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Lujiang Harborview Hotel
Ranked #23 of 1,296 Hotels in Xiamen
Reviewed November 2, 2009

I will highly recommend this hotel among other hotels. Value for money, great location, friendly service, and nice food in the restaurant! All of the rooms facing Gulangyu Island, and the room size just perfect. The ferry port to Gulangyu Island, just 3 minutes walk in front of the hotel. One thing you should try is the chinese food at their restaurant, very authentic and worth of money. Behind the hotel is the famous shopping street, you can easily walk without worry because the street close for any vehicle. Make your stay worth it and try this boutique hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2009

This review is long overdue. I stayed at this hotel on my first trip to Xiamen nearly one and a half year ago. Location-wise, it beats everything else in Xiamen. It has one of the best views of the Harbour, of the Gulangyu Island and also right next to the main shopping street. The service is good, and the rooms are clean. For food, though the restaurant offers a fine selection of dishes, you can go to the commercial street right beside, where you be spoiled for choices.

I would advice traveler's to go to Xiamen during either the Chinese New Year or the October Festivals. Thats when the streets are fully decorated.

I now regularly travel to Xiamen visiting my in-laws, so can't stay in this hotel. But i still remember the first visit and how it made a fine impression on me.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 23, 2009

This is a very good family style hotel that had both business people and Chinese families staying when we visited. There is not much to add to the other reviews except that the restaurants are very good and the harbor-view rooms are worth the upgrade. I would rate the hotel as excellent except for the lack of any real non-smoking rooms. We moved from the first room to another that smell less of smoke than the first.

The breakfast buffet is excellent with both western and Chinese choices. The top floor restaurants offer some of the best Dim Sum and entries available in Xiamen. Unlike an other review we found the service excellent in the top floor restaurant and very patient with us as we explored the menu and tried to understand the offerings. The food was first class and reasonably priced.

The harbor-view rooms are good sized and provide a good view of the channel and island. We booked through Sinohotel and paid what seemed a pittance for the room with breakfast included (550 RMB).

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2009

Highly recommend this hotel, excellent location, friendly staff, nice clean rooms, perfect views. Only downside was the male waiters/cooks in the 6th floor Harbour View Restaurant were a little rude and impatient . Gulangyu Island is an unknown gem for foreigners, wonderfull Island, best bird aviary I have ever seen ( although not well advertised ).

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2009

booked via ctrip just two day before arrival. smooth reception, just odd to charge your credit card about double cost for services deposit and then cancel on checkout as it is common in China, I guess it is better to leave the deposit in cash. Single room small but adequate, bathroom shower also small, but I am a large guy, and did not suffer. Excellent staff, very helpful, 6th floor restaurant may be difficult for English speakers, but there's always someone who can help. Lack of seating in the lobby, but one can always sit and talk in the ground floor cafe, they do not charge for that. Free WiFi and cable Internet, very fast, works with VPN. No complaints, good atmosphere, efficient and pleasant. Good breakfast. Marvellous location. Will certainly stay again.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 7, 2008

Only a die-hard contrarian or a malcontent could deny the supremacy of the location of this hotel. It’s a two minute walk to the ferry to Gulang Yu (yet set on an unexpectedly quiet street), it’s located adjacent to the main (pedestrian) shopping street and, of course, it overlooks the harbour (and Gulang Yu).

The hotel is smart, modern and well maintained – up to the standards of a business hotel, although I was not there on business.

The room I had – a single – was perfectly acceptable, save for two things: One was the claustrophobic, glass shower stall, which found me hitting (and altering) the water control lever a few times during each shower no matter how hard I tried to shower without moving. One wrong move would turn the water off, another would push it into hot or cold water; the other issue was the absence of a mini-bar/refrigerator, which is a required accoutrement in 3 star, never mind 4 star, hotels. But if you don’t find yourself completely confounded by one thing or another on a daily basis, then you’re not in China. I can’t speak to the other classes of rooms, but be aware of this if you are planning on checking into a single.

The Chinese restaurant on the top floor is very good. You can either order from the standard, physical menu (highly recommended for non-Mandarin/Cantonese speakers) or cast your fate to the wind by wading into their buffet-style, a la carte system, with two separate sheets of paper written exclusively in Chinese dropped onto your table and supposedly cross-referenceable to log what and how much you ate. None of the food is identified in the buffet-style area (with regard to what it is or what type of dish it represents) and no prices are visible anywhere, either on the sheets of paper or by the food itself. You may have a sumptuous meal or you may not… and you’ll be hard pressed find someone to accept blame should you find out that your final bill is two, three or four times what you had anticipated spending.

If you’re planning to stay here, do yourself a big favor and research the hotel’s actual prices on the web before arriving. It will save you a lot of money, unless you are an innately, highly skilled and very patient negotiator. I found out the hard way: I walked into the hotel and the listed rate for a single was 600 yuan, which no one obviously took seriously. It quickly dropped to 500, then 451 when I showed the rate listed in a top tier guidebook’s 2008 edition. [Thanks un-named guidebook, by the way… good job of doing your homework]. But the manager wasn’t caving as is customary, where you fairly quickly end up between 50 and 60 percent of the quoted rate.

It being late in the day, I took it for one night (knowing I was likely paying way too much for a room but not specifically how much) and set out to find a nearby internet outlet and either a cheaper, quotable rate for this hotel or an alternate, cheaper hotel. I happened to stumble upon a web site (other than the hotel’s) and was both angered and happily surprised to find out the hotel’s listed rate was 348 yuan, including service charges and breakfast (but not the 4% tax). The hotel manager – a skilled negotiator… believe me, I’ve been around – quickly and graciously honored that rate for my entire stay.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending upon your circumstances… for me, I’m married) this hotel was free from the evening telephone call from an anonymous female asking if one if one wants a “massa”, which allowed me to leave the phone on the hook to take desired calls.

If you don’t speak Mandarin or Cantonese, stick with the hotel manager on hand or reception as a last- resort back up for anything that involves detail or that is of importance. Knowledge of English or any other language falls precipitously after that, although the doormen seem to have a rudimentary ability for lesser issues, depending upon who you talk to.

Stayed: January 2008
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Reviewed October 2, 2007

I have stayed here many times, it is one of the oldest hotels in Xiamen, but at the best location, corner of Jong Shan Road and Lu Jian Dao, right across from the famous and beautiful Gulangyu island.

I have stayed there, before and after is was refurbished and it is still of high quality with an early 20th century facade.

They can handle foreign guests and for location you won't find better in Xiamen, right on the best shopping street in the city and across from the seawall overlooking the gulangyu island, which is illuminated at night.

It is in the center of all the tourist activity and is where travellers in the know stay who are there for themselves wanting to be within easy access of great restaurants and activities.

I book all my interenational friends here when they come to visit as the hotel is a destination in itself.

try the outdoor restaurant on the 6th floor, very very populat with the locals, plus this is an affordable hotel for foreign travellers too!

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Lujiang Harborview Hotel

Address: No.54 Lujiang Road, Xiamen 361001, China
Location: China > Fujian > Xiamen
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Xiamen
#22 Luxury Hotel in Xiamen
Price Range: $60 - $115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lujiang Harborview Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 154
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