French hospitality group Accor’s luxury hotel arm, Sofitel, had unveiled a new property in China’s “industrial boomtown” of Xian.
The recently opened Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian is the 19th property the company has acquired in Greater China and is also part of the brand’s Legend Collection, comprised of historic luxury hotels across the world. The property was first opened as the State Guesthouse in 1953, complete with a large garden and French-influenced design by Hong Qing, chief architect of the Northwest Institute of Architectural Design. Accor commissioned Joe Cheng, chief executive and chairman of Hong Kong-based Cheng Chung Designs, to refurbish the property but retain its French flair.
“As the first Legend hotel in Accor China’s portfolio and only the fifth in the group’s world map, we feel this beautiful property strikes the perfect note of French elegance in the heart of this timeless city, with its long history as a cultural crossroads at the start of the Silk Road,” Accor Greater China chief operating officer Paul Richardson told Business Traveler.
Featuring “lofty ceilings and spacious interiors,” the 71-room hotel offers such amenities as French-designed floral arrangements, toiletries from Hermès, and personalized butler service. There is also a private museum, authentic Italian restaurant, garden, swimming pool, and spa. Located in Renmin Square, a 40,000 sqm hotel complex managed by Accor, the property is also connected to the nearby Grand Theatre and Convention Centre, making it an ideal location for meetings and events. For visitors interested in sight-seeing, the city’s prime cuisine and attractions are also within walking distance of the hotel.
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