Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou
5 Zhujiang West Road, Pearl River New City, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China 510623
Guangzhou, China – July 23, 2012
An Auspicious Beginning:
Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou Opens as the Brand’s 88th Property. Located in the top third of the 103-storey Guangzhou IFC, the new Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou introduces a new level of personalized service to China’s economic powerhouse city.
Ranking as the 88th property in the growing international portfolio of
“We are particularly pleased to be the 88th
To welcome the first guests to the new
“It’s the perfect time to book a trip to Guangzhou, in advance of the fall Canton Fair,” says Kent Li, a Guangzhou native who is the Hotel’s Chef Concierge, referring to the twice-annual China Import and Export Fair. Known widely as the Canton Fair, the 112th event takes place in three phases: October 15-19, October 23-27, and October 31-November 4, 2012.
“The famed Guangzhou Opera House is right next door to the Hotel, with a full calendar of concerts and other performances. And, to get to know more of the Pearl River New City area, we’ve created a walking tour, as detailed in our new In the Know newsletter,” adds Li.
Life in the
From the ground floor, guests of
Throughout the Hotel, a carefully curated collection of paintings, prints and sculptures by contemporary international artists enhances the sleek modern interiors created by HBA/Hirsch Bedner and Associates. Highlights include glass sculptures in Yu Yue Heen restaurant by Australian Clare Belfrage; a wood sculpture in Tian Bar by Richard Hutton of the Netherlands; mixed media sculptures by the American team of Jeremy Newman and Allison Ciancibelli in Caffe Mondo; paintings by Korean artist Yun Hee Toh in the Executive Club Lounge; nine sculptures by Yang Don Dong throughout the Hotel; and Lee Man Seng’s unique Chinese seal-inspired timber sculptures in Yu Yue Heen.
“A particular favourite among staff is the sculpture by Wei Chi Gao in Yu Yue Heen. It depicts two stylized weiqi players, an homage to the game often played outdoors in parks during the summer time,” says Sepahi.
In 302 guest rooms and 42 suites, guests will find beautifully appointed interiors naturally lit by floor-to-ceiling windows. On the 97th floor, the sumptuous Presidential Suite’s contemporary look is enhanced by original artworks throughout 253 square metres (2,725 square feet) of living space that includes a central living room and dining area with adjacent butler’s pantry and bedrooms on either side. Just below on the 96th floor, the Royal Suite’s design is inspired by a traditional Chinese palette, also accented by original artworks.
six dining and entertainment venues,
Presiding over the kitchen at Yu Yue Heen, the Hotel’s stylish Cantonese restaurant overlooking the 70th floor atrium lobby, is Chinese Executive Chef Law Yiu Choi. More than 50 years of culinary experience was highlighted in 1996, when he became only the second Chinese chef to be named a Chef Rôtisseur by the prestigious international gastronomic society Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, which was founded in Paris in 1950 and traces its origins back to 1248.
Chef Law’s signature dishes includes whole Yoshihama dried abalone in supreme oyster sauce; braised egg noodles with shredded fish maw and spring onions in abalone sauce; crispy duck, Peking style; crispy marinated Japanese pork in red bean curd crust; double boiled liao sea cucumber soup with cordyceps; and roast goose with plum sauce. Other menu standouts include several bird’s nest soups and a dim sum selection, all accompanied by fine Chinese teas, scotches, cognacs, Chinese and international beers, and wine.
“Chef Law’s favourite ingredient is abalone, so guests can expect to find it prepared in many traditional and imaginative ways at Yu Yue Heen,” notes Executive Chef David Greenhill, who oversees all the Hotel’s restaurants and bars, as well as banqueting and in-room dining.
Chef Kazumi Sawada, under whose leadership Tokyo’s Banreki Ryukodo restaurant received a Michelin star, has come to Guangzhou to oversee the culinary team at Kumoi on the Hotel’s 72nd floor. Introduced by a saki bar made of natural stone, the completely glass-enclosed restaurant is a showcase of expertly prepared teppenyaki, yakitori, sushi and other contemporary Japanese dishes, mostly prepared in view of guests.
Chef’s signature selections include Alaskan king crab with wakame and bonito jelly; steamed abalone with soy liver sauce; futomaki roll with shrimp, crab leg, egg, cucumber and pickled ginger; wagyu roll of Japanese beef with cream cheese and green onion; toro steak with wasabi salt and organic garlic chips; fresh abalone with eringi mushroom and spring onion; and a plate of assorted tempura including prawns, squid, asparagus, shiitake mushroom and eggplant.
Dining options also include the 72nd floor Caffe Mondo for Italian-inspired all day dining, featuring what could possibly be the world’s highest brick lined pizza oven, and The Atrium in the 70th floor Hotel lobby, perfect for light fare, tea and cocktails throughout the day.
A Heavenly Garden of Flowers at Hua Spa
Escaping the urban din 69 floors below on the streets of Guangzhou, guests will find a softly lit, gently perfumed retreat where they can relax, rejuvenate, and simply be pampered. The experience at Hua Spa is inspired by flowers – hua in Mandarin – from the light scent of geranium and rose as one enters to the lavish blend of indigenous flowers in signature therapies and treatments.
“Everything is centred on the physical and emotional wellbeing of our
guests,” says Spa Director Sophia Patel, who was most recently with the
acclaimed Spa at
The signature Flowers of the
The 1,070 square metre (11,517 square foot) Hua Spa also offers a water-based treatment area with Vichy-style shower, rhassoul mud chamber, crystal steam room and laconium in the women’s area, plus herbal steam bath, Swedish and Finnish sauna and ice fountain in the men’s area.
The adjacent 24-hour Fitness Center is equipped with state-of-the-art gym equipment, and a stunning 25 metre (82 foot) horizon-edge lap pool overlooks the city with a windowed poolside relaxation terrace.
In the months leading up to the opening of Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, anticipation was building for the city’s newest venue for weddings, galas, conferences, business meetings and other events. “Before the Hotel had opened we had confirmed seven weddings – and that’s before anyone had ever attended a wedding here or tasted our food,” says Director of Catering Ginny Khaw, whose 15 years of experience at Four Seasons includes posts in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. “People in Guangzhou really like things that are new, but more often it is the reputation of Four Seasons. They trust us.”
With 3,585 square metres (38,585 square feet) of formal event space, the Hotel can accommodate banquets from ten to 720 in three ballrooms: Pearl Ballroom, Grand Ballroom, and Onyx Ballroom. All are lavishly appointed for weddings and other social occasions, with the added advantage of built-in functionality to host conferences and meetings as well. Each has an adjacent VIP room, ideal for brides, speakers and visiting dignitaries.
In addition, eight smaller meeting rooms are all conveniently located on the first five floors of the IFC, along with the Hotel’s business centre. In addition, 11 private dining rooms in the restaurants above offer space for 10 to 32 persons.
Club Lounge at
Known to centuries of western traders as Canton, Guangzhou is China’s third largest city, located 120 kilometres (75 miles) upriver from Hong Kong and 165 kilometres (100 miles) from Macau.
Hotel Press Contact
Director of Public Relations
5 Zhujiang West Road
Pearl River New City, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China 510623
Email Portia Chen
T. +86 20 8883 3901
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