For this stylish hotel in Nanjing, China, San Francisco-based design firm
BAMO created a luxury experience worthy of the international traveler with rich detail, rooms that have a residential feel, and subtle nods to the local culture. 51
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The hotel is set within a modern 27-story glass tower. In the entry, a dramatic glass chandelier and polished stone flooring and walls create a striking first impression and establish a sense of scale and proportion reminiscent of a grand house. Marble columns in the lobby are connected by bronze screens, which give a feeling of both transparency and mystery and discreetly shield the reception and concierge areas.
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Glimpsed through the hotel foyer are four persimmon Asian-inspired sofas in the lobby lounge. The floor to ceiling windows beyond look out to a Chinese garden.
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Just in front the lobby lounge is the stylish yellow and black library that serves breakfast and all-day tea from the adjacent bakery. Black lacquer bookcases and black-and-white art energize the room.
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This space is a lively center for entertainment from afternoon to evening and is anchored on one end by a large onyx fireplace and on the other by a large abstract mural.
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The cosmopolitan ambiance continues into the hallways outside the guest rooms, with individual carpet runners adorning the wood floors.
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Overlooking Nanjing's new central business district, the guest rooms are expertly fitted-out for functionality, yet still have a residential feel. The design team evoked the feel of home with rich color schemes and lavish details.
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The guest room sleeping area has a slightly cozier, residential feel, with a sleeping alcove and wood-trimmed silk-upholstered walls throughout.
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A highly polished bookcase and a contemporary lacquer desk create an office-like space. The built-in details and high shine of the millwork give the room a warm feel and a yacht-like elegance and efficiency.
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Typical guest rooms feature a proper entry space, walk-in closet and a generous, streamlined bath in Ming green marble.
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With sweeping city views, the Premier Club Suite has the atmosphere of a contemporary urban apartment that belongs to an active, well-traveled couple. Lightly limed oak floors, contrasting high gloss teak woodwork, and full-height glass walls lend a contemporary, airy feeling to the space.
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The suite is designed for young, international business travelers who often entertain on their business trips. In the dining area, a central table is flanked on each side by pivoting decorative panels that allow guests to open the apartment from bedroom to living area.
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The suite also includes an intimate room off the foyer that can be used as a small study or office with a private entrance to a luxurious windowed bath and dressing area. It functions and flows beautifully with just the right touch of glamour.
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Located on the top level and occupying half of the floor, the Penthouse Suite is stately, classical, and timeless. The suite accommodates every need—there is an extended butler’s pantry, an office, a private gym and massage room, as well as a private swimming pool on the roof. Furnishings are reminiscent of the classics, but designed with contemporary flair.
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This suite, with panoramic views and contemporary extravagance, is designed for a sophisticated international traveler.
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Located on the upper floor, the Executive Lounge is well-suited to business travelers. Offering a personal concierge and conference room, the lounge areas are designed to feel like a comfortable living room.
Photography by Chester Ong