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 China’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 Gunagzhou’s Tianhe district—expect a 45-minute drive to the airport and a short cab ride to the city’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 China’s economic engine, while the suites begin at 108 square meters and include marble bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes.
At the spa, try Mandarin’s Tian Quan—a ritualized bathing treatment that takes its cue from ancient techniques—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. Mandarin Oriental’s signature restaurant Jiang by Chef Fei may well raise the standard of Cantonese cuisine in Guangzhou. Fei is one to watch in the city—often referred to as the capital of southern Chinese cooking—and if you’re looking for something special beyond the Chinese tea pairing, consider one of the restaurant’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 Lounge’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, Tianhe District; 86-20/3808-8888.