Accor opens 200th Greater China property in Chengdu

Fairmont Chengdu Lobby

Accorhotels has opened its 200th property in Greater China and its debut Fairmont-brand hotel in western China, the Fairmont Chengdu. The property is also the first new Fairmont hotel to open since Accor finalised its acquisition of FRHI Hotels and Resorts and its three luxury brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swisshotel in July last year.

Situated in Chengdu’s “Hi-tech Zone” at Tianfu Middle Avenue, the property is about 25 minutes by road from Shuangliu International Airport and close to the upcoming Tianfu International Airport.

“The strategic location of Fairmont in the fast-changing city of Chengdu symbolises an important growth strategy for the group’s luxury brand development in the China market,” said Michel Molliet, Accorhotels Greater China COO.

A total of 336 rooms and suites are offered at the property, while four restaurants with seven dining concepts make up the F&B offerings. These include the three-storey Cube Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar, Sichuan restaurant Chang Yi, and Manhattan, due to open on the top floors of the hotel in mid-2017 and set to be among the highest restaurants and bars in the city.

Leisure facilities comprise a fitness centre and indoor pool, and a Willow Stream Spa by Fairmont (due to open in March). Eleven meeting and function rooms, including a 730-sqm ballroom, comprise its MICE facilities.

Accor first entered Greater China three decades ago and its Fairmont Chengdu joins existing properties, the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, the Fairmont Yangcheng Lake in Kunshan and the Fairmont in Beijing.

Fairmont offering 35 per cent off premium guestrooms


In the lead up to the Lunar New Year later this month, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is offering travellers discounts of up to 35 per cent when booking its premium Fairmont Gold guestrooms and suites at select properties. The promotion runs until February 11, for stays taking place between January 25 and February 12.

Targeting the large flow of travellers from mainland China during the holiday period, the group has extended its offer to cater to both domestic and international travellers. Among the properties taking part in the promotion are the Fairmont Yangcheng Lake resort located on the outskirts of Suzhou in China’s east, Fairmont Beijing, Fairmont Nanjing, Fairmont Chengdu – which opened in mid-2016 – and The Bund at Fairmont Peace in Shanghai’s central Huangpu district.

Meanwhile, three of the hotel group’s European hotels are also offering discounts – Fairmont Monte Carlo in Monaco, Fairmont Le Montreux in Switzerland and Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv in Ukraine.

Raffles Hotel Singapore to undergo restoration

Raffles Hotel Singapore Facade

Singapore heritage property Raffles Hotel Singapore will be undergoing an extensive restoration programme, starting January 2017. The refurbishment marks the first restoration of the property since 1991, when the property closed for two and a half years.

The renovation will be conducted over the course of three phases in order to ensure the work has a minimal impact on regular operations, however the property is expected to close near the end of 2017 for the final phase. The newly restored property will then reopen in the second quarter of 2018.

The first phase will begin restoration work on the property’s arcade, which includes about 40 shops, The Ballroom and The Lawn indoor and outdoor function areas, as well as F&B offerings including the hotel’s Long bar, known as the home of the Singapore Sling cocktail. During the first and second phases of the restoration, the iconic drink will be served at the Bar & Billiard Room.

Beginning in mid-2017, the second restoration phase will include the main hotel building and the lobby, along with a portion of the hotel suites, before its scheduled closure towards the end of the year.

Speaking about the refurbishment, Simon Hirst, general manager of the hotel, said: “This restoration is designed to ensure that we retain what is so special about Raffles Hotel Singapore – the ambiance, the service, the charm and the heritage of the hotel. We have always changed and evolved to keep in step with the needs and expectations of our guests – this has been one of the secrets of our success for more than a century.

“This extraordinary undertaking will also re-imagine the facilities, spaces and experiences within the hotel to delight the well-travelled and the community. By introducing new experiences for our guests while respecting the history and heritage of the hotel, we want to ensure that this hotel continues to remain at the epicentre of Singapore’s social and cultural scene.”

The restoration will be conducted by architecture firm Aedas Singapore, which in the past has conducted refurbishment projects on properties including the London Coliseum. The interiors, meanwhile, will be overseen by designer Alexandra Champalimaud, whose previous work has included the Waldorf Astoria in New York and The Dorchester in London.

Comprising a total of 103 suites, Raffles Hotel Singapore was declared a National Monument in 1987 by the Singapore government.