The Ritz-Carlton Debuts in Nanjing

Travelers bound for eastern China’s second-largest city should book themselves into this new high-rise retreat.

The living room of an Executive suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing. (Photo: Marriott International)

The latest addition to The Ritz-Carlton’s portfolio of luxury properties in Greater China, The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing enjoys a prominent position in Xinjiekou, the city’s central business district. From its perch in the uppermost floors of the 62-story Deji Plaza, the hotel offers sweeping views over the cityscape toward Xuanwu Lake and the forested slopes of Purple Mountain. The vistas aren’t the only thing to ogle over: Tokyo-based firm Design Studio SPIN—which was also behind a recent revamp of The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo—gave the brand-new property sumptuous interiors nodding to Chinese culture and heritage. At The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing, the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water are a recurring metaphor, and decadent detailing reflects Nanjing’s rich history as one of China’s four great ancient capitals.

The 295 rooms here include 32 suites with kitchen and dining areas. Those staying in The Ritz-Carlton Club rooms will have 24-hour access to a dedicated club lounge on the 58th floor, while all guests are invited take part in the Lotus Lantern Ritual conducted at sunset every evening, when dimmed lights and classical Chinese music set the tone for refreshments of locally grown Yuhua green tea and bite-size snacks, served by staff members dressed in traditional attire.

Inside a Deluxe room at The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing. (Photo: Marriott International)

German executive chef Sven Wunram—who previously did stints at luxury hotels in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and the Cayman Islands—has been brought on board to oversee the property’s five dining and drinking venues. With as many as 50 dishes on the menu, Pin Ning Fu spotlights the celebrated food of Nanjing and the surrounding province of Jiangsu; Dai Yuet Heen plates up fine Cantonese cuisine; while all-day dining venue Lavandula offers both Chinese and international fare with a focus on French Provençal flavors. The Lobby Lounge is just the place to enjoy classic cocktails, afternoon tea, and light bites; and panoramic views await at the rooftop bar and restaurant FLAIR, where patrons can pair tapas with boutique gins or whiskeys and creative concoctions.

Aside from making use of the hotel’s indoor pool, 24-hour gym, and yoga studio, wellness-minded guests should also leave time to unwind at the The Ritz-Carlton Spa. Therapists harness local ingredients such as lotus flowers and mineral-infused Yuhua stones to deliver muscle-melting treatments in eight rooms, including two couple’s suites.

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