Sofitel Luxury Hotels Expands Footprint in China
Monday June 9th, 2014 - 9:54AM B
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XIAN, CHINA—Sofitel Luxury Hotels has brought the total number of hotels in Greater China to 19 with the addition of Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel Xian here.
This property is the first Sofitel Legend in China and the fifth Sofitel Legend worldwide. It features 71 rooms and suites with French touches such as Hermés toiletries and French-designed floral arrangements.
Opened in 1953 as the State Guesthouse, the 71-room hotel was designed by Hong Qing, Chief Architect of the Northwest Institute of Architectural Design. Hong Qing sited the building in a garden, which was formerly part of the grounds of an imperial palace, and incorporated French touches such as the fleur-de-lis as a recurring motif.
Additional features of the hotel include personalized butler service, a garden setting, private health club, swimming pool and spa, an Italian restaurant, a top-floor Louis XIII Bar and a private museum.
The People's Grand Hotel Xian is part of Renmin Square, an extensive hotel complex located inside Ming Dynasty city walls in the heart of heart of historic Xian, all under Accor's management.
"It is very fitting that the first Legend hotel in Accor's portfolio should be located in the beautiful heart of this timeless city that is filled with history," stated Michael Issenberg, chairman and COO for Accor Asia Pacific. “Following extensive renovation and preparation, we are so pleased to share the exceptional service and traditional Chinese hospitality of this Sofitel Legend in Xian in a truly legendary setting.”
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