The Ritz-Carlton brand is on a roll in China. Today, the luxury hotelier opened its 10th property in the country—The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin. The 277-room hotel is located in Northeast China within the modern downtown business district of Tianjin near the Haihe River. The city was once a key trading port, also known as the “port of the emperor.” The hotel is a 30-minute drive from Tianjin Binhai International Airport and a 30-minute train ride to Beijing.
The design pays tribute to the historical heritage of the city, but still adds contemporary touches based on China's modern development. The hotel surrounds a classically styled courtyard, a popular space for welcome receptions or group check-in. The guestrooms and public spaces were designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, who has successfully executed hotel space for international brands like Shangri-La and Four Seasons. Rochon uses his knowledge of French culture and European classicism as inspiration for all of his projects, while sprinkling in aspects of the local culture.
The rooms are lined with cream and ivory moldings that line a wall unit filled with European-inspired furnishings. The space is splashed with blue and white textures and floor to ceiling draperies. The plush bedding includes leather-lined headboards and there's comfortable seating throughout the expansive space. The public spaces include stunning interiors with high ceilings and marble. The walls are draped with hand-painted murals of traditional Europe and Chinese imperial paintings.
“The opening of the Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin in one of China's most strategically important cities reflects our desire to meet the growing Chinese appetite for international luxury hospitality experiences,” says Herve Humler, president and CEO of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “The hotel represents a destination opportunity that will accelerate the recognition by the luxury Chinese guests of our service commitment to create memorable experiences.”
The hotel includes four restaurants, including Tian Tai Xuan, an authentic Chinese restaurant serving contemporary twists on traditional Cantonese recipes. The restaurant is only accessible through a private elevator and includes 10 private dining rooms. For a romantic meal outdoors, enjoy Zest restaurant inside the hotel courtyard. The alfresco eatery draws inspiration from Hong Kong's open-air dining culture, mixed with romantic Italian bistros and minimalist japanese cuisine. The restaurant features a novel-sized wine list, an open kitchen and a French-style Patisserie. Also dine at Flair, Tianjin's only cigar lounge, or the Lobby Lounge, a yellow backlit bar lined with blue and ivory accents.
The hotel has the largest meeting space in the city, including a 11,302-sf ballroom.