Hassell Studio Australia designs Himalayas Qingdao Hotel in China

Shanghai-based Zendai Group unveiled the Himalayas Qingdao Hotel, which is the debut hotel for the new deluxe hospitality brand, Himalayas Hotels & Communities.  Himalayas Qingdao Hotel is the first lifestyle hotel in northeastern China's beachside city of Qingdao.

Himalayas Qingdao Hotel is positioned in the seaside Laoshan District at the base of Mt. Lao (Lao Shan), and is a 10 minutes' drive to Shilaoren Beach. The lifestyle hotel forms part of Zendai Thumb Plaza, an integrated lifestyle community encompassing residences, shopping, dining and entertainment. It is near Qingdao Liuting International Airport and Qingdao Railway Station. Qingdao International Convention Centre, the Qingdao Beer Festival site and Grand Theatre are right at the hotel's doorstep.

The design of Himalayas Qingdao Hotel was created by Hassell Studio Australia, the same firm behind the designs of the Sydney Olympic Swimming Centre and Chongqing Grand Theatre. The interiors take inspiration from Mt. Lao and its natural lodestones. Used throughout the hotel, the lodestones are naturally magnetic rocks that possess healing properties for the body and are imbued with fortune-favoring Feng Shui attributes.

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Himalayas Qingdao Hotel has 208 paperless guestrooms, including 24 suites. Every room has high-tech luxury amenities, including high-definition LED TVs, iPod docks and complimentary Wi-Fi. All-day Z1 Restaurant serves gourmet local and international cuisines, while Z1 Lounge Bar serves signature cocktails and fine wines, plus “Aperitivo” happy hours.

Wellness facilities include a 1,453-square-foot Health Club and the full-service Spa Himalayas. For events, the property has a total of 10,764 square feet of function venues including a 3,660-square-foot Grand Ballroom with a reception foyer, plus 10 multi-functional meeting rooms ranging in size from 484 square feet to 1,292 square feet. All venues are equipped with audio and visual capabilities.

 

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