Local media are getting their shorts all tied up in knots over what they call "West China's first six-star hotel," grandiose lodgings to be built in Chengdu by the Canadian five-star hotel and resort operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.
The property will be located along Metro Line 1, at the under-construction Palm Springs International Center in Century City and feature office and commercial spaces as well as its signature luxury residences over 31 acres. The grand opening is expected to be held in 2014.
The million-dollar question is, of course, what makes it merit six stars? And the answer is, of course, nothing, really: There's apparently no such thing as an official six-star hotel. It's just media jibberish. What is certain, however, is that the hotel will bring another layer of internationalism to Chengdu, and quite likely a new standard for luxury accommodations as well.
In China, Fairmont—operators of numerous historical hotels in North America—already runs the Fairmont Beijing, the Yangcheng Lake Hotel in Kunshan, and the Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai. In addition to the Chengdu location, Fairmont is building properties in Sanya, Nanjing, and Taiyuan.