This is a very nice hotel although the rooms (and corridors) could do with some maintenance and cleaning. The hotel is a little way out of town, but not too far to walk for a restaurant (about 15 minutes). Taxi fare from most areas of right downtown at the mall was about 10 yuan. The room was a good size but there were design flaws in the small bathroom - which was not helped by having a full glass wall between the bathroom and the bedroom. The other Chinese guests (several tour groups) tended to be noisy in the corridors and this was heard easily in the rooms.
The rooms are well appointed with a safe in the room, internet and complementary water. The shower was great (best of all the hotels we stayed at in China). The hotel is built like a large square around the swimming pool and it would appear that tour groups get the rooms closest to the front of the hotel. As individual travellers, we received the rooms at the back, which meant a very long walk along the corridors to get to and from the lifts. We stayed at the hotel twice during our trip to China, and both times we were allocated one of the far rooms - even after asking for a closer room.
The hotel is a favourite for weddings and one of the nights we stayed, there were over 600 guests in the main dining room. We were asked would we mind having dinner in the bar - which we did and the hotel staff looking after us were great - notwithstanding the noise from 600 guests (and fireworks) from the wedding next door. Even though the wedding went until 1.00 am, when we came down for breakfast, you would not know that it had taken place - so clean and tidy was the dining room.
Breakfast in the hotel is very much geared to the Chinese tour groups, but there were some items for the western fare as there were a few westerners in the hotel (some small German and French tour groups).
If returning to Guilin, I would definitely consider staying here again.
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