Suzhou beckons

2021 opening for the 215-room Niccolo Suzhou

Niccolo Suzhou's lobby is perched 115 floors above the city. Credit: Niccolo Suzhou

SUZHOU - Niccolo Suzhou will be launched in China's Venice of the East in 2021. Crowning the top floors of Suzhou International Finance Square (IFS), the 215-room hotel and fifth landmark to Wharf group's collection of luxury hotel properties will boast a sky tower reminiscent of a glass fishtail.

Located in Jiangsu Province's Suzhou Industrial Park, the hotel is surrounded by tree-lined boulevards and willow trees along canals, waterways and water towns. The International Convention and Exhibition Centre is within walking distance to the hotel.

The lobby is perched 115 floors above the city, promising spectacular pieces of art and the brand's signature restaurants and bars, Niccolo Kitchen, The Tea Lounge and Bar 115.

Wellness by Niccolo will be located on the 117th level with a pool and gym. The Ceremonial Hall and ballroom have panoramic vistas on the 116th floor.

"The growing footprint of our boutique collection and their successes, give us more clout to be recognised as a serious luxury hotel contender, with personalised luxury and impeccable hospitality at the forefront of the guest experience", said Dr Jennifer Cronin, president, Wharf Hotels.

Accessible by air to Shanghai Pudong and Hongqiao international airports, the city is well connected via high speed bullet trains to all major cities in China and Hong Kong.

Suzhou is located in southern Jiangsu Province in the centre of the Yangtze Delta. Shanghai lies to the east, Zhejiang Province to the south, Wuxi City to the west and the Yangtze River to the north.

The city is divided by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal from north to south. Since 42% area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, it is praised as the 'Venice of the Orient'. Built in 514 BC, this is an ancient city with over 2,500 years of history.

Wharf Hotels, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Wharf (Holdings) Ltd, currently operates 17 owned or managed hotels under Niccolo or Marco Polo Hotels in China, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Niccolo Hotels was added to the group's portfolio in 2015 as the new luxury collection, positioning the brand as contemporary chic. The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel, opened in January 2018 as the brand's flagship hotel.