Marking the First International Luxury Brand to Open in Changsha, The Meixi Lake Hotel is Poised to Set a New Benchmark For Luxury Hospitality in China’s Hunan Province
Changsha, China (October 2016) – The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), announced the opening of The Meixi Lake Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Changsha, in China’s burgeoning Hunan region. As the storied city’s first international luxury hotel, The Meixi Lake Hotel joins The Luxury Collection’s rapidly expanding portfolio in China, which currently includes the legendary Astor Hotel in Tianjin, Twelve at Hengshan and The Hongta Hotel in Shanghai, The Royal Begonia Resort in Sanya, The Azure Qiantang in Hangzhou, The Castle Hotel in Dalian and The Grand Mansion in Nanjing.
“The opening of The Meixi Lake Hotel is a momentous occasion for the brand, as we continue to strengthen The Luxury Collection’s presence in China,” said Meredith Dichter, Global Brand Director, The Luxury Collection. “Boasting a portfolio of more than 100 hotels around the world, The Luxury Collection offers global explorers the chance to experience some of the world’s most inspiring destinations while enjoying the brand’s exceptional service and inimitable style.”
The Meixi Lake Hotel is an oasis of sophisticated hospitality, seamlessly blending 3,000 years of history with modern urban culture and commerce. With an ideal setting in the midst of the dynamic Meixi Lake Zone – a new area for business, retail and entertainment – the 52-story landmark tower is situated next to The Mall of Splendors, Changsha’s exciting new retail destination which overlooks the stunning, Zaha Hadid-designed Meixi Lake International Culture & Arts Center.
“From the natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and ancient historical sites, to a new, vibrant entertainment and retail scene, The Meixi Lake Hotel is located at the ideal location from which to fully experience Changsha,” said Mr. Eddie Tang, General Manager, Meixi Lake Hotel. “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors from around the globe, offering them an indigenous travel experience in this energetic, multifaceted city.”
The hotel’s design is inspired by the famous poem “Journey to the Immortal Peach Garden” by Tao Yuanming, a seminal piece of Chinese utopian literature about a local fisherman who travels upstream and discovers a hidden paradise behind a grove of blossoming peach trees. Artistic elements and interior design echo the tranquillity and beauty of Tao’s secret utopian grove. From textured walls to recessed lighting to lush carpet – each area creates a transitional space. With exterior architecture by Callison RTKL, interior by HBA and all dining venues designed by Rockwell Group, the hotel’s aesthetic is the modern embodiment of Tao’s vision.
The Meixi Lake Hotel features 310 spacious and elegantly designed guest rooms, including six suites and an expansive 3,000 square-foot Presidential Suite. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the Yuelu Mountain and the serene Meixi Lake from the comfort of their rooms. The hotel also offers an array of guest amenities, including a heated indoor swimming pool and a luxury spa with 14 treatment rooms, and almost 33,000 square feet of event space on the third level overlooking Meixi Lake including meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom.
Guests can choose from four distinct culinary experiences including the Lobby Lounge, a contemporary bar offering a selection of signature cocktails and authentic teas; The Field, an all-day dining restaurant; The Peach Garden, a farm-to-table concept that uses fresh ingredients for innovative Hunan and Cantonese specialties, and finally, the Chic & Twist on 5, a stylish steakhouse and wine cellar that transitions into a late night lounge with live music.
“We are thrilled to launch the eighth hotel within The Luxury Collection Hotel & Resorts brand in Greater China, and this opening also marks Marriott International’s first-ever luxury hotel in this historical city.” said Mr Stephen Ho, Chief Executive Officer, Greater China, Marriott International. “The growth of The Luxury Collection reflects the heightened demand for experiential luxury travel and we will continue to offer unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories for our guests.”
As part of The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, the hotel will offer The Luxury Collection Concierge service to help discerning guests explore and unlock the very best of the destination. Each Luxury Collection Concierge is a bilingual, certified destination expert, proudly wearing the “clef d’or”, the gilt insignia of the celebrated international concierge society, and eager to reveal the secret treasures of their city.