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Luxury Collection hotel The Grand Mansion is unveiled in China’s intriguing Ancient City

By Melanie Kruger on 21st August 2015

Travelling long distance can be an exhausting pursuit whatever the occasion, and being able to retreat to a space that is luxurious, elegant and filled with opulence is the perfect antidote.

So if you’re heading to China any time soon, then be sure to pay a visit to the brand new addition to The Luxury Collection – The Grand Mansion Hotel in Nanjing.

The hotel, which is a seventh opening in the country for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, is located in the capital of China’s Jiangsu province, and is set to provide the perfect base from which to explore for businessmen and tourists alike.

The Grand Mansion is ideally located on the historic Chanjiang Road, sharing its unparalleled location with the Oriental Metropolitan Museum on the archaeological site of the Jiankang Palace. Steps away from the iconic Presidential Palace, The Grand Mansion features 158 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, including 15 suites and an expansive Presidential Suite, designed to capture the destination’s profound history and rich cultural legacy.

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The Grand Mansion, Nanjing

One of the original “Four Great Ancient Cities of China,” Nanjing is less than 300 miles from Shanghai, situated on the lower stretches of the Yangzi River. Considered an up-and-coming university town, the city is also a national hub for business and tourism with an impressive, enduring historical heritage. A magnificent city wall still surrounds most of Nanjing, which boasts tree-lined boulevards, chic cafes and historical museums, set amidst a beautiful landscape of lakes, forested parks and rivers.

Led by I.M. Pei Architects with HBA Interior Design, The Grand Mansion’s design draws inspiration from Nanjing’s time as the nation’s capital during its Ming-dynasty apogee and then again as the capital of the Republic of China in the early twentieth century. Evoking the residential feel of a private noble home, such as that of the nation’s founding father Sun Yat Sen, the hotel boasts an extensive art collection, handcrafted textiles, opulent chinaware and a compelling collection of books on local history and culture.

The meticulously designed public spaces of The Grand Mansion harken back to the city’s celebrated era. Sun-drenched and surrounded by rooftop windows, The Travellers’ Library is one of China’s largest hotel libraries with a vast collection of 3,000 books as well as local antiques and global treasures that pay tribute to numerous voyages by global explorers around the world.

Nearby, guests can relax in the Xi Lounge, which offers an exquisite collection of teas. For dinner, the traditional Xuan Ling Ge Chinese restaurant artfully serves “Min Guo” cuisine, a culinary signature of Nanjing that fuses Huaiyang, Hangzhou, and traditional Taiwanese flavours; while The Atrium offers all-day dining option, specialising in Nanjing and international cuisines, including Min Guo-style dishes, barbecue and local snacks.

The Grand Mansion also presents guests with a range of leisure facilities, such as a fitness centre, indoor heated pool and luxurious spa.

As part of The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, The Grand Mansion offers The Luxury Collection Concierge service to guide discerning guests in their exploration and unlocking of the very best of the destination. Each Luxury Collection Concierge is a bilingual, certified destination expert, proudly wearing the “clef d’or”, the gilt insignia of the prestigious international concierge society. These local experts are eager to reveal the indigenous treasures, which are off the typical traveller’s radar, including walking and driving tours of Min Guo-era architecture and historical residences in and around Nanjing.

The Grand Mansion is the latest hotel to figure in The Luxury Collection’s global expansion, which is set to surpass 100 venues around the world by the end of this year. In China, The Grand Mansion joins a distinguished portfolio that includes The Castle Hotel in Dalian, The Azure Qiantang in Hangzhou, Twelve at Hengshan and The Hongta Hotel in Shanghai, as well as The Royal Begonia in Sanya and the legendary Astor Hotel in Tianjin.

For more information, please visit www.luxurycollection.com/grandmansion.