Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide signed an agreement with Suzhou Science and Technology Town Kexin Cultural Tourism Development to open a new-build Element hotel in Suzhou Science and Technology Town (SSTT), an eco-city adjacent to the commercial and administrative center of the city's high tech industrial development zone.
Slated for completion in mid-2015, the hotel, Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town (Element Suzhou), marks the Element brand's entry to Asia Pacific, as well as the presence of all of Starwood's nine differentiated lifestyle brands in the region.
Launched in 2008, the Element brand has made history as the only major global hotel brand to mandate that all of its properties pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for high-performance buildings.
Bordering Shanghai in the east, Suzhou is an example of a growing secondary city. With over 2,500 years of history, Suzhou is transforming into an urbanized, high tech industrial development zone. It currently houses firms engaged in the electronics, IT, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, electrical machinery and chemicals industries.
Located at the intersection of Jialingjiang and Wuyishan Roads, Element Suzhou will be situated in SSTT, an eco-city adjacent to the commercial and administrative center of the High-Tech District. Since 2003, over 150 state-level research institutes, R&D organizations, tech-based innovative companies, training organizations, outsourcing and design companies have settled in SSTT.
With access to the Sunan Shuofang International Airport, rail network and expressways, Element Suzhou will be connected to all parts of the city, including the Taihu Lake and downtown Suzhou. Also, as Suzhou is adjacent to the Shanghai Municipality, it can be reached via Hongqiao and Pudong Airports.
Element Suzhou's 190 guestrooms will have the signature Heavenly Bed, modular furniture, swiveling flat-screen televisions, large desks and custom-designed closets. Bathrooms will be spa-inspired, with a rain shower and dual-flush toilet.
In addition, the hotel will offer approximately 10,764 square feet of meeting space, a business center, a 24-hour fitness center and an indoor heated swimming pool. Other brand signatures will include Element's healthy breakfast and evening reception with hot and cold appetizers as well as beer, wine and soft drinks. All day dining will be available with three to four private dining rooms, and a grab-and-go pantry.
Starwood's presence in Greater China dates back to 1985 when the Sheraton Great Wall Beijing debuted as the first internationally branded hotel in the country. Today Starwood operates 120 hotels, with more than 100 properties in the development pipeline, making China the company's second largest hotel market behind only the US.