As China’s economy and luxurious tastes continue to grow, the world’s finest hoteliers are stepping up their game to ensure that Chinese guests are welcomed and receive VIP treatments.
The 430 members of the elite hotel group The Leading Hotels of the World have been working at a breakneck pace to ensure that Chinese guests feel all the comforts of home even in far-flung cities around the world. Ted Teng, the CEO of The Leading Hotels of the World, put it like this: “Throughout the Leading Hotels, efforts are being made by many of our member hotels to welcome this new wave of luxury travelers. From ‘little things’ such as offering localized menus and welcome messages in Chinese to full Chinese breakfast and room service items, to specially created tours and shopping experiences. In this global society, affluent travelers expect to have the comforts they are used to at home in the world’s fine hotels while they explore different cultures, and in this respect the Chinese traveler is no different to the American or the European.”
Now Chinese guests will find hotels that will cater to their every fancy throughout the world:
Though you wouldn’t know it from media coverage, this city has more to offer the Chinese tourists than just the Olympic Games. Less fleeting attractions may be found at The Ritz London, which was the first British hotel to accept the China Union Pay (CUP) credit card for all accommodation expenses. Also, The Landmark London is one of just two hotels that offers a complete Chinese breakfast. They also supply a convenient welcome pack in Mandarin to inform guests of everything the need to know about the city.
Between parents scouting prestigious universities for their children and fashionistas romping around Fifth Avenue, New York has always been a popular destination for the Chinese tourist. Accommodations like the Hotel Plaza Athenee New York make the city all the more tantalizing by offering guests tours in Mandarin or the ability to go on real-estate outings with a broker and a translator. Luxury labels like Vacheron Constantin and jeweler David Yurman have also partnered with Athenee to offer guests personal shopping experiences.
The top choice for Chinese tourists here is the Hotel Okura Amsterdam. The CUP credit card is also accepted here, and Chinese newspapers and television stations are offered for guests to enjoy.
The Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo boasts the 2-Michelin star Joel Robuchon restaurant, which offers chopsticks. The Metropole here offers many little touches – such as green tea and Chinese magazines. “Special Bento-style boxes are also available on the room service menu and Chinese guests are accompanied by a guide on tours,” reports eTravel Blackboard Asia.
Hotel Arcadia Bratislava offers quite impressive features to Chinese travelers, beginning with a Chinese letter of welcome and extending to a Chinese breakfast buffet, Chinese TV channels, and even a special smoking room.
The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi is no stranger to offering superb Chinese amenities. The House of Ming, Delhi’s first Cantonese and Szechuan restaurant, has been serving guests since 1978.The hotel also offers a Chinese sightseeing itinerary and a Luxury Oriental Suite.
The Windsor Hotel TOYA Resort & Spa offers guests traditional dumplings upon arrival and hosts festivities for the Chinese New Year.
Cape Grace has joined forces with Platandia, Africa’s top luxury jewelry brand, to offer a unique African shopping experience right in one’s suite. Consultation with the master goldsmith to discuss bespoke options is also available.
photo credit: ritz london