The Vibe: For architecture buffs.
The Area: Lao Shan National Forest Park, about a 45-minute drive from Nanjing proper.
The DNA: The Sifang Hotel Nanjing offers a unique stay experience in the green sanctuary of Lao Shan National Forest Park, which is a destination in itself. Architecture and art lovers will be able to visit the Sifang Art Museum and appreciate the architectural collection of uniquely designed villas that bear the artistic hallmarks of 24 world-renowned and local architects, including Arata Isozaki, Steven Holl, Kazuyo Sejima, Ettore Sottsass, and Wang Shu, the first Chinese winner of the Pritzker Prize. There’s culinary experiences to be enjoyed too, including Labbra Rosse, which serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine which is led by Mert Yukselen, who won the Best Creative Chef Award on The Greatest Chef of China CCTV. Guests can enjoy dessert creations by Pastry Chef Andrew Xue, winner of Best Chocolate Cake Award in the China Pastry Cup. For other gastronomical delights, there is Chuan Palace, which offers Cantonese, Huai Yang and Sichuan cuisines in an opulent dining area flanked by 14 private dining rooms. The Rooftop Bar features a selection of whiskies, wines and cocktails; while the hotel’s Lobby Lounge offers afternoon tea.
Suite-Me-Up: Accommodations range from double rooms to 6-bedroomed villa’s.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 149 rooms, suites & villas (32-970m2) (344-10,437 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2018 • architecture & interior design: Hirsch Bedner Associates, 20 various architects ✅ free on-site parking • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk