Sheraton's ninth China property debuts in Chengdu


CHENGDU, China -- Sheraton Hotels and Resorts last month hoisted its ninth flag in China, this time above the Chengdu Lido Hotel in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

Sheraton was the first international hotel company to enter the Chinese market when it agreed to manage the Great Wall Sheraton Hotel in Beijing 15 years ago. The company still manages that hotel today.

In the past year alone, Sheraton opened properties in Suzhou and Nanjing, and will add a 10th hotel in Shenyang later this year.

The new, 402-room Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Located in the heart of Chengdu's commercial and entertainment district, Sheraton said the 402-room Chengdu Lido Hotel is a good choice for both business and leisure travelers, although it expects business travelers to account for the lion's share of bookings.

The hotel opened with 200 rooms, banquet facilities and restaurants in operation. Sheraton said it expects the hotel will be fully functional in August.

To celebrate the hotel's soft opening, Sheraton is marketing a rate of $88 per room, double. The price includes breakfast and is valid through Aug. 31.

In order to attract business travelers, rooms are equipped with international direct-dial phones with voice mail and data ports, and they have work desks with ergonomic chairs.

In addition, the hotel offers a 24-hour business center with a secretarial service, an in-house Internet facility, meeting rooms and a ballroom.

The grand ballroom can accommodate up to 500 people. Three other banquet rooms can accommodate up to 95 people.

Other amenities include a concierge, room service, valet parking, a parking facility and an airport limousine service.

The rooms offer individually controlled air conditioning, separate showers and bathtubs, safes, minibars, tea and coffee service and hair dryers.

Active guests can work out at the health club, which includes a sauna and steam room, a Jacuzzi, an outdoor swimming pool and massage facilities. An indoor golf driving range is available at the adjacent Sichuan Stadium.

Dining options include the Nova Cafe and Grill for Asian and continental fare, and the Fontana Bar and Sidewalk Lounge for coffees and beverages as well as homemade cakes and pastries. The Celestial Court serves Cantonese and local Sichuan cuisine.

Phone: (800) 325-3535

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