Designed by Beijing born architect, Ma Yansong, the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort is an eye-capturing addition to the horizon of Huzhou to say the least! Like an upright horse shoe, this 27 story hotel projects wonderful reflections across the Taihu lake in Zhejiang Province, China.
After its shape and structure, the next most capturing element of its design must be the light shows which it displays at night. With lights sparkling across the lake, the building covers itself with unique, immersive patterns. Although Westerners may claim to have seen a huge glowing donut, Yansong accredits his inspiration to the arch bridges commonly seen in old Chinese paintings.
Whilst astounding passerby’s, the hotel also embraces guests in an impressive, extravagant manner. Whether passing through on a business trip or exploring the surroundings and escaping work-life, they seem to have accommodated for every circumstance. The lobby is nothing less than lavish, with 20,000 Swarovski and European natural crystal lamps forming a luminous wave across the ceiling, and a floor paved with Afghan White Jade and Brazilian Tiger’s Eye. With three restaurants, each with private rooms, and two lounges, offering cocktails and coffee, as well as 16 meeting spaces covering a total of 2,200 square meters, the hotel offers meeting grounds for every kind of liaison. They have even gone a step further and accommodated for the most intimate of ceremonies; Sheraton Huzhou offers a 1,600 square meter wedding island for any guests wishing engage in Holy matrimony during their stay.
Tourists are offered a rich experience inside and out. The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort is located in an ancient metropolis in the north of Zheijang Province, known as ‘The City of Silk’, which is renowned for being the birthplace of the famous Far East tea culture. The city of Huzhou dates back 2,300 years, with a visible history of ancient temples and pagodas. Thus visitors experience a fascinating mix of ancient and modern culture.
The sparkling structure offers 321 spacious guest rooms, which include 44 suites and 39 villas. Each room includes a private balcony, a large work desk with ergonomic chair, high speed internet access, an LCD flat screen television, and an iPod docking station. Echoing the extravagance of the exterior, the suites are fitted with marble bathrooms with sunken bathtubs and walk-in ‘rainforest’ showers. If the tropical shower isn’t enough, guests can book themselves into the holistic spa, with a steam room, saunas and hydrotherapy pools.
Surrounded by forests and hot springs, the Sheraton Huzhou Hotel seems to have it all. It’s certainly a fascinating design that undoubtedly adds an impressive landmark to China’s modern architectural scene.