SUZHOU – The 178-room Park Hyatt Suzhou has opened its doors, offering views of Suzhou’s Jinji Lake, and five events spaces dotted with Chinese aesthetics.
Conceptualised under the award-winning designer team of New York architectural firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox - the same creatives behind Washington DC’s World Bank headquarters, NYC’s Museum of Modern Art, and Shanghai World Financial Center, among others - Park Hyatt Suzhou will target the well-travelled and well-heeled audience.
“With Park Hyatt Suzhou, we are aiming to set a new standard for luxury in Suzhou…and [we are beginning] to see luxury travellers re-emerge within the region,” said GM, Mr Au Yong Hin Yoong.
Mod-Chinese luxury aesthetics for discerning travellers and MICE groups
Unique details include the elegant entranceway. Instead of the standard open-style lobby, guests enter into the hotel via a series of residential-style smaller foyers, walking through Asian-style landscaped courtyards and water features.
Guest rooms range from 50 sqm to 173 sqm; 19 are suites with separate living areas. Inspired by the sleeping chambers of ancient Suzhou’s mansions where bedrooms would open up to a terrace, Park Hyatt Suzhou’s entry-level rooms will feature semi-private ‘verandahs’ with living and dining/study areas framing the views and evoking outdoor living.
Design wise, Chinese aesthetics are given modern touches, showing up in glass panels printed with brush-ink style blossoms, horseshoe armchairs and wooden drum stools.
Other spinoffs from history include the modern take of the Ladies’ Court: the Living Room, for afternoon tea and premium drinks throughout the day.
The lakeside location has five venues with natural lighting or outdoor spaces. Total booking space tips over 25,800 sqm, capable of accommodating numbers ranging from 12 to 900 attendees. Highlights include the pillarless ballroom with a 7.5-m high ceiling with osmanthus-shaped chandeliers, a garden with a waterfall and space allowing up to 150 guests, and residential-style Drawing Room furnished with sofas, bookcases and artwork for 84 guests.
Also aiming to be a culinary powerhouse, the hotel’s Chinese restaurant, Xizhou Hall for instance will utilise a theatre-style setting, providing live culinary entertainment, and private dining rooms following themes such as calligraphy, embroidery and engraving. Guests can expect healthy locally-inspired Chinese and international fare, plus the prestigious Huaiyang cuisine derived from Jiangsu cooking methods.
After the event or meetings, those with time to explore and interest in cultural attractions can explore the nine ‘Classical Gardens of Suzhou’, recipients of the UNESCO World Heritage badge.
Safety measures come first
With the pandemic still affecting many countries globally, the hotelier is especially mindful to help groups feel at ease, indicating that “providing a safe and clean environment for our guests and colleagues is a top priority for us”.
“We know that for our guests to feel confident returning to our hotels, their peace of mind is critical. What is unique about our commitment is that it covers the entirety of the hotel experience – from health and hygiene to food and beverage safety to technology and even how spaces are designed and used. We are taking decisive actions – like committing to third party accreditation by Global Biorisk Advisory Council across the portfolio, appointing hygiene managers or teams at every property and working closely with medical experts and leading industry professionals – to make sure our guests and colleagues feel confident that everything we do is with their safety in mind,” said Mr Au Yong.
Opening special for MICE Groups
To celebrate its debut, Park Hyatt Suzhou is offering MICE groups who sign sessions before 31 June 2020 the following perks: free upgrade for meetings, 20% off meeting rooms for half or one day sessions, or 40% off for two days and more.
Meeting planners may also receive up to 50,000 Hyatt bonus points, 1 free room for every 10 paid nights, and 1 free room upgrade for ever 15 paid nights. Applicable for stays between now to 31 August 2020.