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January 18, 2017
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Roundup: New Ritz-Carlton Latest Major China Hotel




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Today in the meetings and events industry we’re watching some major event hotel news in China

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company just opened its first golf resort in China, The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou, on Hainan Island. Set within the 350-acre Blackstone Course that weaves its way around the Mission Hills Golf Club, the new luxury resort offers planners 3,500 square meters of banquet facilities for conferences and celebrations. Spaces include a 1,350 square meter Grand Ballroom, two Junior Ballrooms (275 square meters each), seven Meeting Rooms and one Boardroom. A manicured Fairway Lawn is also available for weddings and outdoor events. The resort also has 175 rooms, 16 suites and a rooftop bar and patio, dubbed Flair Bar, that serves cocktails with local fruits like lychee. Guests can also check out the Tin Lung Heen Cantonese fine dining restaurant or the Terra restaurant, which serves a variety of cuisines from a rotating chef lineup. There is also a spa and a special Golfer’s Yoga on the lawn. 

The new resort marks the latest in a string of major openings and renovations in China. Also on Hainan Island, the Sanya Edition opened this past November, marking the latest entry in Ian Schrager’s Edition luxury hotel brand. That hotel has a 14,000 square foot Grand Ballroom with seating for 900 guests, making it one of the largest ballroom spaces in Haitang Bay, as well as 512 residential-style guest rooms, including 46 suites and an additional 17 villas on a terraced hillside, each of which has a private pool and private outdoor space. All guest rooms have ocean views. 

This past May, the 249 room and suite Langham, Haikou opened in a location near the center of the Hainan provincial capital. This past summer, the Wanda Reign on the Bund, billed as Shanghai’s first “seven-star hotel,” opened with 193 guest rooms, including 14 suites, and views of the Huangpu River and Pudong, as well as amenities like wireless control dashboards, valet service boxes and five different restaurants. The Peninsula Beijing recently completed a major renovation, reducing its room count to 525 and enlarging each one to be more suite like. Looking ahead, the Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li is scheduled to open this March in a set of heritage buildings in Shanghai’s historic district. It will have 55 “shikumen” villas serviced by personal assistants, as well as a library, French brasserie, spa and retail space. 

In other major hotel news, the boutique W Hotels brand just signed a deal to move into Budapest. The W Budapest will be housed in the Drechsler Palace on Andrassy Avenue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Palace will be fully renovated before the hotel opens, when it will have 162 guest rooms and suites, three meeting and event spaces, including a Great Room for larger celebrations, an Away Spa, FIT fitness center, and WET pool. 

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