We chose to stay at The Orchid because of the great reviews that we had read on TripAdvisor and i'm glad to say they can add another satisfied customer to the list. Some reviewers had said that the property was difficult to find and our flight arrived at midnight so we chose to take the hotel up on their airport pickup service. After a small hiccup with the driver being at the wrong gate, we managed to find him and headed to the accommodation. The room was clean, comfortable and had fresh fruit and Apple TV waiting for us. The breakfast was amazing and we were provided with a walking map of the area with some good food places, activities, subway map and some basic phrases in Mandarin as well as a local phone should we happen to get lost to call the hotel.
All of the staff were extremely helpful, called taxis for us, booked a driver for the day, spoke fluent english and were full of recommendations. The selection of wine at the bar is also great and gives you a chance to meet others staying at the hotel. Most travellers were American or European and its great to share experience and travel suggestions with them. This place is a great alternative to chain hotels and has a more friendly, homey feel about it. I recommend it to everyone!
- A taxi from the airport to The Orchid should cost less than 100 yuan and its located in a laneway directly across from Mr Shi's Dumplings
- You HAVE to try the cake for breakfast (pancakes)