There are six hotels scattered around the summit of Huangshan Mountain, and while I have not stayed in all of them, I can say that Paiyunlou has a very nice combination of quality and value. It seems to be priced in the lower half of the range, but with quality and service in the upper half of the range. Understand that the basic environment dictates your experience to some extent. Huangshan is probably the most popular national park in China for Chinese citizens, so at any of the hotels you are talking about mass-produced accommodations. Moving great volumes of people in an out for short stays with a somewhat difficult supply route (no vehicles, every single item comes and goes by cable car and peasant porter) is going to make service, facilities and meals somewhat impersonal and unexceptional. But the Paiyunlou puts a very good face on the situation; you will find the rooms remarkably large, clean and in good repair for being in the sky, service dependable if impersonal, meals good and tasty if not exotic, and prices fair. Online reservations seem to work great. Understand that access from the bottom of the mountain takes some time, a couple of hours at best and five or more on holidays or very crowded times. Plan to arrive early and check in early. There is huge walk-in business and most hotels have a check-in deadline to which they strictly adhere.
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