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Shangri-La Hotel Nanjing (credit: Randy Yagi)

As the second largest city in eastern China, Nanjing is a leading destination for business and leisure travelers. Situated along the legendary Yangtze River, the capital of the Jiangsu province is considered the cultural and educational hub of China, having served as the capital for 10 dynasties and home to nearly 60 universities. With a positive look on the local economy and the unveiling of new world-class attractions like the extraordinary Nanjing Niushoushan Cultural Park, the ancient city is enjoying a surge in tourism as evidenced by rising visitor statistics and the presence of more than 100 hotels, many of which have opened within the past few years. Here is a profile of four the best hotels in Nanjing, all of which are remarkably affordable for the American businessman or leisure traveler.

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Fairmont Nanjing (credit: Randy Yagi)

Fairmont Nanjing
333 Jiangdong Middle Road
Jianye District
Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China
210019
+86 (25) 8672 8888
www.fairmont.com/nanjing

With its unique architectural style, world class dining and lush accommodations, the Fairmont Nanjing is arguably the most popular luxury hotel in the ancient city of Nanjing. Conveniently located on the upper levels of the 62-story Jin Ao Tower near the Olympic Sports Center, the Fairmont Nanjing has 359 guestrooms including 75 suites, many of which have some of the finest amenities among the world’s top luxury hotels. Its exceptional restaurants and bars compliment the luxurious settings of the property with an elegant setting and world class cuisine, most notably at the hotel’s signature restaurant Richesse Chinoise, which features a spacious main dining hall and an option to dine in one of its 22 private dining rooms on a separate level. As one would expect with a Fairmont property, Fairmont Nanjing also offers a high-end fitness center, the acclaimed Willow Stream Spa, the highest swimming pool in the city and a 26,900 square foot banquet and meeting facility. The winner of multiple industry awards, Fairmont Nanjing is the midst of developing 145 residences as part of the Fairmont Residences brand.

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Grand Mansion Nanjing (credit: Randy Yagi)

Grand Mansion Nanjing
300 Changjiang Road
Xuanwu Qu
Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China
210005
+86 (25) 8435 5888
www.starwoodhotels.com

Situated within footsteps of the Presidential Palace, the Grand Mansion Nanjing holds the distinction of being the most expensive hotel in the city. An illustrious member of Starwood Hotel’s Luxury Collection, the iconic hotel designed by the prestigious I. M. Pei Architects firm and HBA Interior Design features 159 elegantly appointed rooms including 15 magnificent luxury suites. First opened late last year, the Grand Mansion Nanjing offers rooms ranging from 495 square feet for the Deluxe and Superior Deluxe rooms to the enormous 4,467 square foot two-bedroom Presidential Suite, with a dining room for eight guests and an expansive private balcony with sweeping views of the city. In addition to the modern fitness center, swimming pool and conference facilities, the Grand Mansion Nanjing, also holds three dining area and the breathtaking Travelers’ Library, said to be one of China’s largest hotel libraries, with an impressive collection of books, rare antiques and local treasures. Visitors to the Grand Mansion Hotel should also take time to visit the two beautiful black swans on the outdoor patio of the hotel’s stylish Xi Lounge.

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InterContinental Hotel Nanjing (credit: Randy Yagi)

InterContinental Hotel Nanjing
1 Zhong Yang Road
Gulou District
Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China
210008
+86 (25) 8353 8888
www.ihg.com/nanjing

Visible from nearly all parts of Nanjing, the InterContinental Nanjing occupies most of the tallest building in the city. First opened in 2010, the luxury hotel features 433 guestrooms and suites ranging from 430 square feet for a classic room to lavish suites from 1,076 to 4,305 square feet. The InterContinental Hotel Nanjing also features an enormous spa and wellness facility with nine treatment areas, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and four dining areas, including Summit Restaurant, the tallest Chinese restaurant in Jiangsu Province with panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. The hotel’s Insider Collection offers two pillar-less ballrooms and seven multi-function rooms for corporate meetings, weddings and other social events. Located near Xuanwu Lake, the Intercontinental Hotel Nanjing can be found within Zifeng Tower, which at 1,480 feet is taller than New York’s Empire State Building and 13th tallest in the world.

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Shangri-La Hotel Nanjing (credit: Randy Yagi)

Shangri-La Hotel Nanjing
329 Zhongyang Road
Gulou District
Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China
+86 (25) 8630 8888
www.shangri-la.com/nanjing

A notable addition to the Shangri-La collection of luxury properties, the Shangri-La Hotel Nanjing offers superior service, fine dining and exceptional accommodations. Located in the lively Gulou District, the five star hotel features 450 guestrooms including 26 suites, as well as 21 serviced residences. Many of the guestrooms provide spectacular views of the city’s very popular Xuanwu Lake and range from 45 to 72 square meters (about 484 to 776 square feet), while the suites are from 90 to 261 square meters. Each of the guestrooms have several conveniences, such as reliable Wi-Fi access, a 40-inch smart TV with international channels, a marble-clad sink with a separate shower and bathtub and a full sized executive writing desk. Also on the property are one of the largest conference and event facilities in Nanjing, as well as an impressive gym with state-of-the-art equipment, a 25-meter swimming pool and Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and a superb spa facility with nine private massage rooms.