Jewel in the crown
In the process of hosting the 2010 Asian Games, Guangzhou has transformed itself into a fully modernised city, and Pearl River New City is the jewel in its crown. While residents and visitors alike flock to its new landmarks, a host of 5-star hotels have set up shop in the city's new central business district (CBD), making it the ideal spot for conferences, meetings, product launches and anything business in Guangzhou.
Located in a gleaming new skyscraper on the south end of the CBD, the Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, exudes customary Ritz elegance and old-world refinement. 'Rather than focusing on massive conference facilities, we base our brand on our 'legendary service',' says public relations manager Michele Lu. Facilities include a grand ballroom, three individual meeting rooms and private rooms inside its Chinese and Italian restaurants.
The Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, on the north side of the CBD, has a host of offerings. From its hip Sky Lobby on the 22nd floor, the vibe is one of chic exuberance, and dazzling views abound. To cater to its business clientele, it offers a multifunctional grand ballroom, six conference rooms and one boardroom. And for those who prefer to mix business and pleasure, The Penthouse offers 13 private, residential-style dining rooms.
The most recent 5-star hotel to open in Pearl River New City is the Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich.