We are staying at Victory hotel (since 1895), executive room west wing for 2 nights, we are at the end of 10 days business trip in China thru 4 cities and 5 hotels, we moved here to take a break from the intense business trips before we go home. I am sitting on the big private balcony sipping tea and watching the huge thunderstorm and heavy rain pouring down on Guangzhou. Wonderful and relaxing experience. Strong free wifi. Only the rooms facing the street have balconies, I requested a balcony in advance. Great value low price.
Hotel has 2 buildings, East and West, about one block apart, not connected, West bldg is original 100+ years colonial buildings in the old foreign quarter. Main entrance-lobby is East bldg, but the oiginal hotel was West which has been renovated, room is elegant and wonderful, marble bath is modern and unique open style, but can be completely enclosed with 1/2 inch sliding glass wall. I was told East rooms are in much older condition. even though it is a younger bldg. If you booked West, tell taxi to go straight to West, it has its own front desk.
Hotel is on Shamain island, but the river between it and mainland is an 100' wide river, not a pretty river. So close yet a world apart, with tree lined streets, beautiful European colonial buildings and very few people, a favorite spot for wedding pictures. About 15-20 minutes walk to Shanxiaju shopping street, over the overpass bridge, thru the spice market, dry seafood market, by the time you reach pet market next to Holiday Inn, you are there. Love that exotic smell.
Staff is friendly but reserved, they open up if you talk to them. Breakfast is big standard Chinese hotel fair with omlete-noodle station. Both East and West bldgs have exact same breakfast buffet. The foods in the western restaurant in the West bldg actually are made in the East bldg a block away and transport over.
It is almost impossible to get a taxi here, it is only 100' away from a very busy expressway and the busy over-crowded city, but taxis don't come here, you just have to wait for someone to come back to hotel which is not that often. Hotel shuttle at 2 and 6PM daily to Haizhu square and Beijing Road shopping area
A major flaw about Victory is food. Hotel restaurant prices are about double or triple than normal restaurants, a simple soup in the Western restaurant costs 68 yuan (over $10), 4-5 restaurants nearby are typical tourist traps with triple or even higher prices. One Day Guangzhou tour at hotel business office is 780 yuan ($120), but I saw ads in previous hotel One Day GZ Tour is 78 yuan, 10 times higher price. Since almost all guests are Westerners, as long as there is sweet and sour pork, everybody is happy. There is a Starbuck, 7-11 around the corner, Subway next door, Starbuck is rare in Guangzhou.
I like Victory Hotel and enjoyed the experience, but will not stay here again, I am here on business, I need easy transportation, and I enjoy good foods, tourist traps and lousy foods at triple prices are just not acceptable.
West bldg room with private balcony is excellent.
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