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IHG Launches Mid- to high-end Suite Hotel Brand Atwell Suites



Atwell Suites Concept

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the launch of the new suite hotel brand, Atwell Suites, at the Americas Investors and Leaders Summit in Las Vegas, USA on May 15th.

InterContinental Hotels Group expects Atwell Suites to open its contract through the franchise model in the fall of 2019. The first hotels will begin construction in 2020 and will open in 2021. The initial development of the brand will be concentrated in the US market and will be based on new construction.

The brand is positioned in the mid- to high-end hotels of InterContinental Hotels Group and continues to strengthen the Group’s leading position in this sector. At the same time, it will target an industry segment with a valuation of approximately US$18 billion to meet the strong demand of passengers and owners.

InterContinental Hotels Group is committed to bringing new growth opportunities to hotel owners and operators, and providing quality services to passengers. The creation of Atwell Suites is based on this philosophy. Through this strategic initiative, InterContinental Hotels Group has successfully cultivated a series of high-quality mid-range and mid-to-high-end brands, including one of the fastest growing brands in the industry, Holiday Inn Express, to meet shorter-term accommodation needs. For a simple, smart travel experience; Avid Hotels; and the extended stay hotel brands Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suite for a week or more.

Keith Barr, CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group, said: “The tailor-made Atwell Suites brand will meet the huge demand for suite hotel brands in the mid- to high-end hotel market, and our new brand will be available to owners and travelers today. The hotel’s premier experience – a stylish suite for office, social or exploration in a four to six night stay. As the group continues to grow, the brand will further enhance our leading position in the mid to high end hotel sector. “”

The development of the new brand refers to the results of the passenger survey. Research shows that more and more guests are looking for new categories between traditional long-stay and traditional select service hotels that offer differentiated and memorable experiences and just the right facilities and services. This travel trend is also in line with the desire of many InterContinental Hotels Group owners to introduce new concept hotel brands in the local market.

Elie Maalouf, CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group, said: “InterContinental Hotels Group has been at the forefront of promoting and achieving hotel brand innovation, anticipating market, home and customer needs, and ultimately achieving long-term brand value and high customer satisfaction.

The birth of Atwell Suites is a great example of how we can gain new growth opportunities by gaining insight into the needs of travellers and collaborate with our owners to develop custom new brands. This highly anticipated new brand is the success of the group. Another powerful move after the launch of the Avid Hotel is also the fastest brand release in the group’s history.”

Atwell Suites offers guests more than just rooms to stay in, as well as opportunities to discover new things, learn and grow while traveling – some guests may extend their stay in order to explore their destination more deeply. With this in mind, InterContinental Hotels Group has created this brand new hotel brand for “Explorer Explorers” to provide an optimized solution for accommodation for four to six nights, integrating hotel space flexibility and launching various activities that encourage social interaction. , draw closer to the relationship between travel companions.

Atwell Suites is a strong complement to InterContinental Hotels Group‘s existing portfolio of mature brands, priced in the mid- to high-end hotel range. The well-designed and flexible spaces make your stay more comfortable and memorable, helping them to easily switch between work and leisure time.

Atwell Suites Brand Video

The initial facility features of the Atwell Suites brand include:

All-studio suites:

Atwell Suites will offer open-plan suites with separate living and seating areas; a kitchenette area with a countertop refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and sink; Work area with desk; pull-out sofa; bathroom with oversized vanity; and a wardrobe that can be used from both the room and bathroom.

Connected and collaborative space:

Guests can easily reach the public areas from their rooms, whether you are relaxing, working, collaborating or socializing, you can find the most comfortable way to do this. Atwell Suites is designed to allow guests to create their own environment as needed, with more flexible meeting and meeting spaces – including meeting rooms into the lobby, outdoor spaces, small discussion areas, and public/private work areas.

“Golden Hours” F&B:

Atwell Suites offers a variety of dining options in the morning and evening. All hotels offer a complimentary hot breakfast, including two or three signature hot dishes, cold side dishes, take-away food and quality coffee. Alternatively, guests can head to the Lobby Bar for a glass of wine and snacks after a busy day.

Leading technology innovation:

Atwell Suites will use IHG® Connect, the leading hotel Wi-Fi system in InterContinental Hotels Group. IHG® Studio will also be available to provide a rich entertainment experience with a personal device such as a smartphone and a 55-inch TV in the room. Self check-in is easily done on the tablet near the reception/bar area.

All brands of InterContinental Hotels Group are committed to providing a comfortable experience for the owners, and Atwell Suites is no exception, and its construction, operation and maintenance are very efficient.

