I was booked into this Hotel by some Chinese colleagues of mine as we were attending an exhibition at the Dongguan exhibition centre. I have to admit to being quite dubious before check in, I would normally stay in an International chain, but was pleasantly surprised by the Hotel.
Unusually this Hotel has two complete and separate lobbies, one being the result of a recent extension, it also has 2 separate towers. If you are looking for a hotel that is located near the exhibition centre as it is actually across the road directly opposite. Many of the hotels in this are make the boast of being close, but this is the only hotel that truly is.
The staff on check-in were friendly and spoke very good English. The lobby, like nearly all I have visited in China is magnificent and an ostentatious monument to Capitalism. I was upgraded to their equivalent of a Club room which was very luxurious, definitely 5 Star anywhere in the world. You can see by the pictures, but the room was very large and featured: flat screen TV, King Sized bed, Spa bath, powder room and good work area. Internet access was free and also very important to me is that the Hotel has CNN, BBC and other English TV Channels.
There were 4 or 5 Restaurants in the Hotel, I tried the cafe in the Lobby for Buffet Breakfast and dinner as well as the downstairs Chinese restaurant. The Chinese food was excellent Cantonese style cooking but very basic. The breakfast left a bit to be desired in my opinion, lots of bacon and eggs as well as Asian style breakfast, some cereal.. Lots of quantity but a bit short on quantity. Actually breakfast in the cafe is bedlam with so many visitors, if you're on you own and you go back for seconds you will more than likely lose your table!
As far as the other amenities are concerned I cannot really say I tried many of them. The Hotel is Chinese and I was put off visiting the Spa by the leaflet in my room that boasted prostate massages.. Umm.. No thanks! The Hotel also has a KTV Karaoke centre and the area surrounding the Hotel is made up almost exclusively of karaoke bars and massage centres. (If this is your first visit to China, please look into what the local version of "karaoke" entails before attending).
I did indulge a couple of times in foot massages at the attached "Foot care centre" located off the hotel driveway. This was a great experience with a 1hr foot massage setting me back about USD$8 this was perfect after a long day at the exhibition.
The area itself around the Hotel is nothing flash, I was advised by my colleagues that theft is rife and keeping your belongings in view at all times is not advisable but mandatory! I spoke to a colleague who managed to grab her laptop back at the exhibition hall before someone pinched.
Over all I would definitely class this as a perfect place to base yourself if you are attending an exhibition across the road. There is no need to leave the Hotel and it is very comfortable. Just please keep in mind that wherever you stay in the area, this is is a very Industrial and out of the way city.
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