The Luxe List 2013: W Guangzhou, Guangzhou

  • The impressive lobby of the W Guangzhou features a 19-meter-tall waterfall.

    The impressive lobby of the W Guangzhou features a 19-meter-tall waterfall.

  • The hotel is W Group's first property in mainland China.

    The hotel is W Group's first property in mainland China.

  • The hotel boasts 317 rooms and suites, crafted by Yabu Pushelberg.

    The hotel boasts 317 rooms and suites, crafted by Yabu Pushelberg.

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The first W hotel in Mainland China is a statement of style amid an ever-evolving landscape of soaring skyscrapers near the Pearl River. An illuminated 19-meter-tall waterfall greets guests before they enter the cathedral-like dimensions of a lobby adorned with murals, leather pod chairs, gold-tinted glass, and copious dark-veined marble. The 317 rooms and suites, crafted by New York’s Yabu Pushelberg, are styled in seven themes, with each offering an espresso machine, Bose surround-sound system, spa-style bath lighting, and Bliss bath products. Standout dining options include I by Inagiku, which features a spectacular outdoor garden and a sake bar, and Yan Yu, created by Jeremy Leung, serving Cantonese cuisine. Designed to impress is FeiUltralounge, a three-story club and cocktail lounge that epitomizes the “New China Chic” to which W Guangzhou aspires.

26 Xiancun Lu, Tianhe District; 86-20/6628-6628; W Guangzhou website; doubles from US$243

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