The Luxury Collection Grows Footprint in China

NANJING, CHINA—The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, has opened The Grand Mansion, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nanjing, in the capital of China’s Jiangsu province. Marking the brand’s seventh hotel in China, The Grand Mansion furthers the global expansion of The Luxury Collection, which will surpass 100 hotels globally by the end of this year.

In China, The Grand Mansion joins a portfolio that includes The Azure Qiantang in Hangzhou, The Castle Hotel in Dalian, Twelve at Hengshan and The Hongta Hotel in Shanghai, The Royal Begonia in Sanya and the Astor Hotel in Tianjin.

“The rapid growth of The Luxury Collection brand in China reflects a robust demand for high-end hospitality from an increasingly affluent market, where domestic travel continues to thrive,” said Hoyt H. Harper II, global brand leader, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “We are thrilled to debut The Grand Mansion—a hotel that is at once a portal to the rich cultural heritage of Nanjing and a gateway to experience the city’s contemporary art, design and cuisine.”

The Grand Mansion is located on the historic Chanjiang Road, near the Oriental Metropolitan Museum on the archeological site of the Jiankang Palace. Steps away from the Presidential Palace, The Grand Mansion features 158 guestrooms, including 15 suites and a Presidential Suite.

Led by I.M. Pei Architects with HBA Interior Design, the hotel’s design draws inspiration from Nanjing’s time as the nation’s capital during its Ming-dynasty apogee and then again as the capital of the Republic of China in the early 20th century, according to the brand. Evoking the residential feel of a private noble home, such as that of the nation’s founding father Sun Yat Sen, the hotel features an art collection, handcrafted textiles, chinaware and a collection of books on local history and culture.

The designed public spaces of The Grand Mansion harken back to the city’s celebrated era. Sun-drenched and surrounded by rooftop windows, The Travellers’ Library is one of China’s largest hotel libraries with a collection of 3,000 books as well as local antiques and global treasures that pay tribute to numerous voyages by global explorers around the world, according to Starwood.

The Grand Mansion also presents guests with a range of leisure facilities, such as a fitness center, indoor heated pool and luxurious spa. It presents flexible meeting spaces, including a grand ballroom spanning nearly 6000 sq. ft. and seven meeting rooms.