the latest luxury hotel to open in guangzhou shows a city on the rise.
Is anywhere in the world experiencing a luxury hotel boom quite like Chinaâ€™s third-largest city? The newly opened Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou joins Four Seasons, which opened on the top third of the 103-story IFC building last year, while a new W hotel will begin welcoming guests in March.
Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou is located adjacent to the Taikoo Hoo retail and cultural center in Gunagzhouâ€™s Tianhe districtâ€”expect a 45-minute drive to the airport and a short cab ride to the cityâ€™s major attractions. Designed by Tony Chi, the rooms are the largest in the city. Entry-level (Deluxe) and the more expensive Mandarin rooms are decked out in a hardwood and eggshell palette with nods to British colonial styling. Both benefit from a private entrance off the hotel foyer, as well as the usual head-to-toe windows, which offer grand views over South Chinaâ€™s economic engine, while the suites begin at 108 square meters and include marble bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes.
At the spa, try Mandarinâ€™s Tian Quanâ€”a ritualized bathing treatment that takes its cue from ancient techniquesâ€”before reclining on the private sundeck. Guests traveling as a couple will find three spa suites to choose from, including the VIP suite, while a 25-meter lap pool and small army of personal trainers are also available.Â Mandarin Orientalâ€™s signature restaurant Jiang by Chef Fei may well raise the standard of Cantonese cuisine in Guangzhou. Fei is one to watch in the cityâ€”often referred to as the capital of southern Chinese cookingâ€”and if youâ€™re looking for something special beyond the Chinese tea pairing, consider one of the restaurantâ€™s eight private dining rooms. For a more casual experience, surf-and-turf restaurant Ebony applies the finishing touches to its local and organic cuts at your tableside, while down on the 1st floor, the Taikoo Loungeâ€™s resident tea expert will match dim sum with an artisanal blend.
To promote the opening, Mandarin Oriental is offering an introductory rate from US$340 until April 13.
389 Tianhe Road,Â Tianhe District;Â 86-20/3808-8888.