Authentic Chinese Design in a Modern Hotel

Story By
Michael Eaton

Travelers looking to enjoy the inside of their hotels as much as the city around it should look into the Renaissance Xi’an Hotel. Finally opening after an extensive design process involving internationally-renowned architecture firm Wilson Associates, the hotel’s design is heavily inspired by its surroundings. Located in the ancient city, the hotel offers its guests the opportunity to explore the tradition associated with the birthplace of Chinese culture through modern interior spaces.

The design team drew inspiration from the classic geometry and shapes of the ancient Chinese paper game Tangram. The seven geometric shapes that make up the game are a motif that is referenced throughout the hotel, from the chairs and furniture to the art on the walls and inside rooms. Starting with the multi-functional lobby, the communal areas feature the Tangram set pieces, while the lounge seating fits together like the famous game.

In all 396 guest rooms and suites there are modern, curated furnishings mixed with vibrant tones and bold design. The bathrooms consist of a standalone soaking tub, glass encased shower enclosures, and a vanity with a bowl sink. The Presidential Suite, the largest room in the hotel, features an aura of luxury and can function as either a residential suite or a lounge for corporate suite. Once again, the modular furniture pieces fit together like a Tangram puzzle, and can be manipulated and styled to the guests own preferences.

The aesthetic and attention to detail creates a memorable experience for travelers to Xi’an, with touches of Chinese-inspired décor and figurines dotted throughout the hotel and with small design surprises awaiting guests in every room. Restaurants throughout the hotel feature the same creative and contemporary décor, with architecture and design inspired by various references to Chinese culture. Other Chinese-inspired elements include the stone shower tower, the design here referencing the look of a Wing Chun marital arts wooden stand.

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