Marriott brings two brands to Suzhou mixed use development

Pictured: rendering of The Ritz-Carlton, Suzhou.
Marriott International has signed an agreement with China Central Place, Suzhou to bring The Ritz-Carlton and Marriott Executive Apartments brands to Suzhou, a major city in eastern China.

The Ritz-Carlton, Suzhou and Marriott Executive Apartments Suzhou plan to open at the end of 2024 and in the middle of 2025, respectively.

China Central Place, Suzhou is a newly built, mixed-use development that will bring together hotels, residences, retail, and offices. The two new Marriott properties will serve as key components of the Huamao Group-developed complex.

Ritz richness

With interior design by Remedios Studio, The Ritz-Carlton, Suzhou will feature 190 guestrooms and suites. The hotel is set to offer a range of dining options including a specialty restaurant with an open kitchen, a Chinese restaurant, a destination bar, and a lobby lounge.

Plans for recreational amenities will include an indoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, and signature Ritz-Carlton Spa with four treatment rooms. In addition, the hotel is expected to offer 735 sq m of well-equipped conference and event facilities, including a 508 sq m ballroom.

Elevated extended stay

The other property, Marriott Executive Apartments Suzhou, aims to meet travellers’ long-stay lodging needs by providing an elevated serviced apartment experience. It is anticipated to feature 270 modern residential apartments offering space and the privacy of residential living away from home. 

The building is slated to feature one- and two-bedroom apartments with separate sleeping, living, and working areas. Additional planned facilities include a 31 sq m meeting room, as well as the Residents Lounge, a space that serves breakfast and evening cocktails, allowing guests to work and socialise.

Destination debut

Gavin Yu, chief development officer, Greater China, Marriott International, said: “Under the ‘Brand + Destination’ development strategy — matching destinations with brand debuts and entries, we are delighted to announce the new signings with Suzhou Chunji Real Estate Development. The dual-branded properties will cater to the growing guest demand for differentiated experiences.”

Wang Honglun, co-president, Huamao Group, added: “We are pleased to announce our signing with Marriott International. We are confident that this project will be a prime example of business excellence, elevating our hospitality offerings to world-class levels for locals and travellers alike.”

City pipeline

In Suzhou, Marriott currently operates 15 hotels across eight brands, including W Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, Four Points by Sheraton, Element by Westin, Courtyard by Marriott, and Fairfield by Marriott.

The group has many more sites in the pipeline for the city, including The Westin Suzhou Xiangcheng, adding 420 keys in Q2 this year; the 200-room Sheraton Hotel Dianshanhu Hermes Cove, arriving in Q3 2024; and the 200-key Le Meridien Kunshan Center Suzhou, yet to be designated a delivery date.