The Project

The Niccolo Hotel Changsha in Hunan, China, is the fourth luxury property of its kind from Wharf Hotels, a Hong Kong-based hotel management company. Offering 241 guest rooms, including 19 spacious suites, the hotel’s reception area is reminiscent of luxury retail environments wrapped in a polished style. Characterized by a minimalist color palette of creams and warm neutrals, its contemporary design inside is offset by sumptuous details like high-gloss lacquered walls and blown glass sculptures. Elevator cabs are also conceived to evoke opulence with dark textures and striking artwork. All accommodations of the hotel occupy floors 86 to 92, featuring an understated color palette, luxurious textiles, and floor-to-ceiling windows capitalizing on the surroundings with spa-like bathrooms lined with Italian marble.

Among the concept’s F&B options, BAR 93 stands out with a convivial flair, while the Niccolo Kitchen mirrors the overall sleek ambiance of the interior with stylish wood slats installed around a central open kitchen. The 8,480-square-foot ballroom conveys clean flexibility on the fifth floor, as the all-glass conservatory offers layers of intimacy on the eighth level. Additional event spaces include an outdoor garden and a piazza, while the property’s stunning Spa at Niccolo is located on the sixth floor.

James Carry and Lela Richardson’s design experience while at Wilson Associates.

LocationHunan, ChinaServices PerformedFull Interior DesignProgram Components241-key hotel; public areas; guestrooms and suites; BAR 93 restaurant; Niccolo Kitchen; Spa at Niccolo; 8,480 SF ballroom, meeting rooms, executive lounge; gallery area; conservatory; sky bar / sky lobby; outdoor garden; piazza

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