Joe Cheng designs Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel Xian

Sofitel Luxury Hotels opened the Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel Xian. With this recent addition, Sofitel is now managing a total of 19 properties in Greater China.

Seven thousand years of history and tradition surround this heritage building which was transformed into the first hotel in Greater China to join Sofitel's Legend Collection.  Opened in 1953 as the State Guesthouse, the hotel was designed by Hong Qing, chief architect of the Northwest Institute of Architectural Design. He sited the building in a garden, formerly part of the grounds of an imperial palace. Hong used a number of French touches, including fleur-de-lis (stylized lily) as a recurring motif.

High ceilings and generous proportions in the 71 rooms and suites convey a feeling of time and place. Guests will have access to all the French pampering touches associated with Sofitel, such as Hermès toiletries and French-designed floral arrangements.Additional touches include personalized butler service, a garden setting, private health club, swimming pool and spa, an authentic Italian restaurant, an exclusive top-floor Louis XIII Bar and a private museum. All-weather links provide access to the neighboring Convention Centre and Grand Theatre.


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The People's Grand Hotel Xian is part of Renmin Square, a hotel complex (all under Accor management) within a 13,000-square-foot landscaped garden. Located inside the Ming Dynasty city walls at the heart of historic Xian, the hotel is near the world's first museum, the Forest of Steles and to the Moslem quarter.

Xian was China's capital through 13 dynasties. Long before the discovery of the Terracotta Army in 1974, it was already an important cultural destination.

Project designer Joe Cheng, chairman and CEO of Hong Kong-based Cheng Chung Designs, tackled this project. The approach to the renovation of The People's Grand Hotel Xian meant paying attention to ceiling moldings and covings with Fleur-de-Lis motifs and Art Deco styling of the front entrance and lobby, as well as creating the appropriate ambience in guestrooms and public areas.

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