Conrad — Guangzhou, China
The Conrad group has finally landed in Guangzhou, marking its seventh property in China. Its location, right at the heart of the city’s CBD, Zhujiang New Town, but within striking distance of the recently built Guangzhou Opera House and the library, cleaves close to the brand’s MO of catering to both business and leisure travellers. From a visual perspective, the decision was definitely worthwhile for the remarkable views of a mishmash of traditional houses backed by the Canton Tower and the Pearl River, and beyond that, a sprawl of looming skyscrapers.
Occupying a 27-storey tower, which is part of a mixed-use complex, the 309-room property has been designed by Hong Kong-based design firm CCD, while the public spaces have been outfitted by André Fu and AB Concept.
And so, the ’Conrad purple’ is flecked throughout understated rooms that are dressed with clean-lined low-slung furnishings, light timbers and tactile materials, while marble bathrooms feature free-standing baths that look out onto the city views.
While an array of dining options surround the hotel, you’ll be hard-pressed to leave, when one of the three in-house restaurants includes Yun Pavilion. Here, chef Tan serves up molecular Chinese gastronomy alongside crowd-pleasures such as a selection of dim sum, within an enveloping space that imparts Fu’s aesthetic for reinterpreting traditional ideas in a modern setting.