Accor has opened its latest hotel in China, the Sofitel Riverside Qingyuan. The contemporary-styled Sofitel offers 368 guest rooms and suites, with half overlooking the Beijang River. Club Sofitel rooms and a Club Sofitel lounge are also available. All rooms feature Sofitel’s signature MyBed, the most comfortable hotel bed in China.
Dining options include a variety of cuisine styles:
- Oui coffee shop specialising in buffets
- Le Chinois Cantonese restaurant, with 32 private rooms
- e6 fine-dining restaurant (opening later)
- Sakae Japanese restaurant
- Lobby Lounge, with wide terrace which opens out onto the Beijiang and a KTV lounge with 72 private rooms, show hall and nightclub adjoins the Sofitel
The hotel has extensive meeting facilities with over 1800 sq meters of function space, including a Grand Ballroom and three smaller meeting rooms.
Leisure facilities include a large indoor (25x12 meters) swimming pool and an outdoor swimming pool (to be completed later this year), fully equipped gymnasium, steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. A rooftop tennis court provides a great venue to combine sport with attractive city views.
Qingyuan’s location in the Pearl River Delta makes the city a strategic gateway between the river delta, the scenic mountain areas in northern Guangdong Province and China’s inland regions.
A mere hour’s drive north of Guangzhou, Qingyuan is one of the fastest-growing cities in Guangdong Province, breaking records for GDP growth (up 23.3% in 2006), foreign trade, foreign investment, fixed-asset investment, and productivity growth. By the end of 2006, 221 projects with a total investment of 50 billion RMB were underway in Qingyuan and there are more than 1,000 foreign enterprises, processing and assembling enterprises operating within the urban district.
The region is also a popular tourist area, with many attractions including white water rafting, hot springs, mountain trekking, caves, temples, and local villages. Qingyuan is an ideal base for viewing attractions such as Feixia Scenic Spots, Baojing Palace of Yingde, Taihe Ancient Cave of Qingxin, Sankeng Hot Spring, Huanghua Lake of Fogang, Little Beijiang of Lianyang, Underground River of Lianzhou, Three Gorges of Huangchuan and Yinzhan Hot Spring Holiday Area.