The inaugural hotel of Maqo, Wharf Hotels’ latest premium lifestyle brand, has opened as the group’s second property in Changsha.
Occupying levels three, and eight to 16 of Tower Two in Changsha’s iconic International Finance Square (IFS), the new Maqo Changsha features 286 well-appointed rooms and suites, a restaurant, bar, co-working space, as well as a gymnasium for modern business travellers.
With its prime location in the landmark Furong district – a culturally rich area offering extensive social experiences and attractions, Maqo Changsha is adjacent to entertainment options at Jiefangxi Road, and within easy reach of Orange Island and the Xiang River for scenic excursions. The Changsha Huanghua International Airport and Changsha high-speed rail train station are a 40-minute and 30-minute car journey away respectively. The IFS complex includes the luxury 241-room Niccolo Changsha, offices and a multi-level mall with high-end boutiques.
Upon arrival at Maqo Changsha’s main entrance on level one of IFS, guests are greeted by a striking statue, named Bo Qi. The ten-foot tall work of art, in red and white polka dots, echoes the hotel’s vibrant interiors, punctuated by an eclectic art collection that adds to the unique design details. The lobby on level eight, with its curved gold wall and talk show set reflects the entertainment and social milieu of Changsha – a rapidly progressing city that combines history and quirkiness – and the brand’s personality: Spirited, Stylish, Edgy and Provocative.
The new hotel’s 286-rooms and suites, located from levels nine to 16, revolve around four distinct colour themes: Cobalt, Emerald, Magenta, and Berry. Each accommodation, ranging from 35 square metres to 51 square metres, is an open plan layout with wood fixtures accented by copper detailing and window seating. An island pedestal anchors the aesthetics and features a basin on one side, and a work top with wireless charging dock on the other. Light and temperature motion sensors, complimentary Wi-Fi and amenities round up the thoughtful details.
Food and beverage selections on level eight include E.D.I.T. — Eat. Drink. Indulge Together, the culinary heart of the hotel and an all-day dining destination serving Pan-Asian cuisine. Fronted by views of the city, the restaurant also showcases a patisserie with cakes and artisanal chocolates available for dessert or afternoon tea.
E.D.I.T. 2 GO acts as another focal point, and is a food truck for takeaway bites and beverages. Gourmet salads, wraps, pastries, and packaged meals, as well as power smoothies, energising juices and coffees are also available.
MiXR evokes the exciting vibes of Changsha with handcrafted cocktails, locally brewed spirits and wines served against a backdrop of live performances and guest DJs, while THE LAB is 200 sqm multi-functional co-creation realm where exhibitors and entrepreneurs come together for thought-provoking pop-ups and events. In the spacious venue, individual pods, a meeting room for eight, and communal tables enable co-working and creativity. The venue also serves light food and beverages.
Covering an area of 645 sqm on level three, the PWR ZONE (below) is a state-of-the-art fitness centre offering a full suite of facilities including a gym, yoga studio, and a 360-degree studio. Additional services encompass regular open and private classes, and avant-garde fitness mirrors that deliver personalised workout sessions for guests in the privacy of their guestroom.
Centred on the art of selection, a team of Maqo Changsha “editors” meticulously refine possibilities to arrive at crafted and “edited” art and culture programmes, food and drink offerings, music playlists and wellness concepts. Maqo Changsha redefines the hotel experience with edits that celebrate local ingredients and artisans, engage guests through unique interactions and provide opportunities to form new connections.
“We are thrilled to introduce guests to a new and exciting lifestyle brand,” says Area General Manager of Niccolo Changsha and Maqo Changsha, Henrik Iversen. “From pop-ups and installations to blended spaces and exciting food and drink offerings – Maqo Changsha is more than a place to stay. It’s a place for inspiration, and for those who understand our ethosof ‘more is not better, only better is better’.”
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