We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Great Location, Not so Great Hotel” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gem Hotel

Lowest prices for {0} - {1}
Enter dates for lowest prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
We check up to 200+ sites for the lowest hotel prices
Gem Hotel
Ranked #474 of 1,251 Hotels in Xiamen
Mount Vernon, Washington
Level Contributor
20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great Location, Not so Great Hotel”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2011

The Gem Hotel is located at the upper end of Zhong Shan Road pedestrian street in the China coastal city of Xiamen, which goes down to the seacoast. It is a great location for walking, sightseeing, shoping and informal dining. The staff at the reception desk are very friendly and helpful. I was with friends who speak Madarin Chinese, so I do not know if the staff are fluent in English or not. The room was rather small and shows its age. There is a tiny sink in the bedroom, a tiny shower and a tiny water closet. The TV and cable box are old and were complicated to operate. The walls are thin and we were awakened by two guests arguing loudly in the hallway late at night. Breakfast was included, and was a variety of Chinese dishes. Most of the eating available in the vicinity of the hotel is small dishes in very informal dining facilities. We did eat dinner at a buffet restaurant at an adjacent hotel, but the food was not so good and the price was high. We enjoyed the city of Xiamen and visiting the old round homes in Tu Lo about 3 hours away, and the island of Gulangyu in Xiamen. Since we did not spend much time in our room, it served the purpose. If I were to visit there again on my own, I would likely stay at a higher star value hotel, because that is what I am used to.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Lao_Shr
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

125 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    8
    68
    44
    3
    2
See reviews for
3
5
3
4
Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room Tips
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level Contributor
50 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2010

The hotel's location is excellent- shopping and dining are close by, as is the lovely Zhongshan park. We had a room with french doors that opened onto a large balcony- it was great! The shower had good water pressure and plenty of hot water. The bed was comfortable and surprisingly soft a Chinese hotel in this price range. The carpeting and some of the furnishings were a bit worn and had some cigarette burns. The breakfast buffet was included and had both western and Chinese food- it wasn't great, but it wasn't bad considering the price of the room. Overall I was pleased with this hotel and will probably return- it is an excellent value.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank ChEcKiTyO
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kiev, Ukraine
Level Contributor
126 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2009

This hotel was recommended by a friend in Xiamen when we asked about a "nice hotel for under 300 RMB/nt". For the price we paid (about 275 RMB) it was quite nice! Located very near shopping, restaurants, and the ferry terminal. My husband and I had a "king room" which was actually a queen bed. The room was a bit small, but was comfortable and still a great value for the money. Interesting room arrangements... sink in the middle of the room, show and toilet separate. It was very contemporary and reminded me of a hotel we once stayed at in Kuala Lumpur that had once been offices and was converted into hotel rooms.

My mom and brother stayed in a room with 2 single beds... and theirs was very nice! We still paid only about 295 RMB for their room, and it was more of a suite. Located on the 2nd floor, there were only 2 rooms like it with a huge balcony where you would basically walk out over the hotel sign. Nice, big bathroom and very spacious. Their only complaint was that their A/C wasn't as cold as ours was (bigger room maybe?).

I would recommend this place for the value and location.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank audjie504
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Singapore
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2009

Jan 2009. We had the Deluxe King Room; it had contemporary decor, was tiny - 10 steps from the door to the window, and 8 steps across. A Queen-size bed with about 2 feet clearance all round. There was a short writing table. The TV had 123 channels (!!)
Separated toilet/bath cubicle which were tiny (again !).
Staff were helpful but not too good in English. We asked for extra pillows which were not delivered. Clean/safe/quiet. Breakfast of local food was adequate. Only one electrical point for all your battery -charging needs.
15 mins walk to pedestrianised ZhongShan Rd; the main shopping street.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank ShuangMT
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Xiamen hotels
Zhongshan Yinxiang Hotel
#536 of 1,251 in Xiamen
3.5 of 5 bubbles 2 reviews
Siming District
Singapore Hotel
Singapore Hotel
#613 of 1,251 in Xiamen
4.0 of 5 bubbles 78 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Bestel Hotel
#33 of 1,251 in Xiamen
4.0 of 5 bubbles 127 reviews
Zhongshan Road
City Hotel Xiamen
City Hotel Xiamen
#22 of 1,251 in Xiamen
4.0 of 5 bubbles 249 reviews
Ibis Xiamen Kaiyuan
#545 of 1,251 in Xiamen
3.5 of 5 bubbles 234 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Gem Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Gem Hotel

Property: Gem Hotel
Address: No.444 Zhongshan Road, Siming District, Xiamen 361003, China
Location: China > Fujian > Xiamen > Zhongshan Road , Bailuzhou Resort , Siming District
Hotel Style:
Ranked #474 of 1,251 Hotels in Xiamen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Gem Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 110
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Ctrip TA so you can book your Gem Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Gem Hotel Xiamen

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing