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“Pathetic and filthy in every respect” 1 of 5 stars
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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 #32 of 1,049 hotels in Sanya
Shanghai
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Pathetic and filthy in every respect”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

I don't think I have ever stayed in a filthier room before, despite extensive travel through Africa.

I hope not to have contracted an infection after reluctantly entering the shower cubicle.

Lunch in the western restaurant yielded a 60 minute wait for spaghetti with tomato sauce. Breakfast makes a distribution center for food aid look like a Michelin star affair.

Staff is indifferent at best, outright rude at worst.

Sanya is not the place for good service but even at these low standards Howard Johnson is bottom of the barrel.

Thankfully I was here on business and didn't have to spend time "enjoying" the other facilities.

Don't come here.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 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
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Stayed in HoJo Sanya for 6 days in May 2013 during Chinese Labor Day holiday. My pregnant wife and I took our 2-year old son with us with the hopes of a relaxing getaway from work at a warm location.

Pros:
1. The resort facilities were good. Design quite beautiful. Private section of Sanya Bay beach blocked just for HoJo guests. Photo opportunities here and there.
2. There's a huge, clean grass park area between the hotel's pool and the main road which our son loved to run on barefoot. Doesn't get a chance to do this safely in any other parts of China that we've been to.
3. Nice options for young kids. There are kiddie pools, very nice outdoor jungle gym with trampoline, indoor Childrens Club had balls, games, and puzzles, and you can buy plastic pails and shovels for cheap right on the beach (RMB15 for a set)
4. The hotel is big (as other reviewers already mentioned) so during crazy Chinese tourism season, this was a comfort because we still had space to stretch our arms and legs.

Cons:
1. The hotel is big so make sure you take everything you need for the day when you leave the hotel room. Its a good 20 minute stroll from hotel room to the beach.
2. Staff service. In 6 days I think we had one wait staff smile at us as we went from elevator to breakfast area. Everyone else seemed too stressed out.
3. No nearby bars or restaurants within walking distance. We found a mediocre Xinjiang place within 10 minutes walk but that was it really.
4. Hotel room service food was expensive and very bleh. Fish and Chips included TINY pieces of fish the size of a child's thumb. Spring Rolls could be swallowed whole, they were so small. Thank god for the Hainan Flat Noodle dish - one of the cheaper things on the menu at RMB 58+15%, good portion, and tasty. Had this 4 times on the trip.
5. Dinner buffet RMB 258+15% when we were there. I suppose this is to control the crowds.
6. Tons of mosquitos after 6pm. Bring insect repellant.
7. This is a con for Sanya in general - not just the hotel - every interesting landmark or tourist attraction had an entrance fee. Lowest was RMB 50 and most expensive was around RMB 180. Just something to be aware of that we didn't know about until we arrived.

Overall:
We are from Malaysia so we know nice beaches. We know good food (using our palates). And we know a good bargain. HoJo ranked below-average on all of these scales. How much you will enjoy it is relative. A person's first time to the seaside should have a blast here if they have the money to spend. A person who has been to other top-50 beaches worldwide... this will not be anything too special.

Its also worth noting that we couldn't relax during our first 3 days in Sanya / HoJo due to the May holiday, the place was jam-packed with Chinese tourists. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were flooded with guests and we almost had to squeeze shoulder-to-shoulder to get the last pieces of bread and fruit. This is not a knock against the HoJo - in fact, I would applaud their service staff for replenishing things as quickly as they did. Its just the reality of tourism in China during the holidays. Once May 3 came around, it felt like half the hotel was empty - we could finally start to relax.

For us, we made some good memories with our young son who swam every single day for almost a week. But for next time, with how much we paid, we'd rather use that to visit a beach in South-East Asia, eat food closer to home, and receive a few more smiles.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Paradise resort hotel, best i have ever stayed in, wonderful room,stunning grounds- pools, private beach, great food etc, total luxury. Only negatives was poor english by staff and price of drinks ridiculously high. Also, april was just too humid for me- sweat city in april, but the hotel cant be faulted for this, great spot to honeymoon, will be back if ever win the lotto!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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.

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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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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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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:
#19 Top resorts Hotel in Sanya
#20 Spa Hotel in Sanya
#25 Best Value Hotel in Sanya
#28 Luxury Hotel in Sanya
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Howard Johnson Resort Sanya Bay 4.5*
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