As I was in Chongqing for a few days, I managed to drop by to look around the hotel. The location is a stone's throw away from the Liberation Square monument. Do note they only just opened 2 weeks ago.
After speaking to the front desk staff, Richard Zhang from their Sales Team came and introduced himself and would bring me around the hotel to look around and take pictures. I was much delighted and thanked him profusely for the nice gesture. Hey, I'm a nobody and not even a paying guest so that is a big deal.
Unfortunately I only own a simple point and shoot digital camera hence pardon the quality of the photos.
I managed to view the following:
Seasonal Tastes (all day dining)
Westin Executive Club
Renewal Suite (Executive suite)
Everything else (including the spa and gym/pool) as I understand is still in the midst of testing or constructing hence was not viewable.
All rooms are equipped with automatic toilets which is probably very rare in China. Superior and deluxe rooms are generally available on every floor. Deluxe is slightly bigger than Superior and has a separate desk. Studio Suite is basically 1 giant room with no partition separating the living/dining area and the bedroom area. Renewal Suite is partitioned in that aspect, hence this would make it the Executive suite. Interestingly I saw 2 shower heads (and rainforest shower heads) in the Studio Suite's shower area. I guess this makes showering together with your kids or partner easier? The LCD TV in the Deluxe room can also be turned to face the desk area. I'm not sure about other room types but the 2 Studio suites on the floor I viewed shares a common entrance which is good if you want 2 Studio Suites together for family or friends.
Seasonal Tastes is nicely laid out with all the food stuffs in the middle with the seating surrounding it. I didn't have a chance to try it but the spread/layout looks impressive.
Westin Executive Club was very spacious, so was the Lobby lounge. With all the space available, I believe they can put more seats in the lobby lounge area if they wanted to. So is the lengthy Lobby.
I wanted to try out their Afternoon Tea (2pm-6pm) package in the lobby lounge but unfortunately the menu wasn't ready for the public hence I just ordered from the lounge menu. The club sandwich was tasty enough for me.
As far as the elevator access is concerned, the front and back entrance is on the 3rd floor of the building and the lobby is located on the 51st. You do not need to change elevators to get to your rooms if you already have a room key. There are altogether 6 elevators serving all floors and 2 serving only between 3rd and 51st floor (for people checking in or out I guess).
If I'm ever in Chongqing again, will definitely have a stay to experience both the hardware and software. I'm sure most staff are new so there are bound to have teething problems. I'm also not sure how their english speaking ability would be as I can converse in basic chinese (putonghua/mandarin). The facilities and rooms that aren't open yet would probably be ready in the later half of the year.
The Studio Suite should be the standard suite at this property.
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- Ideally positioned in the central business district of Jiefangbei, The Westin Chongqing Liberation Square is a short stroll from the subway, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG) is 30 minutes away. Escape to one of our 336 thoughtfully designed, luxurious guest rooms and suites. The signature all-white Westin Heavenly Bed(R), High Speed Internet Access, 40-inch B&O LCD flat screen TV, and Yangtze River or city views ensure each space is a calming oasis. ... more less
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