The Astor Hotel Opens In Tianjin

The Chinese port city of Tianjin celebrated the return of an icon with the opening of The Astor Hotel, under the flag of Starwood’s Luxury Collection. The Mayor of Tianjin, top government officials, senior executives of the Tianjin Tourism Group and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, joined guests and media at the glamourous event to mark a new chapter in the history of the 147-year old luxury hotel, located in the Heping commercial district.


Reputed to be the most impressive building in Tianjin during the early 20th Century, The Astor Hotel was originally built in 1863 by British missionary John Innocent under a Crown Lease from England’s Queen Victoria. A prime venue for political and social gatherings, the property was at the forefront of many historical and important events, with 2 international treaties signed at the property and luminaries including Dr. Sun Yat Sen, the last Emperor of China Pu Yi and former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai amongst its illustrous guests.


The hotel’s buildings, the Astor Wing and the Hai River Wing, were restored by award-winning interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud in classic Victorian style. The 152 guestrooms and suites pay homage to the hotel’s fabled heritage, furnished with the signaure Luxury Collection bed and 300-thread count sheets, spacious bathrooms with Remede bath amenities, 42-inch LCD television with DVD player, iPod docking station, high-speed internet access, workdesk, in-room safe, minibar and coffee-/tea-making facilities.


Guests can expect 2 of the Luxury Collection’s signature services, including Luggage Liaison and News Paper Direct, a print on-demand service for over 520 newspapers helping guests remain connected. For dining, 3 exquisite restaurants, including an all-day dining brasserie, fine-dining French restaurant and a sophisticated Chinese restaurant, provide a selection of cuisines for guests. A lobby lounge and British pub pay tribute to the hotel’s heritage, offering light bites and drinks.


Meetings and gatherings at The Astor Hotel can be held in its 1,000 square meters of meeting space, including the 320-square meter Grand Ballroom. A series of smaller spaces, designed in accordance with the hotel’s colonial style, cater to more intimate functions and are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. A team of meeting planners and wedding coordinators is on hand to support guests with a highly personalised level of attention. For recreation, the hotel has an indoor swimming pool, fitness center and its very own museum showcasing treasured antiques and memorabilia.


The Astor Hotel is the brand’s first property in China, joining a portfolio of distinguished hotels and resorts around the world. In 2012, the brand is set to debut The Malus Golf Resort & Spa at Sanya, Hainan Island. For more information, visit

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