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“Is this the best Yellow Mountain can offer?” 2 of 5 stars
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Beihai Hotel
Beihai Scenic Area, Huangshan 242709, China   |  
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Ranked #36 of 404 Hotels in Huangshan
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3 hotel reviews
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“Is this the best Yellow Mountain can offer?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

According to reviews on tripadvisor, Beihai is supposedly the best choice out of the current hotel selections. When we visited, there was another hotel being built, so hopefully future visitors can receive better than what we experienced.

Our bathroom flooded into the room after one 15 minute shower because the drain was clogged. When we told front desk, they didn't think anything of it and said that housekeeping was not on duty. We were persistent enough to convince the front desk to obtain a mop from the restaurant downstairs, which helped clear out the water in the bathroom. There was mold built up inside the room's picture frames and there are probably fleas on the floor so prepare sandals! While the weather was cold enough to warrant the need of heating, the hotel said it was past season to turn on heating. So the whole hotel did not have heating. There are large overcoats available in closets for guests to use.

Beihai is, however, a great location to see the sunrise in the morning. Its about a 10-15 minute walk to look out points, which lie across one hiking path near the hotel.

There is a basketball court that sits right in front of Beihai hotel, where we saw people with tents pitched up. Not sure if there is a service fee for camping on the courts, but this could be a great affordable alternative to staying at Beihai. Do check on seasons for mosquitoes though.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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State College, PA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

We stayed at the Beihai Hotel on Huangshan for two midweek nights this May. We brought our own backpacks up on the cable car, and that worked fine, although it would have been really nice to see any signs for our hotel when we got to the top of the mountain. It took us a while to realize what we were looking for was NORTH SEA (the literal translation). If you keep that in mind, you'll be fine.

The hotel itself smells of mildew, as others have noted. Everything is ridiculously expensive -- but one you see all the hotel supplies coming up the mountain on the backs of the intrepid workers, you understand why things are at a premium there!

The nights we were there were really cold -- and there is no heat during the spring and summer months -- so it would be a good idea to bring a warm sweatshirt with you, even in summer.

The Xihai hotel is currently being renovated and expanded, and another hotel is opening near the Beihai. Hopefully, with those accommodations in place, there will be an opportunity to do some much needed repairs and updating of the Beihai, since the current hotel isn't quite worthy of the gorgeous location.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a sunset view. We were lucky enough to get one, and it was stunning.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Windsor
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

My trip to Huangshan was the most incredible experience I have had in China. That had nothing to do with this hotel. If you do not speak Mandarin, bring a guide or prepare to be ignored. This is the only place in China where my game of charades did nothing and no one seemed interested in playing.
The room was freezing (it was the beginning of June) but I found out they do not offer heat in the summer season. Luckily the duvets were thick and relatively clean. The shower curtain was moldy, not a little mold, like crawling away moldy.
As a previous reviewer mentioned, don't bother with the buffet. Order off the menu (well not sure if that will work if you don't speak Mandarin). We had the buffet by the recommendation of our guide (who we suspect got the buffet for free) but stared longingly as the menu dishes came out as we ate cold dumplings.
It is important too keep in mind that you are at the top of a mountain. Things are not acquired easily and linens need to be carried down the mountain to be cleaned and the food is carried up. The location could not be beat, with stunning views available at the front door and easy(ish) access to several peaks.
Overall, I hope to forget about this hotel and cherish my fond memories of the mountain.

Room Tip: Bring a tent and a good air mattress?
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Long Island
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Staying at this hotel nearly put me in the hospital! I stayed in room 6419 and the smell, odor and exposure to mold nearly did my respiratory system in.
The room was beyond dated; dirty; carpet and walls stained, little light; and the bathroom abysmal. Holes in the tile on the floor--bugs crawled in and out. Soap and shampoo dispensers on the walls were almost empty and one had to beg for toilet paper. The elevator did not work for two hours our first day there.
The hotel provides no heat or air conditioning so to compensate for the cold- raw evenings provide heavy, smelly extra covers-found underneath the television set. One would really never know to look there. I begged for a room change but the hotel was fully booked. I felt I was better off sleeping in a tent outside this hotel--including when it was pouring outside. What a wretched experience.

Food in the restaurant was fair. Breakfast, lunch and dinner was always the same recycled food from another meal. Service was unfriendly and rushed. Limited English spoken in the hotel.

When it rained and difficult to walk the mountain, people congregated in the hotel's small lobby. Smoking which was supposed to not be allowed, was rampant. There was no healthy place to stay.

Walk off the mountain before staying at this hotel.

Room Tip: If you must stay here check out your room in advance of leaving your bags. Try to a room higher hig...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Seoul, South Korea
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Too much cloud, can't see sunset or sunrise
Room is really expensive but really small room bad shower room.
Food is really bad in this hotel. If u r having dinner at this hotel. Don't get buffet , just order each dish though they seem expensive
Buffet was 140rmb per person really bad food.
Very upset that I am staying over. Not much thing to do

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012 via mobile

I stayed at the dawn light cottages affiliated with the hotel, they were less expensive than the regular rooms but were small and uncomfortable. My advice if u r not interested in sunrise or sunset viewing. No need to stay on mountain top. There is no heating arrangement in the hotel ( except 1 Dec to i think till Feb)..... it got really uncomfortable and cold in may for me and my family due to rain. .....

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

The good news is that under the duvets it was very comfortable. But in February our room (and the entire hotel) was freezing. The breakfast was acceptable, but the supper was greasy and overcooked. The staff were the most unfriendly I've ever found in China. On the other hand, the location is probably the best to see the sunrise (except there wasn't one the day we were there) and given that you're on top of a mountain you have to make some sacrifices.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Beihai Scenic Area, Huangshan 242709, China
Location: China > Anhui > Huangshan
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#28 Best Value Hotel in Huangshan
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Number of rooms: 380
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