance you won’t see anyone in a suit.
Each of the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and unobstructed views of Xihu Lake or the city, along with the traditional luxuries we continually rave about in all Shangri-La hotels. If you do happen to get this hotel on an expense report, the complimentary WiFi and spacious office areas will make work a lot more pleasurable. There’s even an IT butler in case you have a computer glitch.
We’ve previously looked at what Swissôtel will be up to in Turkey (including its new extended-stay concept) and Dubai over the next years, after being impressed with their latest property in Dresden (and their serious approach to sleep). Looks like two resorts in Bodrum and one in Dubai isn’t enough action, with Swissôtel Changsha just added to the list for openings in 2014.
Where is Changsha and why there you ask? The capital of the Hunan province, Changsha is about 680 miles southwest of Shanghai, and a major transportation hub in the area. By the time the hotel opens, there will be a metro station connecting the east and west of the city next to the hotel, and Changsha will be a stop on a high-speed railway connecting Shanghai to Kunming (near the southwestern border with Myanmar (Burma), Laos, and Vietnam).
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Chalk up yet another new hotel for China, this time in Shanghai. The former French Concession gets to cut the ribbon on Twelve at Hengshan in November. The über-swanky brand, Luxury Collection from Starwood Hotels is bringing fierce design while honoring local character to the city's most historic section.
The new building, right along tree-lined Hengshan Road, will blend in to the neighborhood with thousands of terracotta tiles adorning the outside. But it's the modern take on traditional Chinese design that provides the wow factor. Garden motifs, hand-painted Oriental screens, handmade Chinese and modern furniture will give an 'East meets West, Past meets Present' vibe.
Though there are 171 rooms, know the most luxury is oozing from the suites. All 28 of them are decked out with Bose sound systems, Hermes toiletries, and many even overlook a secret garden. Plus each will have private terraces--oh, and a butler. But, if the suites are out of your price range, the regular rooms come with deluxe bathrooms, entertainment systems, Nespresso machines and free WiFi. Not too shabby, eh?
If it seems like China is getting all of the newest and flashiest hotels, it's because, well, they are getting all the newest and flashiest hotels. The country is certainly a hotbed for hoteliers to pull out all the stops and wow their guests. Banyan Tree Hotels are no different with their newest addition to Shanghai, and this one's a gem.
Banyan has build a brand new urban resort on the banks of the Huangpu River in the most happening area of town called The Bund. The area is a definite contrast of new and old with turn of the century banks and hotels juxtaposed across the river with the big lights and big city of the financial district, Pudong, this modern building houses great service and modern luxuries.
Each of the 130 rooms and suites will offer modern Asian decor with a focus on wood and natural fabrics all arranged around a textile wall behind the beds. All rooms are fully equipped with high-tech devises like LCD flat screen TVs up to 52 inches, Nespresso coffee makers and complementary WiFi. While these are nice features, we wouldn't be able to tear our eyes away from the passing boats and cruises of the river views that the suites boast. The top-of-the-line 'Banyan Suite' offers a Shanghai exclusive: the en-suite swimming pool. It can be said that this is a first for the city; other than in Macau, we can't imagine it's common place in many other hotels.
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The newest member to Starwood's Luxury Collection has been unveiled, this time on the island of Hainan in southern China. Granted, it's probably being overshadowed by the new Sheraton Macao, Starwood's largest property to date, but still. For something a little more personal and upscale, the Royal Begonia is a pretty safe bet.
The 142-room property is built on a stunning quarter-mile stretch of beach on Haitang Bay, located on the southeastern tip of the island.
Guest rooms offer custom-designed furniture, there's an art gallery showcasing traditional and modern Chinese art, a cigar lounge, a Spanish wine and cocktail bar, and the hotel will even arrange special outings to local destinations in the surrounding bay, like the "floating restaurant" on nearby Coconut Island, which specializes in traditional Hainanese seafood dishes.
It's hard to believe it, but one of the hotels we named in our "Favorite Hotel Beds Ever" list only had one location...up until this week. That's rightthe EAST Hotel in Hong Kong now has a sister property in Beijing, China.
The 369 guest rooms (including 23 suites with executive lounge access) of the EAST Beijingdebut with a special opening rate starting from 798 RMB ($126) per night, through December 31. This includes a location as the only hotel within the massive Indigo development in the Chaoyang area (a 15-min drive to the Central Business District), an iPod Touch and iHome in each room, Elemis amenities and free and fast WiFi throughout the entire hotel.
Sheraton Hotels has opened up their newest Chinese hotel, this time in Fuzhou, one of the largest cities in Fujian province. Located in the heart of the newly built business district, the hotel targeted to those who'll be wheeling and dealing in the area and especially want close proximity to the Fujian Strait International Conference & Exhibition Center, the largest convention space in China. And for tourists, this is a base to explore the many temples, pagodas, and parks in the region.
Though the hotel is currently open, it's operating at limited occupancy levels. But, by October 1st, all cylinders should be firing with every room and public area open and ready.
Once the property is completely open, there will be just under 400 rooms ranging from basic to suites. There will also be Club Level rooms with upgraded amenities and lounge access. And while there will be a charge for WiFi in the rooms, at least it will be free in the lobby.
The über-luxury resorts of Anantara will now be pampering guests visiting the tropical vacation destination of Sanya in the Hainan province of China. The new hotel is a mixture of top-notch Asian service with the endless summer of Southern China.
Anantara guests are usually treated to lush jungle and beach front views all in a secluded paradise environment. This resort is no different. Sitting in the shadow of low-level mountains between the South China Sea, there is no doubt that your shoulders will relax once you step foot on the grounds. Of course, the signature namesake spa can help with that too.
The entire hotel is a purpose-built facility that offers guests the option of large rooms, suites, and private pool villas spread over 122 rooms. The pool villas face the ocean with individual access to a secluded pool and come with a personal host to ensure every need is met.