Hot Opening: The Castle Hotel

Up on China’s northern coast, there have been some royal rumblings. No, Kate and William aren’t passing through: Starwood has just opened The Castle Hotel in Dalian. From the looks of it, it might better belong in a theme park—there’s a palatial lobby, Bavarian-style exterior and lots of ornaments and artwork.
The castle is wedged between the Lotus Mountain and the Yellow Sea, so the surrounds are equally as imposing.

The Castle Hotel Dalian Lobby
The Queen’s Quarters

A little about Dalian: It’s considered one of the most glamorous cities in China. And thanks to a long history of Russian and Japanese rule, the port city has a unique mix of architecture. If you qualify, Dalian is one of six cities in China that offers a 72-hour visa-free stay, and it’s also one of the only places in China where public spitting is prohibited. You can thank former mayor Bo Xilai for that one!
From US$209. 600 Binhai West Rd., Shahekou District, Dalian, (+86) 411-8656-0000, www.luxurycollection.com/castle.

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Kate Springer

Freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong. Contributor at CNN, Forbes Travel Guide, BBC Travel, Fodor's Travel Guide, superfuture, Tatler, and more.

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