Urabanus, Hirsch Bedner & Associates design Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen

Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen opened, located 10 minutes from the Huanggang and Futian borders to Hong Kong. The hotel is within walking distance of shopping malls, the Civic Center including the Shenzhen Museum and adjacent Concert Hall, and an MTR station for access to the rest of the city. It is also across the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center.

Architectural and design firm Urabanus and interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) created a contemporary, light-filled tower with a sixth level reception that overlooks green spaces and water courtyards with panoramic views of the city.

Inside, the ambiance is that of a private home. There are 266 light-filled rooms and suites, most are 540 square feet or more and have technological conveniences and such comforts such a pillow menu. Mini iPads present the guest directory, and rooms also offer Nespresso machines, international electrical outlets at bedside and throughout the space, and flat screen TVs with VGA connection for laptops.

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Contemporary art and traditional Chinese motifs of good fortune are in every room, including hand-painted headboards of Auspicious Clouds, a theme repeated in the carpeting. Some rooms offer soaking baths with sweeping city views.

Envisioned by renowned SPIN Design and meaning "fragrant," FOO is Shenzhen's newest dining destination. It includes pan-Asian menus. Design-wise, the venue has peek-a-boo windows into the series of kitchen studios.  Zhuo Yue Xuan is helmed by chef Tse Man. In addition to the main space, it has 10 private dining rooms with views for more intimate social gatherings and business entertaining.

For events, Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen has naturally lit spaces, such as IBM work tables and flexible do-it-yourself meal options. Two spaces include the sixth floor Four Seasons Ballroom seating up to 360 guests, plus two private pre-function spaces, and the Peony Ballroom on the 29th floor, where up to 180 seated guests may enjoy views from floor to ceiling windows.

Unique to Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen is Terraces, a seventh level rooftop area of 1,615 square feet for up to 80 guests in an open air reception, complete with audiovisual equipment and wired or wireless high speed Internet connectivity.

There is also a 24-hour fitness center, a sauna, steam room, whirlpool and indoor and outdoor pools.

For working travellers, Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen offers the Executive Club Lounge. Tucked away on the 29th floor, it has workstations, a business center, dedicated check in-check out and concierge services, and wired and wireless Internet connectivity.

Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen is the eighth property in a Chinese portfolio that also includes nearby Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong; Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip; and Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou. Additional hotel and resort properties are now in advanced stages of development throughout China.

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