South Korea’s hotel group, The Shilla, is expanding into China where it will operate the new 5 star Shilla Suzhou.
Shilla, a Samsung Group affiliate, has signed a management contract to operate the new property which opened in April 2006.
The brand new 308-room hotel is a distinctive new landmark in Suzhou beside the picturesque Jinji Lake.
With six restaurants, one conference hall, nine functions room and one banquet hall accommodating up to 400, it is the first luxury 5-star business hotel in the city, located in a prestigious development area close to Suzhou International EXPO.
It has been designed to combine modern art with traditional Chinese style by international architects Hiller Architecture, the firm behind projects such as the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia and Grand Hyatt Shanghai.
Commenting on the deal, General Manager and CEO, Mr. Man-Soo Lee, said, “It is a significant milestone for us, extending our brand ‘The Shilla’ overseas.”
Shilla has earned numerous international accolades for its two luxury home grown properties, The Shilla Seoul and its sister resort on the southern island of Jeju, The Shilla Jeju.