HO­TEL UP­DATE: GUANGZHOU

The last decade has seen Zhu­jiang New Town emerge as the Guang­dong cap­i­tal’s new CBD, and the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor has re­sponded ac­cord­ingly

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New and up­com­ing prop­er­ties in the south­ern Chi­nese city

NEW

Con­rad Guangzhou Opened: May 2017 The lat­est lux­ury in­ter­na­tional-brand ho­tel to open in Guangzhou, this 309-room prop­erty stands be­hind the tow­er­ing new Guangzhou CTF Fi­nance Cen­tre one block back from the Tianhe CBD’s cen­tral park quadrangle. The wide range of rooms (start­ing at 48 sqm) and suites are all fur­nished and dec­o­rated in mod­ern chic style. The ho­tel has 1,800 sqm of meet­ing space, with an Ex­ec­u­tive Lounge on the (top) 27th floor. A com­pre­hen­sive health club and spa fa­cil­ity in­cludes an in­door heated pool and out­door whirlpool, a va­ri­ety of work­out zones in the fit­ness cen­tre, and steam baths, ice foun­tains and herbal and hot stone saunas. con­rad­ho­tels.com Aloft Guangzhou Tianhe Opened: May 2016 The city’s sec­ond Aloft prop­erty is also the largest in the world for this mil­len­nial-fo­cused brand from Star­wood. Lo­cated within walk­ing dis­tance of Guangzhou East Rail­way Sta­tion, it boasts 498 rooms all fea­tur­ing the SPG Key­less mo­bile sys­tem. The fast-mov­ing, hip and trendy at­mos­phere is aug­mented by its

W:XYZ bar, which fea­tures the sig­na­ture “Live at Aloft Ho­tels” mu­sic pro­gram­ming. A to­tal of 1,000 sqm of event space in­cludes unique “Tac­tic” meet­ing venues, all fur­nished with state-of-the-art AV tech­nol­ogy. star­wood­ho­tels.com/aloftho­tels

Hamp­ton by Hil­ton Guangzhou Zhu­jiang New Town

Opened: March 2016 This is the flag­ship prop­erty for the Hamp­ton by Hil­ton brand in China, which treads the line be­tween of­fer­ing a re­lax­ing haven for busi­ness trav­ellers and an en­joy­able en­vi­ron­ment for fam­i­lies. Its 223 gue­strooms all con­tain beds with sig­na­ture Serta mat­tresses, and there’s a move­able desk and er­gonomic chair so you can cre­ate the right work­ing en­vi­ron­ment to suit your own tastes. Free wifi is avail­able through­out the ho­tel, and a use­ful fa­cil­ity is the 24-hour snack bar. hamp­ton.com

Park Hy­att Guangzhou

Opened: Dec 2015 This 208-room, de­sign-led lux­ury ho­tel is the brand’s sixth in China. It com­bines all the req­ui­site mod­ern ameni­ties – from tech­no­log­i­cal gad­getry to top-qual­ity din­ing and leisure of­fer­ings – with a stylish aes­thetic that man­i­fests it­self through a host of di­verse art­works and in­stal­la­tions scat­tered through­out the ho­tel. What’s more, it’s all lo­cated at the top of a sky­scraper in the new Tianhe CBD, with su­perb views south to the iconic Can­ton Tower and west to­wards the orig­i­nal city cen­tre. guangzhou.park.hy­att.com

REN­O­VA­TIONS

Worth not­ing are some ma­jor ren­o­va­tions to clas­sic Guangzhou ac­com­mo­da­tion favourites. The White Swan Ho­tel (whiteswan­ho­tel.com) on Shamian Is­land spent three years and US$123 mil­lion on a full ren­o­va­tion and facelift (com­pleted in late 2015), re­duc­ing its room count from 843 to 520 in or­der to in­crease av­er­age room size, and mod­ernising many of its public ar­eas.

The land­mark LN Gar­den Ho­tel (gar­den­ho­tel.com), mean­while, is in the midst of a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion project. All 828 rooms were given a re­fresh last year, and the restau­rants and other F&B ar­eas are cur­rently be­ing re­vamped.

The Grand Hy­att Guangzhou (guangzhou.grand.hy­att.com) was one of the first ho­tels to open in the Zhu­jiang New Town busi­ness district in 2008 (soon af­ter the Ritz-Carl­ton). Af­ter nine years and de­spite its match­less lo­ca­tion, the com­pe­ti­tion is so fierce it now needs to up­grade and re­fresh its rooms, and the plan is for re­fur­bish­ing to be­gin this sum­mer.

COM­ING SOON

The LN Gar­den Ho­tel, Nan­sha will open in Oc­to­ber this year in the Bin Hai Park area of the Nan­sha Free Trade Zone out­side the city. A re­sort-style prop­erty de­signed to look like a cruise ship, it will of­fer 365 rooms and suites, in­door and out­door pools, ten­nis courts and a bil­liards room.

A mar­quee open­ing is sched­uled for 2018, when Rose­wood

Guangzhou will open in the top 16 floors of the new 530-me­tre Guangzhou CTF Fi­nance Cen­tre – Guangzhou’s tallest build­ing and one of the ten high­est tow­ers in the world – which faces the In­ter­na­tional Fi­nance Cen­tre across the Tianhe CBD’s main park. The lux­ury prop­erty will of­fer 251 gue­strooms and 355 Rose­wood Res­i­dences (for long-stay­ing guests); The Manor Club, a res­i­den­tial-style ex­ec­u­tive lounge; and a dou­ble-level spa and health club. Event space will cover 2,250 sqm and in­clude The Pav­il­ion – a res­i­den­tial-style func­tion space; a 970 sqm grand ball­room; three func­tion rooms; two VIP rooms; and a Sky Man­sion on the 108th floor fea­tur­ing a show kitchen ter­race.

Also sched­uled to open next year is the New World Guangzhou, part of a mixed-use com­plex lo­cated in the Baiyun district just 20 min­utes’ drive from Baiyun In­ter­na­tional Air­port. The ho­tel will of­fer 279 rooms, a rooftop pool and four F&B out­lets in­clud­ing an “Asian tav­ern”, as well as the brand’s sig­na­ture Res­i­dence Club ex­ec­u­tive floors. A sub­stan­tial 2,800 sqm of event space will in­clude a 1,000 sqm ball­room and a 400 sqm lawn for out­door venues.

Clock­wise from

above: Con­rad Guangzhou; Park Hy­att Guangzhou; LN Gar­den Ho­tel, Nan­sha; and Rose­wood Guangzhou

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