Rosewood Guangzhou opens in China

Rosewood Guangzhou, the second urban outpost for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts in mainland China, has opened in Guangzhou’s Tianhe District. Located on the top 39 floors of the 108-story CTF Finance Centre, the seventh tallest building in the world, the property reaches 530 meters at its highest point.

The 108-story CTF Finance Centre was designed by American architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox.

The CTF Finance Centre has a self-cleaning white terracotta “mullion” system that takes inspiration from ancient Chinese ceramic craftsmanship. The tiles not only shade the building from the sun, thus reducing Rosewood Guangzhou’s electricity consumption, but they also have corrosion resistance properties. The property also utilizes highly efficient cooling and heat recovery systems to reduce its carbon emissions.

Occupying the property’s top 39 floors, Rosewood Guangzhou is China’s first 5G-enabled hotel, and has mainland China’s highest bar and restaurant, event space and executive lounge.

As designed by Toronto-based design firm Yabu Pushelberg, Rosewood Guangzhou has a five-meter-high lobby with bronze screens, lacquered red accents and art installations. Guangzhou's history can be seen throughout the property in various ways, from the white terracotta façade to a curated collection of Chinese artwork by contemporary artists, in addition to subtle design details and use of locally relevant materials and finishes throughout the property. Yabu Pushelberg selected materials and textiles that reference ancient Chinese crafts, such as vermillion-red lacquered doors marking the entrance, traditional silk screens in Patina Living Room, wood-and-bronze etched mirrors in the Grand Ballroom, lanterns by the pool, and tea sets in the rooms.

Rosewood Guangzhou has seven terraces as well as several landscaped lawns and gardens across the hotel that were designed by Bangkok-based Landscape. These include the arrival courtyard and the open-air terraces.

Artworks in the property include: an intricate “flowerbed” painting by Sichuan-born artist Zhuang Hong Yi, the work of contemporary Chinese artist Pan Jian, and a contemporary landscape painting by Zhengzhou-born Ye Cheng.

Rosewood Guangzhou has 251 guestrooms, including 31 suites and four duplex suites, starting from 55 square meters (592 square feet) in size. Each room was designed to feel like a private residence. The rooms have leather-wrapped headboards; artwork by contemporary Chinese artists; and spaces for living, working and resting set apart by bronze-framed screens. Design details include custom brass knobs, royal blue lacquer accents, leather-wrapped headboards and travertine-clad bathrooms. Majority of the accommodations overlook the Pearl River.

Suites and duplexes have loft-like interiors and flexible open spaces suitable for families or for entertaining. Every suite and duplex has distinct living areas, walk-in closets and bathrooms with free-standing tubs and dual vanities.

One of the hotel’s suites, the Rosewood Terrace Suite is the only suite in the city with its own private terrace. Meanwhile, the Xi Guan House stretches across two floors, and has an open kitchen, serene bedroom, private Jacuzzi, and living and dining spaces for entertaining.

The Canton House, similar to a Presidential Suite, is a duplex with a bedroom, two bathrooms, an open kitchen, Jacuzzi and foyer.

Located on the top floor of the hotel is Rosewood’s Manor Club, which has adaptable open spaces and private corners.

In addition to the hotel’s guestrooms and suites, the property also introduced Rosewood Residences Guangzhou, including 355 serviced apartments spanning from studios (76), one and two-bedroom apartments (160 and 96, respectively) to duplexes (23) designed for longer-term stays. The units were developed by Perception, a Hong Kong-based design firm.

Each Residence includes amenities such as in-room washing machines, as well as a full kitchen with an oven and dish washer.

Rosewood Guangzhou has seven dining concepts, each with its own terrace.

Lingnan House is the hotel’s Chinese restaurant on the fifth floor. Designed by Tokyo-based Super Potato, the restaurant was inspired by a Chinese mansion ­– complete with lantern-inspired lighting fixtures, ceiling fans and dark wood-paneled walls. A series of distinct spaces traverses a main dining room, elevated bar seating, and nine private dining rooms – three of which are free-standing outdoor garden villas.

Connected to Lingnan House via a staircase is Brick Lane on the sixth floor. It has an outdoor terrace, counter seating and pool table.

Brick Iron is located on the 107th floor, making it the highest restaurant and bar in mainland China. Accentuated by floor-to-ceiling Victorian murals, amber-colored furniture and hammered metal partitions, the space is home to a wine cellar, an outdoor terrace, a cigar humidor area, and an adjacent Sky Bar.

On the 95th floor, Patina Living Room and Patina European Brassiere & Terrace have panoramic windows and wrap-around terraces. There are also traditional Chinese accents, as well as brass and copper details, sandblasted wood-paneled walls and custom silk screens and contemporary geometric art installations.

Meanwhile, located on street level, Sesame has wood floors, high ceilings, olive-green tiled walls and white marble counters.

For events, Rosewood Guangzhou has 3,250 square meters (34,983 square feet) of space. The facilities include three galleries, two VIP rooms, one Bridal Room, five meeting rooms, a 958-square-meter (10,312 square foot) Grand Ballroom, and the Sky Mansion on the 108th floor.

The Sky Mansion has a VIP suite, private bar, open kitchen and outdoor rooftop terrace with panoramic views. Private elevator access from the 108th floor provides exclusivity.

The Grand Ballroom has a 7.9-meter-high ceiling, walls covered in gold leaf and a balcony that frames the Guangzhou Library. Including a pre-function foyer, bridal suite and a reception space, it can accommodate up to 700 guests.

The Pavilion is a residential-style function space for up to 420 guests. The 739-square-meter (7,955 square foot) space includes dining rooms, lounges, a bar and interactive show kitchens.

At 2,628 square meters (28,288 square feet), Sense, A Rosewood Spa is the largest destination for fitness and well-being among hotels in southern China. Set across the 93rd and 94th floors, the wellness center includes a spa, relaxation lounge, yoga studio, fitness center and 25-meter-long indoor pool.

Photo credit: Rosewood Guangzhou