Ritz-Carlton to open first property in Tianjin in mid-2013

Updated: 2013-03-19
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Located in the heart of the revitalized former British concession and central business district, The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin will form an iconic landmark when it opens in the mid-2013 as a homage to the city’s historical heritage and vibrant modern development.

Tianjin which literally means Emperor’s Port in North East China has long been recognized as a key trading port and as a route to Beijing which is only 30 minutes away by high speed train. Designated by the Chinese government as one of five ‘national central cities’, Tianjin is at the forefront of leading and developing political, cultural and economic standards for the nation.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin, is located by the Haihe River, surrounded by 19th and 20th century architecture of the European nations that sought to trade with China, reflecting the city’s strategic importance that continues today. The city enjoys one of the fastest growth rates in China and is a key hub of the economy. Major industries include petrochemical, car production, metal works and aircraft manufacturing. It is also the world’s fifth largest container port and China’s largest artificial deep-water port.

The hotel with a grand neo-classical style façade is designed by the Tianjin Academy of Urban Planning and Design with interiors created by luxury hospitality designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon. It will feature 278 rooms, including 55 suites and reflect the cultural European heritage in the district.

The property will showcase four food & beverage choices for the discerning guest. The signature restaurant will be an elegant Cantonese restaurant with 10 private dining rooms with each one featuring its own private wine cellar.

The sister outlet to the trendsetting lifestyle venue, Flair Bar and Lounge of The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, will offer Asian tapas, a dedicated whisky bar and a cigar cellar adjacent to the private room on the Mezzanine level. Flair in Tianjin will feature nightly lounge music selected by its discerning DJ.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin’s Lobby Lounge, located at the heart of the hotel’s majestic lobby will be delighting guests with an iconic Traditional British Afternoon Tea and a gourmet selection of the best Chinese and British teas while the all-day dining restaurant with its theatre of live stations will serve cuisine from Japan, China and Italy.

The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge for club and suite guests will be elevated even further with its warm designer urban apartment atmosphere and spaces. Elements include a grand fire place room, a library, separate game and entertainment areas as well as a boutique bar and residential kitchen styling.

The property will also be positioned as the central place to meet in a refined environment. Conference spaces will include one of the city’s largest ballrooms, and three additional function rooms, totaling 1,625 square meters of space. With elegant designs and enchanting spaces, the ballroom and the classically modeled facade will offer the perfect venue for society events and the grandest of weddings. The hotel will be fully equipped with an indoor swimming pool as well as luxury fitness and spa facilities.

"The opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin in one of China’s most strategically important cities reflects our desire to meet the growing Chinese appetite for international luxury hospitality experiences whether for business or leisure,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin represents a major gateway opportunity that will accelerate the recognition by the luxury Chinese guests of our service commitment to create memorable experiences that stay with guests for life.”

Mr. Ma He Ting, Chairman of the Board of Tianjin Real Estate Development Management Group Co. Ltd said: “The city of Tianjin’s economic prestige and historical significance needs to build world-class facilities and services. We are delighted to have partnered with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to bring part of that dream to life with an internationally-recognised luxury hospitality experience.” 
SOURCE: The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin & WOT Travel
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