Luxury chains eager to claim share of spoils

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am


Xiamen will welcome an additional 1,000 rooms, mostly in luxury international hotel chains, this year.

The 297-room Pullman Xiamen Powerlong opened on January 18. Located in the central business district (CBD) at the fringe of Bailuzhou Park and Lake Yundang, it is near the famous 'cafe street', restaurants, bars and nightspots.

Next to open will be the 304-room Westin Xiamen on April 18. Positioned as a business hotel, it expects to get business mainly from international and national corporations, in addition to overseas leisure travellers.

General manager Martin Verpoorten says the hotel will differ from competitors in many ways. 'The Westin brand has very distinguished brand programmes and products. We have organised a special pre-opening campaign to invite guests to experience the divine bed, in unexpected locations such as the airport and a prime shopping mall.'

The property will be the only international brand to offer express check-in and boarding-pass printing services at the hotel lobby and executive lounge.

Scheduled to open in mid-April, Kempinski positions its Xiamen property as a luxury five-star hotel. In addition to 460 guestrooms and suites, including the Kempinski executive floors with 24-hour butler services, the hotel also boasts more than 2,600 square metres of conference and banqueting space, a spa and a branded retail area.

The soon-to-open Hotel Indigo Xiamen Harbour is opposite Gulangyu, with harbour views, while the Langham Place is set to open late this year.

With 330 rooms and suites, Langham Place nestles in the CBD and will offer extensive meeting spaces. These include the Star Room on the 22nd floor overlooking the city, a grand ballroom, and extensive flexible meeting facilities.

Other luxury arrivals will include Double Tree by Hilton Wuyan Bay Xiamen (first quarter next year), Conrad (2014) and Shangri-La Hotel Xiamen (after 2015).