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First Westin Hotel to Feature its Own Museum Opens in Xian, China

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Starwood has opened the Westin Xian, the first Westin hotel in the Shaanxi province of China.

The Westin Xian, located just steps away from the ancient city’s myriad cultural attractions, restaurants, and shops, is the first Westin hotel in the world to have its own museum, paying tribute to the ancient history of China with its exceptional collection of over 2,000 artifacts.

“We are delighted to introduce the Westin brand to Xian, one of the most culturally significant cities in Chinese history, and we are extremely proud to have the honor of being the first Westin in the world to feature its own museum,” said Magdy Anis, General Manager of The Westin Xian. “We are confident that the entry of Westin is timely as Xian continues to see a rise in corporate and leisure travel as a result of economic progress and industrial development. Both business and leisure travelers can now enjoy the relaxing and rejuvenating services, products and amenities that are synonymous with the Westin brand.”

Located in the Qujiang Tourism district, once the site of the Royal Summer Garden of the Tang Dynasty, The Westin Xian sits directly opposite the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built over 1,000 years ago.

 The eastern terminus of the Silk Road, Xian is home to an ancient walled inner city which protects the famed Bell and Drum Towers. A short 30 kilometers east of the city sits the renowned Terracotta Army vaults which date back more than 2,000 years and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 The hotel is just minutes from the train station and 40km from the Xi’an Xianyang International Airport.

The Westin Xian features 329 rooms and 32 one to two-bedroom apartments that feature a flat screen LCD television, rainforest shower, extra-large closets, mini-bar, and Westin’s signature Heavenly bed to help ensure guests enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Designed by Neri & Hu Design, The Westin Xi’an property covers nearly 60 acres and is comprised of a 5-star hotel, adjacent museum, and shopping centre. Harmoniously fusing the indigenous culture with modern design, Westin Xi’an showcases a Tang dynasty architectural style. Measuring approximately 80,000 square meters, the main building features a covered porch and garden courtyard. Guests access cafes, restaurants, and other auxiliary facilities via this interior landscape.

The Westin Xian also offers a variety of epicurean dining experiences. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Seasonal Tastes presents imaginative menu creations led by Executive Chef Birol Dincli. Demonstrating The Westin Xian’s dedication to wellness, a SuperFoods Rx menu is offered throughout the day featuring enticing, healthy food options made from ingredients that are considered the best for fighting disease and enhancing health; Zen5es specializes in innovative and traditional Cantonese dishes which are prepared and presented with passion and flair; at Mai, guests can immerse themselves in the culture and flavors of modern and contemporary Japanese cuisine. Located at street level, Mai is aiming to be a hip favorite amongst hotel guests and locals alike. Daily Treats is ideal for a quick coffee and light bites such as a gourmet sandwich; and Lobby Lounge is the place to relax either day or night with a cocktail or hot Westin Jing Tea. Oversized windows provide views of the Great Wild Goose Pagoda while live music in the evenings creates a pleasant atmosphere.

For recreation, the Westin Xian features a WestinWorkout Gym, Heavenly Spa and indoor swimming pool.

With more than 3,300 square meters of meeting space and three banquet spaces, The Westin Xian provides a new destination for events. The flexible function space can be arranged in a variety of way to accommodate everything from 1,500 person cocktails to intimate dinners. Outdoors, an 1,860 square meter sunken garden with waterfall provides the perfect ambience for weddings or cocktail gatherings.

First Westin Hotel to Feature its Own Museum

 Open to the general public and hotel guests, Xian Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts’ exceptional Chinese art and antiquities spans over 7,000 square meters and boasts three special exhibition halls. Works on display for the opening include a grouping of over 80 mural paintings from 15 provinces which depicts China’s history through different dynasties, as well as a loan exhibition from the Nanjing museum of Ming and Qing Dynasty porcelain. Other highlights include the world’s only gold suit of armor, and a rare stone Buddha head which measures nearly one meter high and dates to the Northern Qi Dynasty.

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