Raffles Hotels & Resorts has unveiled plans to bring its brand of Asian luxury to the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou.
Scheduled to open in 2020, the Raffles Suzhou will be a brand new 150-room hotel located in the Suzhou New District Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone (SND), which is home to companies including Logitech, Canon and Motorola.
“Suzhou represents a very exciting opportunity for the Raffles brand,” said Peter French, president of Raffles Hotels & Resorts. “As one of China’s leading economic centres, with a growing arts and cultural scene, the city is quickly establishing itself as a very popular regional travel destination.
“Likewise, with a new international airport in the pipeline and the city attracting a greater amount of foreign investment, there is a growing need for luxury hotel options in the market. With its prime location in one of the city’s most prestigious new development areas, Raffles Suzhou is poised to be an exceptional gateway for those looking to experience this vibrant city,” he added.
The new hotel will offer five food & beverage venues, including the brand’s signature Writer’s Bar and Long Bar, plus a Raffles Spa and more than 1,400m² of function space. The development will also include a “limited selection” of Raffles Residences, details of which will be announced at a later date.
Raffles currently operates Chinese hotels in Beijing and Hainan Island, and is also planning to open in Shenzhen in 2019.
Nicknamed the “Venice of the Orient” for its scenic canal network, Suzhou has history dating back 2,500 years. Located in Jiangsu province, it is approximately 110km from Shanghai and 215km from Nanjing.