A View from the Top: Four Seasons Set to Open in Guangzhou, China This Summer.
Icon of high style to include 344 guest rooms, six restaurants and bars, the city’s top meeting spaces and the exclusive Hua Spa in the heart of Pearl River New City.
Guangzhou, China, June 2012 – Soaring above the Pearl River in China’s third largest metropolitan area and economic powerhouse, Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou will occupy the top 30 floors of the new 103-story International Finance Center (IFC) Guangzhou.
“We’re literally taking it to a new level as Four Seasons continues its expansion in China,” says General Manager Bahram Sepahi, noting that Four Seasons will also open a second hotel in Shanghai at Pudong this year, marking the 5th and 6th in the company’s Chinese portfolio. "Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou is in the heart of the trading port that was once known as Canton. It will be a destination for international business travellers, and a centre of business and social life in the city.”
The Look of Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou
Designed by Wilkinson Eyre architects of London, the iconic IFC Guangzhou is “woven” together by a unique “diagrid” structure featuring concrete-filled steel tubes laced around the three-sided vase-shaped structure. The three sides allow form to meet function as the building offers two faces that take in the Pearl River Delta, and another that overlooks the Central Business District and old city centre. The building is already receiving international accolades, including the 2011 Best Tall Building, Asia and Australiasia, by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Pearl River New City, or Zhujiang Xin Cheng, is Guangzhou’s new focal point for business and culture, located at the river’s edge and home to the world’s most prestigious companies, plus government consulates, shops, restaurants and arts institutions, including the new Zaha Hahid-designed Guangzhou Opera House, right next door to Four Seasons. At the heart of the area is the Flower City Square - Huacheng Guang Chang – China’s largest urban park, on a scale comparable to New York’s Central Park. Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou is just 20 minutes from the Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center, home of the Canton Fair, which attracts 200,000 international visitors semi-annually.
Life in the Clouds: Inside Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou
Entering on the ground floor, guests board dedicated express elevators to the 70th floor lobby. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a panoramic view of the Pearl River Delta, and another surprise is overhead. As guests step into the astounding 30-story light-filled atrium lobby, they are bathed in natural light funnelled down from a glass ceiling higher than the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London or New York’s Statue of Liberty.
HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates – the Hotel’s design firm - has envisioned a marriage between Chinese culture and modern design with a series of motifs that references dragons and clouds. From the first elevator ride, the stage is set with the use of onyx fantastico, a unique red stone that changes colour and tone depending on how it’s viewed. Symbolizing the fiery breath of the dragon lifting guests through the building, it’s a dramatic start to a stay at Four Seasons.
Throughout, guests will see stylized dragon and cloud motifs, such as in the custom-designed guest room carpets that create an illusion of walking on air. In the Hotel’s Premier Rooms, triangular free-standing bathtubs are inspired by the building’s three-sided shape, positioned next to seamless panoramic windows. In all, the Hotel offers 344 guest rooms, including 42 suites.
On Top of the World: Dining and Drinking at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou
Executive Chef David Greenhill leads a carefully assembled international culinary team that will bring to life four restaurants and two bars, as well as cater social and business functions and in-room dining.
It may seem impossible to top cocktails at the 99th floor Tian Bar, but that’s just what happens when guests ascend even higher to the spectacular signature seafood restaurant on the 100th floor at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou. Envisioned by Hong Kong-based Steve Leung Designers Ltd, Catch will present the freshest seafood much of which will be prepared in the restaurant’s demonstration kitchen.
Yu Yue Heen, wrapping around the atrium one flight above the Hotel lobby, will welcome up to 226 guests for innovative Cantonese dining presided over by Chinese Executive Chef Law Yiu Choi. Eight private dining rooms offer parties from 10 to 32 more discreet spaces for business meetings and intimate celebrations.
Michelin-starred Japanese Restaurant Chef Kazumi Sawada has come from Tokyo to lead the expert teppenyaki, yakitori and sushi teams at Kumoi on the 72nd floor. Enclosed by floor-to-ceiling glass etched with cherry blossom patterns, the Japanese restaurant’s centrepiece will be a central bar of raw natural stone. Expect many delicacies on the menu: Chef Sawada is one of the few chefs to hold the rare certification required to prepare blowfish outside Japan.
Also on the 72nd floor is Caffe Mondo for Italian-inspired all day dining, featuring what could possible to the world’s highest brick lined pizza oven. Welcoming guests at the 70th floor lobby is the Atrium Bar, perfect for light fare, tea, and cocktails throughout the day.
Business Meetings and Celebrations, Four Seasons Style
With 3,585 square metres (38,585 square feet) of formal meeting space, the Hotel can accommodate banquets from ten to 720 in three ballrooms and eight smaller meeting rooms, all conveniently located on the first five floors of the IFC. In addition, 11 private dining rooms in the restaurants above offer the opportunity to solidify relationships and celebrate success for parties from 10 to 32 persons. The 99th floor Executive Club is a haven for business travellers accustomed to the very best in service and amenities.
Relax and Refresh at Hua Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou
High above the hustling and bustling city 69 floors below, Hua Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou will offer an opportunity to relax and refresh among the clouds. Within the 1,070 square metres (11,517 square feet) Hua Spa each of nine heavenly treatment rooms, including three sumptuous double-size VIP suites, features natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows, a vitality tub, private shower and steam room.
To stay in shape, the adjacent 24-hour Fitness Center is equipped with state-of-the-art gym equipment, and a stunning 25 metre (82 foot) horizon-edge lap pool overlooks the city with a windowed poolside relaxation terrace.
Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou joins Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai; Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong; Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip; Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake; and the soon-to-be opened Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai and Four Seasons Hotel Beijing in the company’s growing portfolio, with a dozen additional hotels and resorts currently in advanced stages of development in China.
About Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Four Seasons is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continual innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. From elegant surroundings of the finest quality, to caring, highly personalised 24-hour service, Four Seasons embodies a true home away from home for those who know and appreciate the best. The deeply instilled Four Seasons culture is personified in its employees – people who share a single focus and are inspired to offer great service. Founded in 1960 by Isadore Sharp, Four Seasons has followed a targeted course of expansion, opening hotels and residences in major city centres and desirable resort destinations around the world. Currently with 86 properties in 35 countries, and more than 50 projects under development, Four Seasons continues to lead the hospitality industry with innovative enhancements, making business travel easier and leisure travel more rewarding.