First of all when I arrived in Guangzhou East Train Station, I was fooled by this taxi driver by asking RMB380!!! I advise that you do not go with a driver saying "taxi taxi" because he will take you to his car which is not a taxi after all!!! So i advise you to take those car rentals/transfers at the booth near the exit. The real fare to Elan hotel is only RMB30 so probably those booths will charge just a bit higher but they are the safest way to go!!!
Please note that this hotel is a smoking hotel, all the rooms and floors. The hotel has 6 floors and very simple but modern and neat. The beds were okay. I had a really big queen size bed and its warm and comfy for the rate. The room is well appointed and no carpet which I like coz as a hotel gets old, the carpet has that weird stink. The trouble that I had was the smell of the smoke, it gets through your room. So it was really uncomfortable. I had to put the exhaust on and cover the door with towels.
Most of the staff are friendly, but i do not bother because the chinese are known to be not smiling all the time. It does not matter, what matters is they do their job well, and they did. The nice thing about this hotel is their free wireless internet. They have tv and there's there are 2 channels that speaks english.
I went there for the Canton Fair and luckily they also have free shuttle bus but only every 8.15am to Pazhou Complex and return 6.15pm, so make sure you be there on time coz taxi cost RMB 50 if the driver is well, honest!
The hotel is situated in a sort of old street in Guangzhou, there are even young men giving out calling cards to foreigners or locals selling prostitutes right infront of the hotel. Be careful of your belongings because there are also robbers around.
The nice thing about surroundings is that you can find really cheap eats and tasty too! Just make sure you got your shots before leaving your country coz im sure they are not that clean. There is also this Top Clothes underground wholesale shopping which is really amazingly big with 3 floors under! They have a knock off Starbucks called One Dollar Coffee! hahaha But theyre as good as the original! I love their cold milk tea! 2 Floors below that they have this sort of small food court where you can get cheap meals.
There are some that you would enjoy like: the gated footscrub manicure salon 30 meters to the right for only RMB45, and further 5 meters they say is a foot massage place for only RMB 38; there is also this laundry place near the salon that's a third cheaper than the hotel laundry rate; to the left this time from the hotel, 40 meters a no nonsense seafood restaurant that serves crabs, oyster and seasonal fish...i paid less than RMB100!
Overall the hotel has gotten its wear and tear, dirty spots here and there but not that significant, the walls are very thin, you can hear people talking really loud! I do not recommend this place to families, but only to couples, backpackers and adults on a business trip.
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