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Howard Johnson Resort Sanya Bay
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   No.188 Sanya Bay Road, Haipo Holiday Resort, Sanya 572000, China (Sanya Bay)   |  
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Ranked #35 of 1,152 hotels in Sanya
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“Good Value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Because this hotel is located closer to the airport than the place where the fancy Ritz and MGM grand is (YaLong Wan), it is a bit cheaper, even though the inside is just as fancy as any of those hotels. It also has a fancy outdoor lobby, a nice pool, and beach access.

If you are adventurous, the local bus takes you everywhere you want to go (Number 1 market, and YaLong Wan, and DaDong Hai, etc), and it stops right in front of the hotel. A very quick and convenient way to travel around SanYa.

Otherwise, you can lounge around all day and hit the beach whenever you want to.

Also, I was a fan of the breakfast. Huge variety with both Asian and Western styles. yum. They also leave a small plate of fruit in your room every night.

Note: Currently construction is going on near one of the sides of the hotel. Try to get a room away from that side.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

It's a nice enough resort, not much around there though... at least not yet. Sanya is ripe for more development, and this area is right on the edge of it's path. I give this HoJo good marks for a decent and clean room (ocean view family suite) with (and most importantly) good air conditioning. Bad marks for the vast, yet horrible breakfast, the so-so staff and the long walk to the beach in the ridiculous Sanya heat (and I was there in April).

Room Tip: Get an ocean view or you will be extremely disappointed.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

The photos look great, the staff, rooms, dinning and the pool is in terrible state. I would recommend to everyone to stay away from Sanya. This hotel is next door to a local tip. Hard to find someone that speak English.

Room Tip: Keep away from the region, no room in the hotel is going to be clean, the locals and the staff of ho...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012 via mobile

Stayed at the Hojo for 5 nights. It's close to the airport and is one of the better hotels on Sanya Bay.

Hotel has drifted away from western standards in the last few years. Rooms are getting dated, service has lapsed somewhat.

However, the property is beautiful, the gardens are perfectly kept. The 3 swimming pools are excellent.

On the beach side there isn't much going on. Seems like the beach has become more like a highway for people on ATV's. Remnants of Many defunct recreation companies line the beach. Looks like Yalong Bay and the other bays are better options for recreational activities.

One thing to watch out for when traveling to Sanya is the hijacking of room rates when there is some sort of event in town. For instance we had to pay 4 times the highest posted rate for the Hojo for 3 out of the 5 nights we were here.

Folks this hotel is not worth $800 USD per night.

Stayed April 2011
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

A hotel with OK location in the sense of its clossness to the Airport .. yet the overall outside enviroment is much less "entertaining" compared to its inside / front decoration .. food and room is ok standard but good thing is they have a indoor hotspring pool which helps a lot for those who dont have time to swim in the day time :D

Room Tip: dont pick those near the hotspring pool , that is where all the noise comes from
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

We had a tremendously wonderful time in Sanya at the HoJo Resort. The rooms were great with a great view, very clean! The food was fantastic (esp. the breakfast buffet and Korean Rest.), except the Lobby Bar's drinks were watery and I'd dare not order a "snack" from there... it won't be what you think it might be. The staff was wonderful. When I told them it was our Birthdays they gave us free drink vouchers and put a bday cake in our room! With this stated individuals need to know that just because it states its the Howard Johnson, doesn't make it 100% western. 80% of the tourist here are Chinese, it's in China of course, and the rest are mostly Russian tourist. Expecting English and anything western anywhere in China (other than Hong Kong) is a fantasy. With that said the staff was very pleasant and happy if you could speak a little bit of Chinese and definitely tried their best to speak English when prompted. We will stay here again! No doubt this is the best place to stay in Sanya for the price and location offered!

Room Tip: Seaside rooms are fine. We were on the left so we missed the sunrise (fine with us- like sleeping) b...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012 via mobile

Nice hotel in a pretty good location. Near Airport which is much better than yalong bay. Staff is nice. Breakfast is ok. Not really western but does the trick.

Stayed March 2012
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Resort Sanya Bay

Address: No.188 Sanya Bay Road, Haipo Holiday Resort, Sanya 572000, China
Location: China > Hainan > Sanya > Sanya Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#20 Top resorts Hotel in Sanya
#21 Spa Hotel in Sanya
#28 Best Value Hotel in Sanya
#31 Luxury Hotel in Sanya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Howard Johnson Resort Sanya Bay 4.5*
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