The long-awaited Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort in the Taihu Lake, China is now open for business following a soft launch. Designed by founder of MAD Architects and former WAN judge Ma Yansong, the hotel is part of the Starwood chain which is currently undergoing a drastic international expansion project.
At over 100m in height, the 27-storey Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort rises proudly in the Yangtze River Delta, the water covering the lowest two storeys so that the form appears as a horseshoe shape rather than a complete ring as is really the case. As darkness falls, the form is illuminated with bands of LED lighting in different hues which reflect off the lake below in ripples of vivid colour.
In total the 95,000 sq m hotel has 321 guest rooms with 44 suites and 39 villas, all of which benefit from private balconies. The marble bathrooms include sunken bathtubs which look out over the waterfront and walk-in rainforest showers for a touch of luxury.
Residents are also welcome to use the opulent Shine Spa for Sheraton which offers a range of treatments sourced from across the globe. Alongside these relaxing treatments the spa includes a steam room, sauna and hydrotherapy pool in each locker room. The indoor swimming pool is bathed in sunlight which pours in through generous windows with loungers placed by the panes so that residents can enjoy scenic views during their relaxation time.
“Throughout China’s history, people have always pursued a harmonious relationship with nature and this has become a major part of Chinese culture and tradition,” said lead architect, Ma Yansong. “Huzhou itself is a place famous for traditional ink paintings and splendid water views, and the arch bridge is one of the key elements of traditional architecture. By incorporating this iconic ring-shape, my goal was to design a contemporary hotel that seamlessly integrates with the surrounding environment while evoking the beautiful arch bridge over Taihu Lake.”
As with the majority of modern hotels, corporate and private events are destined to play a big part in the success of the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort. Little expense has been spared in the interior design of this hotel, with the lobby floor paved with Afghanistan White Jade and Brazilian Tiger’s Eye stone, attracting a high-end clientele.
Large events can be held in the Grand Ballroom with its lavish golden tones while smaller gatherings may be better suited to one of several private meeting rooms on the 22nd floor. For a picture-perfect wedding, there is the exclusive Wedding Island, perfectly sized for friends and family at 1,600 sq m with a serene backdrop over the water.
Bookings for the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort can be made via the Sheraton website.
*Edited on 24 July. The hotel measures 95,000 sq m in total with 2,200 sq m of conference facilities.