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“Good Value on a Great Mountain” 4 of 5 stars
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Paiyunlou Hotel
Xihai Tourism Resort, Huangshan District, Huangshan 242709, China   |  
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Ranked #25 of 402 Hotels in Huangshan
3.5 of 5 stars 131 Reviews
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31 hotel reviews
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“Good Value on a Great Mountain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

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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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Shanghai, China
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

I stayed in the bunk bed so not as good as standard room
i don't spend much time in the room well they have hot water for shower

it is close to the cable car, west sea canyon , shi xin peak
clouds valley
easy to go to see the sunrise

the service is not that good as there were many guests that day

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

I never planned on staying on this hotel because it looked far on the map and I opted for the Baiyun Hotel. However, I couldnt find it on the map so I ended up staying at Paiyunlou Hotel instead. I stayed for one night in one of their dormitory beds. The staff at the reception area were very helpful to me and made sure I have everything I need. They even gave me directions on how to go to Baiyun Hotel but it was getting late and I decided to stay in this hotel instead. The room was not very big. There were 3 double deck beds and the sheets are clean and the smelled good. At that time, there were just the two of us (another traveler) so it was very comfortable and cozy. Since I went there during the Chinese New Year celebration (Spring Festival), the dorm price is a little high at 220 per night. I didnt mind because I think I got a good value for the service and accommodation. Also, they made me borrow one of their towels and its for free.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shanghai, China
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7 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

The staff at this hotel was so terrible, they managed to cancel my confirmed reservation 3 hours before my arrival time. While I was on the road driving, about halfway into the trip, I got a phone call saying that they cancelled the reservation, which had been previously confirmed. After arriving at the hotel, the manager looked at us as if inspecting, then said "no rooms". There were people that had just gotten a room there and paying with cash. Then I tried to figure out why the reservation was cancelled, and the manager only said that it was in fact cancelled, and that there was no reason for the cancellation. He literally said "no, there is no reason for the cancellation".

So far, the only tip regarding this hotel is don't trust the reservation.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

At 1150RMB a night, this is the most expensive hotel I have stayed in China. But this is this also the the only hotel 6000 feet above sea level, where all the supply are carry up on foot. Bed comfortable, sheets are clean, shower is hot. Carpet is dirty and need cleaning. Found live bugs and spiders in the room; not surprising since we are in the middle of the wilderness. One thing that was surprising ... no heating. We were unable to locate the thermostat; contacted the front desk, who gave us chuggles. Thankfully, mid October was not so cold and comforter was nice and warm.

The location of the hotel is ideal for hiking up to Purple Cloud Peak for sunset and sunrise. The steep trail starts from the back of the hotel (15min). Xihai Grand Canyon is 10min away.

In short, after a long day of hike through Xihai, this is a restful place for a good night of sleep.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2011

Having read the reviews we were prepared for Paiyunlou not to live up to the 3 star rating and it didn't. The building is tired and well past its best. Shower was inconsistent and sheets stained. Some of this can be expected and excused due to the hotels location, however the prices doesn't reflect this enough in my opinion. Paiyunlou was the most expensive room of our trip to China, including some fantastic 4 star hotels in Xi'an and Shanghai. Location is good if coming up from Taiping, but a long walk from the Western steps. Be warned however as a substitute do not choose the nearby hotel ( can't find its name) - it is currently a gigantic, noisy building site!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2011

I'd read a few really bad reviews about this hotel but it was fine! It's on the top of a mountain and all supplies are carried up on the backs of porters - it would be crazy to expect 5 star luxury. But the room was clean and comfortable and the food was fine. Everything was expensive in comparison but I went in the off-peak season and booked in advance online so it didn't break the bank.

A lady on the front desk spoke a bit of English but if you've booked in advance (recommended) then you won't have any troubles.

Overall - the cheapest option on the main peak circuit and a perfectly acceptable night's stay.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Xihai Tourism Resort, Huangshan District, Huangshan 242709, China
Location: China > Anhui > Huangshan
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa
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Ranked #25 of 402 Hotels in Huangshan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 92
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