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Sofitel Annoucnces The Opening Of "The First Sofitel Legend In China" Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel Xian

Sofitel Luxury Hotels
is pleased to announce that discerning travelers can now Live the Legend in China when they stay at Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel Xian. With this recent addition, Sofitel is now managing a total of 19 properties in Greater China.

Seven thousand years of history and tradition surround this heritage building which has been lovingly transformed into the first hotel in Greater China to join Sofitel's exclusive ultra-luxe Legend Collection, and the fifth Sofitel Legend in the world. The Metropole Hanoi is the first hotel to have received this distinction to become the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi in July 2009. In 2011, The Grand Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and the mythical Old Cataract Aswan (Egypt) followed in its footsteps. The Sofitel Legend Cartagena Santa Clara (Colombia) was inaugurated in December 2012. 

Opened in 1953, as the State Guesthouse, the hotel was designed by Hong Qing, Chief Architect of the Northwest Institute of Architectural Design. He skillfully sited the building in an extensive garden, formerly part of the grounds of an imperial palace. Hong used a number of French touches, including fleur-de-lis (stylized lily) as a recurring motif.

Lofty ceilings and generous proportions in the 71 rooms and suites convey a rare feeling of time and place. Guests will enjoy all the sophisticated French pampering touches associated with Sofitel such as Herm├Ęs toiletries and French-designed floral arrangements. Additional features include personalized butler service from the moment of arrival, an extensive garden setting, private health club, swimming pool and spa, an authentic Italian restaurant, an exclusive top-floor Louis XIII Bar and a private museum. All-weather links provide easy access to the neighboring Convention Centre and Grand Theatre.  

The People's Grand Hotel Xian is part of Renmin Square, an extensive hotel complex (all under Accor management) within a 40,000-square meters (Approx. 4,305,567-feet squared) landscaped garden. Ideally located inside the Ming Dynasty city walls at the heart of historic Xian, the hotel is only 15 minutes walk to the world's first museum, the Forest of Steles, or to the colorful Moslem quarter where traders have flourished in the spice-laden air for many centuries.
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