The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed an agreement to manage a five star hotel in Chongqing, China, an important travel destination in Western China. The city also serves as the launch pad for trips down the Yangtze River.
Opening is 2016, the hotel will form part of a mixed use project to be located in the Jiangbeizui Central Business District. The Jiangbeizui Central Business District will occupy a 226 hectare site.
Upon completion the multi-use project will house most of the city’s banks and financial institutions, all of which will be within walking distance of the 231 room hotel, which will occupy the top floors of a 248 metre high tower.
All of the hotel’s rooms, suites, and serviced apartments will have panoramic views of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers, Jiangbeizui Central Park, and the skyline of the Yuzhong Peninsula.
The Mandarin Oriental, Chongqing, will have five food and beverage outlets serving both Chinese and international cuisine. There will also be a Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop.
The hotel will have full conference facilities including a 1,200 square metre grand ballroom. There will also be a full service spa, extensive fitness facilities, and a heated indoor swimming pool.
Richard Baker, Executive Vice President, Operations Director – Asia of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (left) and Zhang Yu-Xi, Chairman of Chongqing Fortune Hill Real Estate Co., Ltd, with Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd and Chongqing Fortune Hill Real Estate Co., Ltd senior management at the Signing Ceremony for Mandarin Oriental, Chongqing. Photo Credit: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.
“We look forward to introducing Mandarin Oriental’s renowned 21st century luxury with Oriental charm to this important region of China,” says Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental.
“The premier location of Mandarin Oriental, Chongqing, underpinned by our Group’s core strengths of design and architecture, holistic spas, innovative dining, and legendary service will position the hotel as the most luxurious in this exciting city.”
The owner and developer of the project is Chongqing Fortune Hill Real Estate Co., Ltd. The US based international architectural firm, Arquitectonica, has been appointed to design the hotel.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Mandarin Oriental to create what is set to be the most sophisticated luxury hotel in Chongqing,” says Zhang Yu-xi, Chairman of Chongqing Fortune Hill Real Estate Co., Ltd.
“Mandarin Oriental’s renowned position as one of the world’s leading hotel operators, as well as the Group’s reputation for excellence, matches our vision for this truly remarkable site.”
Formerly spelled Chungking, Chongqing is one of four Chinese cities that are not a part of provinces, reporting directly to national government in Beijing.
Chongqing is an important centre for industry and commerce. It is an important travel destination business travelers.
Popular with leisure travelers, Chongqing serves as a launch pad for excursions to the scenic Three Gorges area, one of China’s most popular tourist attractions.
Many leisure travelers also embark on passenger cruises down the Yangtze River from Chongqing.
Chongqing served as a temporary national capital for seven years during World War II. It has many museums and historically significant sites from that era.