We stayed in Kunming at the end of our trip to Yunnan, basically to rest up before our flight and to take a daytrip to the Stone Forest, so we didn't need a great room. We booked on Ctrip and for the price (<200 RMB), expected something barely tolerable. Imagine our surprise at finding a spectacular room, huge comfy bed, plasma TV, toiletries, etc. - all the comforts of a mid-range hotel that might run more like ~$75 USD in big Chinese cities.
The staff was fantastic. They brought up the construction and gave us a room at the far other end of the building (no noise). We got a discounted room, but when they saw how tall my husband is, offered us the normal room for <20 RMB ($3) more - they showed us both rooms so we could make an informed decision. They also did their best to give us restaurant recommendations (not many in the area). They also gave us information on the public bus to the Stone Forest - we had planned to take a train we'd read about on Tripadvisor - and wrote down the stop for our taxi driver. None of our cab drivers had any trouble finding the hotel, it's a pretty big chain, but it's important to know the name in Chinese (it sounds nothing like Fairyland) and also the specific location (Gulou), since there are something like a dozen in Kunming.
Breakfast wasn't great, but we left early most days anyway, so it wasn't a big deal. The hotel also provides rooms by the hour, which I hear is a trend worldwide, but couldn't help but feel strange about - if it's reassuring, we didn't see or hear anything sketchy, and we did see several Chinese families with kids in tow staying here. Again, it's not near any sights, but we didn't plan on coming to Kunming to see any city-based sites anyway, so we were quite pleasantly surprised by our lovely time here.
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