DALIAN, China - September 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Luxury Collection, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), announces the opening of The Castle Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian. Owned by the Dalian Yifang Group and managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, The Castle Hotel marks The Luxury Collection's first hotel in Liaoning, China offering the brand's signature concierge service and indigenous cultural experiences in a majestic urban retreat.
The Castle Hotel joins a portfolio of distinct Luxury Collection hotels in China, including the legendary Astor Hotel in Tianjin; Twelve at Hengshan and The Hongta Hotel in Shanghai; and The Royal Begonia Resort in Sanya. Later this year, The Luxury Collection will open The Azure Qiantang as a Luxury Collection hotel in Hangzhou.
"The fact that Starwood has opened five Luxury Collection hotels in China in less than five years, with an even more robust pipeline, reinforces the increasing demand for high-end hospitality where domestic travel continues to thrive," said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels Worldwide. "We are thrilled to debut The Castle Hotel in Dalian, an enchanting city whose diverse cultural heritage blends seamlessly with its modern point of view."
The Castle Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian commands an imposing presence with its palatial Bavarian-style castle set amid lush foliage on Lotus Mountain in Dalian, Northeast China. Overlooking Xinghai Square as well as Xinghai Bay and the Yellow Sea, The Castle Hotel offers 292 luxurious guestrooms and suites as well as 67 residences, offering stunning ocean views with meticulous interior designs. Reimagined by HBA Interior Design, the hotel boasts an opulent, contemporary design where each detail - from the wall decorations and furniture to the ornaments and art collections – tell a story.
Following the hotel's extensive renovation, The Castle Hotel remains an icon on the city's skyline and is now poised to take its rightful place as the guardian of Dalian, the "Pearl of Northern China." The exterior of the hotel remains true to the original European-inspired architecture with hand-selected stones gracing the façade of the castle.
"We are delighted to open the doors of The Castle Hotel as the first Luxury Collection hotel in Dalian," said Mr. Eddie Tang, General Manager of The Castle Hotel. "It has been our pleasure and honor to transform this enduring icon into a unique and enchanting luxury hotel – unlike any other in China. We look forward to providing global explorers with authentic travel experiences and exceptional service as they visit the multifaceted city of Dalian."
The Castle Hotel features three restaurants with creative and authentic cuisine options unique to Dalian. Zhen Bao restaurant offers authentic gourmet Cantonese fare featuring fresh "sea-to-table" seafood from Dalian and "farm-to-table" meats and produce; Collections is an all-day dining restaurant with an international menu; and the Royal Cellar features home-brewed German beer and northern European specialties. In addition, guests can choose from two lounge areas – The Lobby Lounge and the Aristocrat Lounge. The Lobby Lounge is an elegant bar offering the classic high tea; while the Aristocrat Lounge is the perfect venue for wines and cigars.
With its prime location, The Castle Hotel is an outstanding special events venue offering a spacious grand ballroom, seven function rooms and a 4,000 square meter open air rooftop garden, which provides an elegant space for memorable occasions from grand-scale weddings, to intimate cocktail parties, to important business meetings.
As part of the opulent experience, guests can enjoy the hotel's spacious indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and luxurious Kaiser Spa. The Fitness Center features a multi-functional yoga room while the indoor heated swimming pool offers guests a stunning ocean view. For guests looking to unwind, the Kaiser Spa is an oasis for relaxation and features sauna baths, massage services and three entertainment rooms for family and friends to gather.
As part of The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, The Castle Hotel will offer The Luxury Collection Concierge service to help discerning guests explore and unlock the very best of the destination. Each Luxury Collection Concierge is a bilingual, certified destination expert, proudly wearing the "clef d'or", the gilt insignia of the celebrated international concierge society, and eager to reveal the secret treasures of their city. Signature experiences include a tour of Fisherman's Wharf and the Coastal Road; a memorable visit to historic Lvshun, site of the main battlefield of the Russo-Japanese War; as well as a day outing to Jinshi Bay to explore Golden Pebble Beach and the Jinshi Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by famed golf course designer Peter Thomson.
Known for its fresh air and temperate coastal weather, Dalian is a favorite coastal tourist destination for travelers from Northern China and Asia. Situated at the tip of China's Liaodong Peninsula, it is a trading and financial center in northeastern Asia and has gained the reputation as the Hong Kong of Northern China. With its spectacular scenery and moderate climate, Dalian is also known as 'The City of Romance' and as well as China's most livable city. For visitors new to the city, Dalian offers a unique blend of European, Russian, Japanese and traditional Chinese architecture reflecting the city's fascinating history when its ports were used as an international trading hub during ancient times.
As a nod to its European heritage, Dalian is a vibrant center for fashion, football, craft beer and an abundance of green spaces. Each year, the city hosts European-inspired events that attract visitors from the region and around the globe, like the Dalian International Beer Festival and the Dalian International Fashion Festival. Dalian is also the sixth city in Mainland China and one of the first northeastern cities to introduce a 72-hour visa-free stay.
For more information, please visit www.luxurycollection.com/castle.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries, and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W Hotels®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
The Luxury Collection® is a collection of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world's most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination's indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent decor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA brand as a collection of Europe's most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of more than 85 of the world's finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel's distinctive heritage and unique character. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world's finest. For more information, please visit www.luxurycollection.com
Dalian YiFang Group Co., Ltd is the developer of The Castle Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian. Established in Beijing in 2001 by Mr. Sun Shuang Xi, the YiFang Group specializes in real estate development, business property investment and capital investment. Membership enterprises are comprised of Dalian YiFang Real Estate Co., Ltd, YiFang Assets Management Co., Ltd, and YiFang Investment Management Co., Ltd. The YiFang Group is active with projects in dozens of provinces and regions, such as Dalian, Beijing, Shenyang, Changchun, Jiangxi, Fujian, Yunnan and Hainan.
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