As construction of the first GHM-managed hotel
in China nears completion, general manager Giulio D’Alberto is
putting the finishing touches on his first move overseas.
The 47-year-old Italian, who has worked
exclusively in Italy since 1999, began unpacking his suitcase on
27 June after being hired to lead The Chedi Club Suzhou into
While D’Alberto’s surroundings are different,
his employer is familiar. In 2007, the economics expert (he has a PhD in the subject) was appointed director of finance for
the property formerly known as The Chedi Milan, which was then
managed by GHM.
D’Alberto comes to Suzhou at a time
when the foundation is being laid — figuratively, at least — for a
hotel unlike any other in GHM’s ever-expanding portfolio.
When open in early 2013, the 36-room Chedi Club Suzhou
will occupy three floors of the city’s tallest complex — the
all-glass Global 188 towers — and feature a destination rooftop
restaurant, a health club and a spa replete with 12 treatment rooms, including a reflexology salon.
Global 188 is
located in downtown Suzhou with panoramic views of the central
business district and water features - Jin Ji Lake, the Yangtze
River and various canals.
The city is 20 minutes by high-speed train from
Shanghai and renowned for its classical gardens, which
collectively own UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
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