[photopress:hangzhouMarriott.jpg,full,alignright]Marriott will have 15 hotels in the greater Shanghai region by the end of 2009 with the opening of the 330-room JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou and the 330-room Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou City Centre in 2008.
Both hotels are through Hangzhou Wulin Real Estate. They will be part of an 80,000-square-metre complex located in the heart of the city’s central business district. The hotels will be connected by a building — Marriott calls it a palladium which is a splendid term — that will house conference space, restaurants and lounges, and other public facilities.
(Palladium is a metal but is also defined as safeguard from a statue of Athena that was believed to safeguard the ancient city of Troy. My own guess is that its use here is derived from the famous Italian renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, who possibly provided the inspiration for the building. An intriguing thought.)
Hangzhou is an attractive business and leisure destination and a well-known weekend getaway and vacation-home destination for residents in the Greater Shanghai Region.
Marriott Hotel Hangzhou will have 1,650 square meters of function space, including a 950-square-metre ballroom that will be divisible into three sections and eight additional meeting rooms in varying configurations. Which makes it ideal as a MICE hotel.
Courtyard by Marriott will have an executive floor and lounge and a business centre and guests of the Courtyard will have access to the JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou’s meeting space, restaurants and lounges, health club and spa.
In addition to these two Hangzhou hotels, four Marriott International properties are now under construction in the Greater Shanghai Region: the 276-room The Ritz-Carlton, Pudong Shanghai (opening mid-2010), the 680-room Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park Hotel (opening mid-2007), the 327-room Renaissance Shanghai Yuyuan Hotel (opening mid-2007) and the 333-room Ningbo Marriott Hotel (opening mid-2008).
Currently there are 10 Marriott’s in the Greater Shanghai Region.
Source: eBlackboard Travel