By Chris C., January 20 2016

Marriott International makes its debut in Nanjing, China this month with the opening of the Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre hotel, appealing to “lifestyle business travellers” who hope to explore and experience some of the local culture during their otherwise-working visit.

At the heart of the city’s Hexi CBD, guests are well-located near the Nanjing International Expo Centre and Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, along with a number of restaurants and bars within easy walking distance.

The property is also a quick taxi ride from the Nanjing and Nanjing South railway stations and 40km from Nanjing Lukou International Airport, with 251 guestrooms including 19 suites all offering an array of modern amenities.

Among them, the expected HDTVs but with connectivity panels for linking up your own devices such as laptops and tablets to the big screen – great when finding English-language content on Chinese TV can be a challenge – plus work desks with ergonomic leather chairs.

You’ll also find an iron and ironing board in the rooms, plus a separate bath tub and rain shower and niceties like hairdryers and electronically-controlled curtains.

Guests can enjoy authentic Huaiyang cuisine and local gourmet delights at Wan Li, an upscale Chinese restaurant with 18 private dining rooms, or more international fare at the Food Studio all-day dining restaurant.

R Bar also serves up coffee and seasonal cocktails, while Pixie specialises in freshly-baked pastries, sandwiches and cakes. Guests on the Club floors can too meet or unwind in the Club Lounge, while eight meeting rooms are at the ready for private booking.

Rounding out the offering in the City of Emperors is a 24-hour fitness centre, an indoor swimming pool and a spa.

“Through our hotel, guests would be able to find something unconventional to help them discover genuine local experiences in Nanjing,” said Coco Wen, General Manager of Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre Hotel.

“These may inspire them to think creatively, help them do their jobs better, or give them an anecdote they can take home or to their next meeting.”

Nanjing is a hub for Chinese university-level research and plays home to the offices and manufacturing lines of global companies like Volkswagen, Sharp and Iveco, with Qantas partner China Eastern flying non-stop from Sydney to Nanjing three times a week.

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Chris C.

Chris is a a former contributor to Executive Traveller.

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