Sofitel Luxury Hotels has announced that it will open a new 405-room hotel in the city of Kunming in early 2014. Kunming is the capital of Yunnan province and often referred to as Spring City due to its pleasant climate.The Sofitel Kunming is being developed by Kunming Iron & Steel Holding Co. Ltd. (whose parent company is KunSteel), and will occupy first to third, fifth floors plus the top 24 floors of the 50-storey building, guaranteeing sweeping views over the city. The lower floors will comprise luxury office space and will become the headquarters of KunSteel.Set to become one of Kunming’s most luxurious hotels, the Sofitel Kunming will feature 405 hotel rooms and suites, three restaurants and two bars, a large pillar-free ballroom and a multi-function room, eight meeting rooms of various sizes, the group’s signature So SPA, a fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool. It will also have an executive lounge which is complemented by a fully equipped business centre.The brand new Kunming International Airport, which opens in three years’ time (by which time the hotel will be open), is 50 minutes away.Meanwhile, in the hotel’s immediate neighbourhood, Luosi Bay Central Business District is being redeveloped under an ambitious urban planning scheme. Luosi Bay will feature commercial complexes, office buildings, recreational infrastructures and residential complexes and will become a focal point of the city.
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