I write this based on having gone directly from the JW Marriott in Shenzhen China, to the New Era Hotel in Kunming, to this hotel. Obviously the standards associated with JW Marriott and that chain are much different then this, and many other hotels in China. I found that according to the locals, this is a very nice hotel (not at the same level of Green Lake Hotel) but nonetheless, a place that most chinese locals consider high standards.
I stayed in this hotel for 10 days, and found that in general it was okay. The rooms were small, and the beds small and hard, but there were many amenities in the facility, including a work out room, a club upstairs, a decent lobby area, and some clothing shops next to the lobby. I believe that the greatest value associated with this hotel was the location. Not too far from the center plaza, in the city center, and within a few minutes walking, movie theatre, shopping, Kareoke and those things.
The service was okay, the staff had limited understanding of english (I speak basic Mandarin, so that was not a problem). The morning breakfast, which you get as part of the package, was okay as well, nothing spectacular, but not too bad. I did try room service one night, late at night, and that was something of a challenge in trying to order through the phone (face to face, my mandarin worked, but through the phone, different story), and that fact that some of the items on the menu were not available.
Did not see any other non-Chinese at all during my stay at this hotel, which was fine by me. Things in the lobby were not cheap i.e. coffee, mixed drinks etc, but guess to be expected in a hotel. They do have some talented players of chinese instruments in the lobby, which was nice entertainment.
There is decent taxi service right outside the front of the hotel, sometimes a challenge getting them to stop but that is part of the experience (along with taking your life in your hand by walking, what with complete lack of regard for pedestrians by either cars or motorbike drivers).
Thought the cost was somewhat high for the overall stay, but.....
All in all, would go back to this location again (and in fact, I am on 27 January).
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