Marriott International Inc. today announced the opening of Fuzhou Marriott Hotel Riverside in the capital city of Fujian province, China. The new hotel is strategically located in a prime location in the heart of Donghu Digital Town in Changle district, Fuzhou’s ultramodern innovation, business and lifestyle hub. Fuzhou Marriott Hotel Riverside is set to bring sophisticated, intuitively-designed spaces for guests to work, relax and find inspiration during their stay in Fuzhou.
“We are very excited to open Fuzhou Marriott Hotel Riverside, and celebrate the 3rd Marriott brand hotel here in Fujian province,” said Henry Lee, President, Greater China, Marriott International.
“Fujian province is fast becoming a destination with immense economic, social and cultural significance, both domestically and globally. We are very pleased to see the robust growth of our signature brand here, as we expand our portfolio to serve the needs of our guests when they travel to this region,” he added.
With over 2,200 years of history, Fuzhou attracts both domestic and international visitors with its rich cultural heritage and traditional crafts as well as its unique local cuisines. Major attractions include the famous historical street of ten ancient lanes called Three Lanes and Seven Alleys, Drum Mountain and Xichan Temple. Fuzhou is the capital of Fujian, and makes an ideal base for exploring other areas of the province, including Xiamen, Wuyi Mountain and the famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fujian Tulou earthen houses, dating back to the 17th century.
Located within easy proximity of many of the city’s business and leisure facilities, Fuzhou Marriott Hotel is only five minutes’ walk from Fuzhou Future Center (FFC) and Fuzhou Digital China Convention and Exhibition Center, venue for the annual Digital China Summit. Situated next to Fuzhou’s scenic East Lake, the hotel also offers guests easy access to a lovely 12 kilometer-long sandy beach, an 18-hole golf course, water sports and other recreational facilities. Fuzhou Changle International Airport is conveniently located 13 kilometers or about 15 minutes’ drive away, providing travelers easy connections to and from other local and international destinations.
The design of the hotel, by the renowned architects PLD Consultants Hong Kong, brings to life the overall aesthetic concept of ‘Blowing Wind and Flowing Water’, which pays homage to Fuzhou’s origins as the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road. The region’s historical and cultural influences are seen in the design elements, including its indigenous lacquer art, oil paper umbrellas and tea traditions. In the hotel lobby, 16 stunning lacquer screens soar sail-like into the high ceiling. In the courtyard garden, a futuristic ‘Star of The Ocean’ wedding chapel is set in the middle of a reflecting pool. The design narrative continues throughout all the areas in the hotel, with elements in the dining outlets, guest rooms and other spaces symbolizing the natural forces of wind and water.
The hotel’s 318 spacious guest rooms and suites were created to be restful and relaxing sanctuaries for the traveler. Natural colors, comfortable signature bedding, locally-inspired art elements, luxurious marble-clad bathrooms and other thoughtful in-room amenities combine into spaces where guests can be inspired whether at work, at play or simply at rest.
Each room features an intelligent welcome system which turns on the lights and television and opens the curtains when guests enter the room. Large floor-to-ceiling windows frame expansive views of the beautiful East Lake or East China Sea. Many of the hotel’s services are put at guests’ fingertips with the Marriott Bonvoy App, including digital room keys and seamless check-ins and check-outs.
Authentic Dining Inspirations
Fuzhou Marriott Hotel Riverside offers an exciting array of dining options for guests who wish to experience both local specialties and international cuisines. Goji Kitchen & Bar is an all-day dining restaurant featuring multiple live cooking stations, versatile indoor and outdoor seating areas and menus showcasing classic Asian and international favorites. Jasmine Chinese Restaurant is named after the official flower of Fuzhou and specializes in contemporary Cantonese cuisine as well as authentic Fuzhou dishes.
The restaurant also offers five elegant dining rooms which with its design take cue from Silk Culture and can seat 12 to 20 guests for private gatherings. The Bao is a micro concept restaurant specializing in traditional Fujian steamed bao buns, Chinese barbecue rice dishes and snacks. The Lounge is an open-plan space with the multi-functional style and purpose of Marriott Hotels’ Greatrooms, where guests can combine business and social pursuits over light snacks, pastries and refreshing beverages.
On the 26th floor, Dew Bud Tea House overlooks the idyllic East Lake, and offers a traditional Chinese tea ceremony featuring exquisite local teas such as Fuzhou jasmine tea and Wuyi Mountain rock tea. Also on the same level, M Club is an exclusive lounge for Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador Elite Marriott Bonvoy members and guest who stay on executive floor, serving light meals, drinks and cocktails in the evenings.
Meetings and Events
Fuzhou Marriott Hotel Riverside offers 1,750 square meters of meeting spaces capable of hosting a wide range of events such as small to large-scale conferences, exhibitions and social gatherings. The 1,050 square meter Grand Ballroom is the hotel’s centerpiece venue, featuring a built-in 95 square meter high definition LED screen. The adjacent Ballroom Foyer, with its direct access to the courtyard garden, is ideal for welcome drinks and tea breaks during events.
Five customizable function rooms, complete with video conferencing facilities, provide venues for smaller meetings and other occasions. The hotel’s ‘Star of The Ocean’ outdoor chapel, set in a beautiful waterscaped garden, provides a unique and unforgettable venue for weddings. Next to the chapel, a green lawn is the perfect spot for an intimate reception or private dinner after the ceremony.
Fuzhou Marriott Hotel Riverside also offers a host of wellness and fitness facilities, including an indoor heated pool, a yoga room and a 24-hour fitness center.
“Fuzhou is a vibrant and exciting city which offers so much for both business and leisure visitors to see and do,” said Jacky Gao, General Manager, Fuzhou Marriott Hotel Riverside.
“With our guest-focused amenities, services and philosophy, we strive to anticipate our guests’ every need during their stay with us. This frees their minds to travel and to be inspired, allowing them to make the most of their visit to this amazing destination,” he continued.