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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 #37 of 1,090 hotels in Sanya
Cheltenham
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Oversized Hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

This huge hotel has attractive rooms, which are well laid out with good facilities. It's sheer size however means that simple things like getting items to eat at breakfast involve a long, long walk. The staff seemed dis-interested in the guests and were not really helpful.

Room Tip: You must book online not try and turn up and get a room
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Be warned! This hotel room layout offers no privacy between the room and bathroom! No divide, door, or anything. What you do is seen, heard, and smelled by anyone in the room.Other than that, the hotel is ok. Nice public spaces and good service. Very clean.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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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:
#21 Spa Hotel in Sanya
#22 Top resorts Hotel in Sanya
#32 Luxury Hotel in Sanya
#33 Best Value 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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