‘Castle Hotel,’ part of the luxury Starwood Hotels chain, is slated to open this August in the seaport city of Dalian in Liaoning Province, Northeastern China.
Built with all the details of a real Bavarian castle in Germany – built on a rocky outcrop etc., – the hotel perfectly recreates the style, bier and wurst included.
This is the second German-style castle-hotel to be built in China (the first such hotel is in Qingdao) and it will be the newest addition to the already fascinating list of architectural “copycats” that China seems to excel in. Other knockoffs include Little Paris, Thames Town, a Dutch town, a Austrian UNESCO World Heritage-designated village recreation and a copy of Vienna.
JingDaily describes the luxury hotel’s architecture and options:
On the exterior, tall tower spires pierce the air as ramparts encircle the castle. On the interior, craft beer flows in the “Royal Cellar” amid sprawling stone work, wood furnishings, and high ceilings. But this isn’t a Bavarian castle, as its appearance would like you to believe—in fact, this a “castle hotel” built some 5,025 miles east of the German region.
Apart from its German-inspired beer-and-grub “Royal Cellar,” The Castle Hotel also offers Chinese and Western restaurant options, as well as a “Lobby Lounge,” a cocktail lounge that it describes as “a place for the rich and famous to see and be seen, an elegant space which is very salonfähig,” the German word for “suitable for polite company.”
We suspect this also could just be a scheme by China to keep Chinese tourists from going abroad, so they spend more money inside the country. Why go to Venice when you’ve already got it on Wulumuqi Lu, right?
By Andreea Dragut
[Photo via Starwood Hotels]