The Luxe List 2015

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The guest room in The Grand Mansion.

The Luxe List 2015: The Grand Mansion, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nanjing, China

With a history as the capital of six Chinese dynasties, Nanjing has finally welcomed a luxury hotel worthy of its cultured past. Along with the adjoining Oriental Metropolitan Museum, the Grand Mansion’s construction was prompted by the discovery of third-century castle ruins on the site, and its I. M. Pei−built sandstone facade now strikes a stately presence on Changjiang Road, overlooking the historic rooftops of the Presidential Palace. Inside, understated interiors by HBA recall a private noble mansion from the early 1900s—when the Republic of China was ruled from Nanjing —with intimate spaces, parquet floors, and handcrafted textiles. The Traveler Library in the lobby atrium is lined with three-story-high bookshelves, making for a sophisticated spot to sip a signature Mandarin Sidecar, and the 158 rooms are calming and spacious with soft gold hues; get a balcony room overlooking Xu Garden, where black swans glide across a pond. Dressed in lustrous dark woods, the Xuan Ling Ge restaurant serves local cuisine, including Nanjing’s famous salted duck, while at the Atrium, guests can dine among lively open kitchens or in the sunken garden beside a partially unearthed section of an ancient city wall.

86-25/8435-5888;Starwood Hotels; doubles from US$280

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