Solis Hotels Takes Its Destination-Focused Brand to China

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Solis Hotels Takes Brand to China
Solis Hotels Takes Brand to China

The living room of a suite at Han Yue Lou Hotel in Nanjing, China. The suite affords a view of Nanjing’s Olympic Stadium, where the 2014 Youth Olympic Games will take place in August; Han Yue Lou is the games’ host hotel.

Solis Hotels and Resorts has opened its first branded property in China: Han Yue Lou Hotel Nanjing, a 319-room luxury hotel with 25,000 square feet of meeting and event space in the heart of Nanjing’s Central Business District. It’s the first of several new locations planned by Solis, which is owned by Capella Hotel Group.

“Solis is designed with the group customer in mind,” says Kit Pappas, executive vice president of Capella Hotel Group. “We want to make meetings a more important part of (the Solis) business, and at the same time provide a great experience for the meeting planner.”

Solis tries to create a unique sense of place in each of the cities where it operates, Pappas says: “People really want to experience genuine and authentic adventures. They want something that really typifies the area they’re visiting. It’s really not about the physical space anymore but what kind of adventure you have that you can go home and tell your friends about.”

Thus, the Solis hotel in Donegal, Ireland, is designed like a medieval castle (with ultra-modern conveniences); in Sochi, Russia, clean lines and natural woods and metals fit the hotel’s location in the Caucasus Mountains. Pappas says the Nanjing hotel is distinguished by its “exquisite design and architecture,” its “exceptional Chinese restaurant” on site and its stunning view of Nanjing’s stadium for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

The Nanjing hotel accommodates groups averaging 75 to 100 pax in its its eight function rooms and one VIP room; its  Grand Ballroom has room for up to 800 pax and the Junior Ballroom, up to 250. The hotel is connected to Yurun International Plaza, a dining-entertainment-retail-residential complex; it’s close to Nanjing’s Olympic Stadium and Nanjing International Expo Center and is 11km from a stop on China’s premier high-speed rail network.

Culinary experiences include Jiu Jiu Yuan Chinese Restaurant, whose design was inspired by the majestic estate homes of ancient China; and the Grill and Rye Bar steakhouse, which has a private dining room available for meetings.

More Solis properties are planned in the coming years: Doha, Qatar, in 2015; Guangzhou, China, in 2015; and Ubud, Bali, in 2016. Like their predecessors, they’ll emphasize the destination experience above all, Pappas says.

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Above: One of two VIP areas located on the hotel’s sixth-floor meeting/banquet area.

Below: The executive board room, a fully wired multi-media space with 13-inch screens that raise and lower into the meeting table for personal viewing of the presentation being shown on the overhead. 

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