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The 101st Ritz-Carlton Hotel In The World Settled In Nanjing, China



Drop Off Area Ritz Nanjing
Recently, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, part of the Marriott International Group, announced that the 101st Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the world will officially enter Nanjing on June 28, 2020 to welcome guests.
The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing is located at the new business district’s street junction in the central area of the city, next to Deji Plaza, seamlessly connected to the subway line through Deji Plaza shopping mall, and convenient to reach all major attractions in the city. With superior transportation location, convenient shopping and entertainment facilities and legendary services of gentlemen and ladies, the hotel reshapes historical classics from a new perspective, injects vitality into the ancient city and inspires new enthusiasm.

Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Deluxe Room
Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Deluxe Room

Nanjing is one of the four ancient capitals of China with a long history of more than 2500 years. It is recognized by UNESCO as the “World Literary Capital” and one of the important commercial centers in East China. Numerous world famous enterprises, profound cultural heritage, world-renowned literary works and world cultural heritage such as Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum and Zhongshan Mausoleum in famous scenic spots attract business and leisure travelers from all over the world.

The Ritz-Carlton Nanjing is located on the 38th to 62nd floors of the office building of Deji Plaza, the hotel has 295 elegant rooms, including 32 suites with kitchen and dining room. This will be a Marriott Bonvoy category four property which would be ideal to redeem points for a luxurious stay experience.

The hotel has 32 suites which starts at 130 sqm all equipped with separate bedroom and living room. Ritz Nanjing’s 11 Executive Suite and 19 Club Executive Suite are all 130 sqm of size, while the only two signature suite of the Carlton Suite and the Ritz-Carlton Suite are of 245 sqm and 300 sqm respectively.

Unlike many other Marriott Group brands, the club lounge access can solely be purchased with cash, which makes the five meals daily executive lounge at Ritz Carlton hotels something exclusively irrespective of status. Although, hotels in Asia generally are more willing to offer upgrades and even in rare instances, granting free club lounge access to elite members.

Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Executive Lounge
Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Executive Lounge

The base room category starts from a massive 50 sqm, while the highest category signature suite of Ritz Nanjing- the Ritz-Carlton Suite, sitting on top of the 60th floor with 300 sqm with its very own spa room and separate study,
dining area with a kitchen and full wine cellar.

Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Ritz-Carlton Suite Living Room
Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Ritz-Carlton Suite Living Room

The bathroom of the guest room is open and bright, and the panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass windows sit on the fascinating city skyline and mountain lake view.

Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Bathroom
Ritz-Carlton Nanjing Bathroom

The interior design cleverly combines Eastern aesthetics and Western classic styles, and integrates the “five elements” of gold, wood, water, fire, and soil in traditional Chinese culture. It is expressed through different building materials, decorations, and artworks, making guests feel like they are gorgeous. Carefully selected master works of art, an elegant atmosphere, and the well-known legendary service of Ritz create a leisurely living space above the bustling city.

Executive chef Mr. Sven Heinrich Wunram has worked in many Ritz-Carlton hotels and Michelin restaurants in Europe, America and Asia. Chinese restaurant executive chef Zeng Weiqiao from Hong Kong also has extensive experience in Michelin restaurants. An experienced chef will lead an acclaimed elite culinary team to perform a memorable Chinese and Western feast for gluttons from all over the world. Guests can enjoy the high-altitude views while enjoying the special cuisine in the five unique restaurants of the hotel: Xinyi(馨逸) all-day dining restaurant full of southern French style, tribute to the classic Cantonese cuisine, Diyuexuan(帝粤轩), which is based on Huaiyang cuisine. Ning Restaurant(品宁府) with its finest Nanjing cuisine, Lobby Lounge overlooking the stunning city view and FLAIR top restaurant and bar.

The hotel also has banquet and conference venues with a total area of ​​more than 2200 square meters. The elegant and flexible event venue is equipped with gentle and professional services of gentlemen and ladies. It is an ideal place to hold corporate events, intimate parties and romantic weddings.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa has 8 treatment rooms, providing a variety of novel facial treatments and wellness programs such as Lotus Yujing skin rejuvenation treatment and Yuhua hot stone active treatment, so that guests can relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city. At the same time, guests can regain their vitality in the advanced gym, yoga room and indoor heated swimming pool.

Every day at sunset, the lighting ceremony held in the lobby lounge allows guests to fully experience the elegant and authentic traditional culture of Nanjing. The lotus lantern symbolises the Qinhuai River, the mother river in Nanjing, and the inspiration for many immortal masterpieces written by ancient scholars and scholars in ancient times. The music rang and the lights dimmed. The lady in elegant cheongsam held the lotus lamp and walked through the lobby. Afterwards, the gentlemen and ladies of the hotel presented Nanjing specialty snacks and Yuhua Tea to interpret this ancient civilisation with diverse perspectives from a new perspective.

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