US-based hospitality company Marriott International has expanded its presence in China with the signings of two new agreements.

The company entered into an agreement with Suzhou Jingyuan Hotel Management to develop AC Hotel by Marriott Suzhou. It will be the first AC Hotels by Marriott brand property in Greater China.

Located in Suzhou’s historical Gusu District, the new hotel will feature 135 modern and harmonious guest rooms and suites.

AC Hotel by Marriott Suzhou will offer the brand’s signature AC Kitchen catering European-inspired breakfast and the AC Lounge & Bar, serving signature Gin & Tin, locally inspired crafted beverages, and delicacies.

Slated to open this December, the hotel will feature other guest amenities including feature flexible spaces, including an AC Store, a 24-hour fitness centre, a meeting room, and a laundry room.

Marriott International Greater China chief development officer Gavin Yu said: “We are excited to introduce the AC Hotels by Marriott brand to Greater China. AC Hotels is known for its a purposeful design that strikes the perfect balance of form and function, which seamlessly fit into a picturesque city like Suzhou.

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“The anticipated debut of AC Hotels by Marriott will further enrich our select portfolio in the region and offer more diversified travel experiences to the consumers.”

Marriott has also signed an agreement with Yuexiu Property to debut its Ritz-Carlton brand to downtown Wuhan.

The Ritz-Carlton, Wuhan, will occupy the upper levels of the 330m skyscraper, The Yuexiu Global Financial Center T5 Grand A Office Tower, which is located in the traditional city centre of Hankou.

The hotel’s interiors set, which will be designed by London-based KCA International, will house 205 rooms and suites, four distinct culinary venues, including a lobby lounge.

Plans are also in place for a Club Lounge, a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa featuring a fitness centre, a swimming pool, and a total of 1,130m2 event space, including a 680m2 ballroom.

The Ritz-Carlton, Wuhan is slated to open at the end of 2024.

Gavin Yu added: “This signing underscores our commitment to grow in the destinations most relevant to today’s luxury travellers. The Ritz-Carlton, Wuhan, will be a vibrant addition to Marriott International’s portfolio of brands in the city.”

Last year, the Ritz-Carlton brand debuted in Northeast China with a new hotel in Harbin.