Unique Hotels: Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort – Huzhou, China

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort is a luxury hotel and resort located in Huzhou, China. It has nicknames such as “Horseshoe Hotel” and “Doughnut Hotel” due to its Torus geometrical shape. The horseshoe-shaped hotel, 27-storey structure lies on Taihu Lake between Nanjing and Shanghai. The 4½-star resort has 321 rooms, 37 villas, 40 suites, a presidential suite, parking facilities, fitness & wellness center, four restaurants, a café, a children’s pool, and rooms with terraces. The design was conceived by architect Yansong Ma and constructed by the Shanghai Feizhou Group. It belongs to the Sheraton Hotels and Resorts chain of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

The resort is lavishly designed — covered in all different types of jade and the lobby ceiling is decorated with 20,000 Swarovski and European natural crystal lamps that create a wave-like formation.

The hotel is actually a full oval — two levels underground connect the visible horseshoe shape. There’s even a separate ‘spa village’ which features eight villas, 40 hot springs, and a yacht dock. Also available to Huzhou guests are a club lounge, ballroom, and a variety of restaurants and bars.