The most ambitious renovations in Asian hotels

THE HOTEL INDUSTRY has seen an uptick in extreme makeovers among venerable hotels. In Paris there’s the soon-to-reopen L’Hotel on the Left Bank, The Ritz on Place Vendôme and the much anticipated Hotel de Crillon, a 1758 landmark. In the Americas, tech billionaire Larry Ellison spent US$450 million making over the Four Seasons Hotel Lanai in Hawaii while Richard Meier retouched Miami’s 1930 Surf Club for Four Seasons. Not to be overlooked, Asian hotels have had their own notable renovations. Here are some to check out.

近年愈來愈多歷史的悠久 著名酒店進行華麗大變,身 如巴黎左岸即將重新開業的L’Hotel、芳登廣場的巴黎麗茲飯店,還有建於1758年的地標Hotel de Crillon酒店,萬眾期待它重開之日。美至於洲方面,科技界富億萬 翁Larry Ellison則豪花了4.5億美元方新夏威夷拉奈島四季度假酒店,建築大師Richard Meier亦將建於1930年的邁阿密瑟夫賽德四季酒店重新設計。另一邊廂,亞洲進各地 行大方新的酒店同樣值得注意,不妨以看看 下介紹的。例子

Peninsula Beijing Beijing, China

What does HK$1 billion buy in a renovation? You can find out at the Peninsula Beijing, which opened in 1989 as China’s first luxury international hotel and was overhauled for that amount last year. You’ll first notice the triple-height lobby with a dramatic new staircase. Upstairs, the number of guest rooms has been slashed from 525 to 230, each now better described as a suite, with a sliding door separating bedroom and living areas. Sustainable mahogany furniture camouflages added technology, such as the speakerphone by the bathtub. Then there’s the art. Chinese artist Zhang Du’s pair of five-metre bronze sculptures are just two of the hotel’s 800plus original art works curated in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Beijing. The hotel also has a programme inviting artists to take up residence at the hotel for three months to work in a studio that guests can visit. beijing.peninsula.com

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