The Fairmont Hangzhou, announced in late September, will feature 300 rooms, five dining establishments, a health club, swimming pool and spa, and more than 32,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.
The project will also include 180 Fairmont Residences, with access to private concierge services and other exclusive amenities.
FRHI Hotels & Resorts, the parent company of Fairmont, and Hengli Management Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Zhong An Real Estate Limited, are developing the hotel.
The hotel will be located atop the city’s tallest building in the heart of Qianjiang Century CBD, a new central area of Hangzhou. The area will house large-scale meeting and convention venues, Grade A office towers, high-end residences and commercial and retail spaces.
One of China’s most beautiful cities
The capital city of Zhejiang province, Hangzhou is located in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta region in Eastern China. (The picture to the left shows the central business district where the new Fairmont will be located.)
Often called one of China’s most beautiful cities, Hangzhou is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, West Lake. The site features temples, pagodas and gardens and has not only served as inspiration to countless poets and painters, but is believed to be an important influence on garden designers throughout China and Asia.
“We continue to expand our footprint in China and are excited to be adding a hotel in a major domestic market like Hangzhou,” Jennifer Fox, president of FRHI International and Fairmont Brand, said in a statement.
“It’s a city that is renowned for its culture, history and beauty, as well as a destination that attracts both domestic and international travelers.”
The iconic Canadian brand Fairmont merged with Raffles and Swissotel Hotels & Resorts into FRHI Holdings Limited in 2006 when Colony Capital and Kingdom Hotels International acquired the three brands.
The Fairmont brand is associated with luxury. The chain originated in 1907 with the opening of the Fairmont San Francisco in the Nob Hill District. Since then, the chain has gathered some of the world’s most distinctive hotels under its banner, including the Banff Springs Hotel, The Savoy in London, Quebec City’s Le Chateau Frontenac, and the Plaza in New York.
Fairmont hotels have also played a supporting role in many historic events, such as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meeting with U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King to draft plans for the Allied Forces’ campaigns overseas; John Lennon and Yoko Ono staging their first bed-in-for-peace at the Queen Elizabeth in Montreal; and Tony Bennett debuting his classic I Left My Heart in San Francisco in the Venetian Room at Golden Gate Bridge city’s Fairmont hotel.
Fairmont already in China
The brand already operates a number of hotels in China, including the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, the Fairmont Beijing, and four others.
Nor is Fairmont the only hotelier looking at China, despite the recent variables in the country’s economic fortune. Four Seasons currently has seven hotels in China with another 13 under development, according to a recent article on the Business News Network.
The country’s slow growth earlier this year concerned economists, but a renewed vigour in the manufacturing sector has reassured watchers China’s economy may be on the rebound.