Rosewood Guangzhou has officially opened its doors in a soft opening.
Location in Guangzhou’s Tianhe business district, the luxury hotel occupies the top 39 floors of the 108-storey CTF Finance Centre, the seventh tallest building in the world. Reaching 530 metres at the highest point, Rosewood Guangzhou is also the tallest five-star hotel in the world.
The news follows recent openings of new Rosewood properties in Hong Kong and Bangkok earlier this year.
Guestrooms and residences
The new hotel has 251 guestrooms, including 31 suites and four duplex suites. Room sizes start from 55-sqm, and the design features “comfortable and calming interiors with an earthy palette and pops of soft rose”.
The majority of the guestrooms overlook the Pearl River, while all of them offer views of the city’s business district and greater metropolitan area.
The suites and duplex accommodations feature custom furnishings, distinct living areas, walk-in closets and bathrooms with free-standing tubs and dual vanities. Signature suites include the Rosewood Terrace Suite, the only suite with its own private terrace; the Xi Guan House, which stretches across two floors and is equipped with an open kitchen and private jacuzzi; and the Canton House, which is akin to a presidential suite.
Suite guests also have access to the Manor Club executive lounge and 24-hour personal butler service. The Manor Club, perched on the 108th floor with wraparound terraces, is reserved for Club Room and suites guests, who can enjoy à la carte dining and cocktails throughout the day, as well as intimate check-in and check-out services.
In addition to the hotel’s guestrooms and suites, the property is also home to the 355-unit Rosewood Residences Guangzhou, where there are 76 studios, 160 one-bedroom apartments, 96 two-bedroom apartments and 23 duplexes designed for longer stays. Each apartment is equipped with in-room washing machines and a full kitchen with an oven and dishwasher. Residence guests enjoy added benefits and services such as private elevator access, butler service, a personal chef, shopping assistants, grocery delivery, drivers and catering.
In terms of dining, Rosewood Guangzhou houses seven dining options, all of which have its own terrace for al fresco dining. Located on the fifth floor, Lingnan House is the hotel’s Chinese restaurant that offers Cantonese cuisine. Connected to Lingnan House via a staircase, Brick Lane on the sixth floor is the hotel’s bar, which serves beer, wine, cocktails and pub food. Sesame on the street level is a grab-and-go eatery, patisserie and deli, with a goal to become a new café option for local residents as well.
Patina Living Room and Patina European Brassiere & Terrace on the 95th floor are the all-day dining options in the hotel, while Brick Iron, located on the 107th floor, is the highest restaurant and bar in Mainland China. It features exquisite Japanese cuisine and has a cigar humidor area. The adjacent Sky Bar offers cocktails and a list of rare wines, whiskies and sake.
Meeting and event space
Rosewood Guangzhou has a total of around 3,250-sqm of meeting and event space. The event venues include three galleries, two VIP rooms, one bridal room, five meeting rooms, a 958-sqm grand ballroom and the Sky Mansion on the 108th floor.
The grand ballroom, with a ceiling height of 7.9 metres, is equipped with a pre-function foyer, bridal suite and a reception space, and can accommodate up to 700 guests. As for the Sky Mansion on the 108th floor, there’s a VIP suite, private bar, open kitchen and outdoor rooftop terrace with private elevator access.
Spanning across the 93rd and 94th floors, the hotel’s wellness centre includes a spa, relaxation lounge, yoga studio, fitness centre and a 25-metre-long indoor pool. According to the hotel, the 2,628-sqm Sense spa is the largest spa and fitness facility among hotels in southern China, while the fitness centre also offers several fitness programmes and services such as group classes (including yoga and barre), nutrition consultations, personal training and physiotherapy.
Long-stay guests and local residents can join the hotel’s Wellness Club membership, which includes access to the spa and fitness centre, as well as an exclusive club lounge where there’s a living room area, pantry, healthy meals and a juice bar.
The hotel says it has the world’s fastest elevator with a speed of 21 metres per second, and that it’s China’s first 5G-enabled hotel.
“As one of the fastest growing cities in mainland China, Guangzhou has been – and will continue to be – a major contributor to economic growth. The city is well on its way becoming a global megacity with increasing international influence, as the country’s vision for the Greater Bay Area comes to fruition, and we are thrilled to open Rosewood Guangzhou during this ambitious ascent,” says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group.
“Rosewood Guangzhou is our second urban outpost for the Rosewood brand in mainland China and we look forward to the property offering a differentiated vision for a modern urban lifestyle in the country. Building on the momentum set in motion by Rosewood Beijing, Rosewood Sanya and Rosewood Hong Kong, as our fourth property in the Greater China region, we look forward to the property setting new benchmarks for style and sophistication. Excitingly, alongside the newly-opened Rosewood Hong Kong, the Rosewood brand will now be able to offer a distinguished, modern and inspired hotel experience at both ends of the Greater Bay Area.”
Rosewood also plans to open several new properties in the Greater China region, including Chengdu, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Ningbo and Taipei, between 2023 and 2024.
China’s Pearl River Delta region, recently dubbed as the “Greater Bay Area” by the Chinese government, is also seeing a wealth of new hotel openings, including Raffles Shenzhen that opened in May, and Park Hyatt Shenzhen that opened last month.