Starwood to Open Element Hotel in China
Thursday July 11th, 2013 - 9:57AM PB
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SUZHOU, CHINA—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. signed an agreement with Suzhou Science and Technology Town Kexin Cultural Tourism Development Co., Ltd. to open a new-build Element hotel here in Suzhou Science and Technology Town (SSTT), an eco-city adjacent to the commercial and administrative center of the city’s high-tech industrial development zone.
Slated for completion in mid-2015, the Element Suzhou hotel marks the brand’s entry into Asia Pacific, as well as the presence of all of Starwood’s nine brands in the region.
Located at the intersection of Jialingjiang and Wuyishan Roads, Element Suzhou will be situated in SSTT. Since 2003, over 150 state-level research institutes, R&D organizations, tech-based innovative companies, training organizations and outsourcing and design companies have settled in SSTT.
Element Suzhou will be near to all parts of the city, including the Sunan Shuofang International Airport, Taihu Lake and downtown Suzhou. Element Suzhou’s 190 sustainable guestrooms will feature the signature Heavenly Bed, a fluid design of modular furniture, swiveling flat-screen TVs, large desks and custom-designed closets. Bathrooms will be spa-inspired, with a rain shower and dual-flush toilet.
In addition, the hotel will offer approximately 10,764 square feet of meeting space, a well-equipped business center, a 24-hour fitness center and an indoor heated swimming pool.
Launched in 2008, the Element brand mandates that all of its properties pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for high-performance buildings.
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When you hear all the lodging industry projections for the months and years to come, much of the robust growth is forecast to be the result of the expected influx of travelers from China. In what could only be seen as good news for the industry, that expectation moved a little closer to reality when President Obama signed a visa waiver extension for Chinese travelers earlier this month.