Pierre-Yves Rochon designs The Azure Qiantang, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hangzhou

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, opened The Azure Qiantang, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hangzhou, in the capital of China’s Zhejiang province.

With the openings of The Azure Qiantang and very recently The Castle Hotel in Dalian, The Luxury Collection brand now includes six hotels as part of its portfolio in China, including the Astor Hotel in Tianjin, Twelve at Hengshan, The Hongta Hotel in Shanghai and The Royal Begonia in Sanya.

Situated along the Qiantang River, The Azure Qiantang blends Hangzhou’s traditional foundation with contemporary design elements. Designed by architect Pierre-Yves Rochon, the hotel uses a blue glass colored structure which showcases design elements that reference the waves of the Qiantang River, merged with the colors of the sky.


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The Azure Qiantang is named after “Memories of the South,” written by Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi. The hotel has 205 guestrooms and suites, all with views of the Qiantang River. The hotel is equipped with a swimming pool, spa and a 24-hour fitness center.  The hotel spa has seven treatment rooms and three massage rooms.

The “five waters” theme also carries throughout the dining venues in the property. The dining venues include: Lan Ting Chinese Restaurant, which has 14 dining suites in addition to its main dining hall; Panorama Restaurant & Bar, which offers a view of the Qiantang River; Riverview Terrace on the 22nd Floor; and the Lobby Bar, which has garden views.

For meetings and celebrations, the hotel has seven rooms, all with natural light through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, as well as a Grand Ballroom with its own foyer. Each comes with river views. 

All photos from The Azure Qiantang, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hangzhou