AccorHotels has strengthened its presence in China with the signing of a deal with the Luneng Group for three hotels in Beijing.
The three projects, two of which are new-build hotels, are expected to add a total of 525 rooms to AccorHotels’ Chinese inventory when they open in 2017 and 2018. The deal will also see the launch of Beijing’s first MGallery hotel.
“We are very excited to collaborate with Luneng Group, one of the leading real estate developers in China, for a batch of three projects in… Beijing,” said Paul Richardson, AccorHotels’ chief operating officer for Greater China.
“This unprecedented strategic partnership in the city involves three distinctive brands that will enable us to better cater to our guests’ needs while further strengthens our presence in the luxury and upscale segment which continues to be one of the key growth engines for AccorHotels’ expansion in China.”
The first of the three hotels to launch will be the Mercure Beijing Luneng, a 75-room conversion project that is expected to welcome its first guests in the fourth quarter of 2017. Then in the fourth quarter of 2018, AccorHotels will launch the two new-build hotels; the 300-room Pullman Beijing Luneng and the 150-room MGallery Beijing Luneng.
Two of the new properties, the Mercure and Pullman, will be located in Shunyi district of northeast Beijing. The Mercure Pullman Luneng will be attached to a shopping mall and will feature two restaurants, a lounge and function space. Pullman Beijing Luneng meanwhile, will form part of a mixed-use project that includes residential, retail and office elements.
MGallery Beijing Luneng will be located in Grasse Town, an upscale villa development in Tongzhou, east Beijing, close to several golf clubs and 15 minutes’ drive from Beijing Capital International Airport, the Beijing New National Exhibition Center and the Oriental Universal Studio.
The addition of the MGallery means that from 2018, AccorHotels will operate seven of its brands in Beijing: ibis, Novotel, Mercure, Grand Mercure, Pullman, MGallery and Sofitel.