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“Lots of Charm - and Not Much Else” 3 of 5 stars
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Yunjincheng Minsu Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.56 West Street, Pingyao County 031100, China (Formerly International Financier Club)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 91 Hotels in Pingyao County
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“Lots of Charm - and Not Much Else”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2011

Although it's called International Financier Club; this is not a business hotel. The name refers to Pingyao's 19th century status as the major banking center of China.

If you're charmed by the idea of sleeping in a traditional Chinese room in a Ming and Qing Dynasty courtyard complex, this might be the place for you. But only if you think Ming and Qing Dynasty hardships are part of the charm.

On our evening arrival, we wended our way through several courtyards, with poorly lit steps up and down challenging our aging night vision at every turn. Our nonsmoking room smelled of smoke (common in China), but we chose it over the substitute offered, which had a faint odor of sewage. The Ming Dynasty charm of the elevated platform bed did not make the fiendishly hard Chinese mattress any softer. (We asked for extra blankets to sleep on.)

The room's period furniture added to the amosphere, but not to its comfort. The bathroom was just adequate. The room lacked a safe. All the windows were of frosted glass, so the only way to check the weaher was to open the door, which locks with a padlock.

There is free wired internet in room. There was supposed to be wifi in lobby but it was not working.

Rigors of the period Chinese housing aside, the courtyards are indeed charming in the daylight, and make the guest feel a part of Pingyao Ancient Town.

Although the desk forgot to deliver our wakeup call, we still made the narrow breakfast hours of 7 to 9. We might have been better off oversleeping.

The buffet breakfast featured a good selection of Chinese dishes with a few Western ones, all served in chafing dishes over cans of Sterno, most of which had gone out. The few dishes that weren't cold to start with soon got that way in the poorly heated breakfast room. All the tables seat eight, so if you don't tolerate strangers well before your first cup of coffee, be warned: sharing is obligatory. One of the two young ladies tending the food had an obvious cold.

This hotel is one of those travel experiences that grows more pleasant as it receeds in memory. I now regard the photos of the place with some fondness. So if you're a traveler who wants the atmosphere of the country and can roll with the punches, toss a string of cash at the International Financier Club and enjoy an Ancient Town experience.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2010

Just loved the architecture. Service is acceptable too. Conveniently located inside the 'old town'.

Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2008

I stayed two nights in the International Financier Hotel in Pingyao. It is in the center of the tourist part of Pingyao in a beautiful restored Ming period house with rooms facing small interior courtyards. Elaborate, colorfully decorated architecture provides a Ming immersion experience. My room was divided by a lattice screen into a sleeping area and a sitting area. The bathroom was modern. The sitting area was arranged and furnished with Ming furniture and decorations. However, the room was quite dim and the Ming furnishings in the sitting area are not aimed at comfort. The hotel's generator kept the lights on one afternoon when the city's power supply failed, but it could not keep the AC going. The buffet breakfast (included) was very good. It is well worth the trouble to get to Pingyao (nearest airport is in Taiyuan), and this hotel crowns the Ming period experience.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2006

My husband and I stayed at this hotel in Pingyao recently for 2 nights. It was said to be the most luxurious of all the courtyard guesthouses in the old town and the website photos made the place look magical. Upon first impressions, I have to say that the place looked quite spectacular, very David Tang in it's reception/breakfast area with good mood lighting and decoration. The complex itself is quite lovely also, however we were a bit disappointed with our room and staff service.

We had been charged 880rmb per room per night with breakfast just for a standard room (and apparently this was a reduced rate!) which for Chinese standards is very expensive, and as we have stayed in various high end 5 star hotels in China this year at 600rmb and less per night, we thought this was overpriced to say the least. The room, although mostly authentic, was very dark and a bit gloomy, so you did not feel comfortable just sitting and relaxing in the room

We also felt that we were one of very few guests, maybe even the only ones in the hotel, however the room given to us was right above the staff toilets and utility room - so quite unpleasant smells would waft above to our room and come through our pipes in the bathroom, together with staff mingling about outside our room talking all the time (so avoid room 116!!). There was also a litter of about 6 undernourished kittens and a dirty kitty litter situated right near our door, which we thought was a bit unhygienic.

There was no complimentary bottled water for guests, and considering you cant even brush your teeth in the water in Pingyao, we felt this was rude....when we approached staff and asked for some water, we were told to boil hot water in our room kettle and wait for it to cool!

There were 2 television sets in our room with at least 40 channels, however not one in english for international tourists which after a hard day sightseeing, sometimes you need when you completely relax.

No hotel staff gave us any information about the hotel, nor was there anything in the room to advise us of hotel services and facilities, not even a number to call if we needed assistance at front desk.....no map or information was provided about the ancient town and when we asked staff at front desk we were told to purchase a local map from them..more expense!

Breakfast was very average and on one occasion our whole order was mixed up
The hotel only serves western food and not Chinese, and if you want Chinese food, which we did, you had to walk about 10mins to another main street to their 'sister' restaurant (food and setting was pretty good here, although on two occasions when we walked by there was not one single person in there - we went Saturday lunch and it was packed, but Saturday night and Sunday lunch was empty - so no atmosphere)

All round, if you have the spare cash then this is the place to stay and I am sure it is the best hotel in Pingyao, it is certainly attractive on the outside, however if you peel away the layers, there certainly needs to be some work done to improve on staff service and maybe update a few things in the hotel rooms to make them more comfortable for the outrageous prices you have to pay.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.56 West Street, Pingyao County 031100, China (Formerly International Financier Club)
Location: China > Shanxi > Pingyao County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 91 Hotels in Pingyao County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Yunjincheng Minsu Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 16
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