The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International Inc., has announced the scheduled opening in the middle of 2013 of The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin. Located in the heart of the former British concession and central business district, The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin is expected to form an iconic landmark when it opens, paying homage to the city's historical heritage and modern development.
The soon-to-open Ritz-Carlton hotel with a grand neo-classical style facade was designed by the Tianjin Academy of Urban Planning and Design, with interiors created by luxury hospitality designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon. It houses 277 rooms, including 53 suites and reflects the cultural European heritage in the district.
Tianjin, which literally means “Emperor's Port in North East China”, is recognized as a key trading port and as a route to Beijing which is only 30 minutes away by high speed train. It was designated by the Chinese government as one of five “national central cities”.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin is located by the Haihe River, surrounded by the 19th and 20th century architecture of European nations that sought to trade with China. The property will showcase four restaurants and bars, the signature of which will be a Cantonese restaurant with 10 private dining rooms, each featuring its own private wine cellar.
The popularity of the lifestyle venue, Flair Bar and Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong is said to have influenced a sister venue at The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin, which will offer Asian tapas, a dedicated whisky bar and a cigar cellar adjacent to the private room on the Mezzanine level. Flair in Tianjin will also feature nightly lounge music.
The Lobby Lounge, located at the heart of the hotel's lobby will embrace the tradition of classical English Afternoon Tea service and a gourmet selection of Chinese and British teas, and an all-day dining restaurant with a theatre of live cooking stations serving cuisine from Japan, China and Italy.
The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge for club and suite guests will have a warm designer urban apartment atmosphere, with elements to include a grand fireplace room, a library, separate game and entertainment areas, as well as a boutique bar and residential kitchen styling.
Conference spaces will include one of the city's largest ballrooms, and three additional function rooms, totaling 1,625 square meters of space. The hotel will be equipped with an indoor swimming pool, luxury fitness and spa facilities.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md. currently operates 81 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe.