Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts strengthens momentum in China
Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), today announced the opening of Le Méridien Suzhou, Suzhou Bay, marking the brand’s debut in Suzhou. With its 2,500-year-long profound history and culture, Suzhou is recognized as one of the China’s foremost famous historical and cultural cities. As the first Le Méridien hotel in Suzhou, the hotel will provide curious and creative-minded travellers an opportunity to unlock the destination through the Le Méridien brand lens which highlights coordinates, culture and cuisine.
“We are thrilled to debut the Le Méridien brand in Suzhou. Le Méridien Suzhou, Suzhou Bay is a perfect match for what curious and creative-minded travellers are looking for in their destination discoveries. “ said Stephen Ho, Chief Executive Officer, Greater China, Marriott International. “As the 13th Le Méridien hotel in Greater China with 23 hotels in the pipeline, this hotel is illustrative of the brand’s robust growth in this region and is testament to the brand’s demand by guests, locals as well as owners and developers in China.”
“We are delighted to be part of Suzhou Bay’s development as a tourist destination, and we are truly confident that we will create a unique Le Méridien stay experience for both business and leisure travellers.” added Jan Lu, General Manager of Le Méridien Suzhou, Suzhou Bay.
New Realm of Inspiration
Le Méridien Suzhou, Suzhou Bay is located in the beautiful Suzhou Bay, the south of Suzhou Taihu New Town. Featuring an integrated French romantic atmosphere with Jiangnan classical character, the hotel is close to Taihu New Town music fountain and richly enveloped by nature within Lake Taihu ecological environment. 285 stylish accommodations, including 20 suites, offer panoramic lake and city views through floor-to-ceiling windows, 6 villa rooms featuring an exclusive hot spring. Contemporary artwork and timeless furnishings create engaging environments for both business and leisure.
The hotel features the signature Le Méridien Hub, which reinterprets the traditional hotel lobby into a social gathering place and builds on the brand arrival experience and coffee culture. Le Méridien Hub comprises signature elements from the Paris-born brand such as a 24-hour soundtrack curated by French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague, a variety of delectable éclairs, and sparkling cocktails inspired by Europe’s evening aperitif hour creating an experience that brings curious and creative-minded guests and locals together.
Le Méridien Suzhou, Suzhou Bay presents 3 chic restaurants and 1 lobby lounge. Latest Recipe offers worldwide creative international gourmet buffet. The open kitchen counters create an interactive atmosphere of communication with chefs. Le Mei, the Chinese restaurant mainly offers new-style Huaiyang cuisine and combines with local cuisine, Taihu lake food and selected Cantonese cuisine. The specialty restaurant Suya presents local style dishes, Cantonese dim sum and selected South-east Asian specialties. Lobby Lounge-Latitude 31 offers exquisite tasty refreshments, exotic cocktails, fragrant tea selections and freshly prepared coffee.
An ideal venue for business meetings and social functions. Nearly 4,000 square meters of meeting and banquet facilities, in which there are 2 pillar-less ballrooms with respective area of 1,200 square meters and 600 square meters, 4 function rooms which can meet the various demands of guests, especially the growing trend of hosting auto shows in Suzhou. Additionally, the meeting rooms are well-equipped with a large LED screen and state of art audio-visual equipment. Further, an exclusive grand lawn over 1,000 square meters is a perfect place to meet the needs of atmospheric outdoor social events, including wedding ceremonies and cocktail parties.
For a light-hearted holiday relaxation and recreation at Le Méridien Suzhou, Suzhou Bay. The fully functional Fitness Center offers complete services which include a 25-meter-long indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, SPA and yoga rooms, each of facilities will meet guests’ anticipant healthy goals. Ignite the imagination of each kid through an immersive free-play environment and Le Méridien Family Program. The hotel is equipped with a modern designed kids club which located on the ground floor with total area of 218 square meters, it connects to a beautiful outdoor garden and provides a joyful zone for kids to enjoy nature.
Destination Unlocked: Suzhou, the Venice of China
Strategically located in the rapid-developing Suzhou Bay region in Wujiang, Le Méridien Suzhou, Suzhou Bay serves an ideal gateway for discovering a distinctive blend of ancient and contemporary Suzhou. Travellers can easily visit Tongli Ancient Town and Jingsi Garden, or take a short yacht ride from the hotel along Lake Taihu which leads to Emerald Island. The hotel is also part of Taihu New Town, which will be a new home of international modern architecture, art exhibition centers and other leisure projects, allowing guests to unlock modern Suzhou of the 21st Century.
Meanwhile, the humanistic local culture and art including delicacy Taihu cuisine, Pingtan and Kun Opera are much worth discovering. Travellers should not miss savoring the famous hairy crabs that come from Lake Taihu in autumn.