Gotta love how the words translate / are translated into English! The gentleman working the front desk when I checked-in was named 'Desire'.
Anyway, I stayed at the Charming Holiday Hotel earlier this year in March and it was very nice "Westernized" hotel with some interesting quirks but nothing that was detrimental to my stay.
Service (4 stars):
Front desk and other staff are friendly enough. Their level of English is very basic for the most part (to be fair, it is China!) but it didn't cause any problems.
Value (4 stars):
I can't mark up or down for this as the company I was visiting also paid for my hotel stay.
Sleep quality (4 stars):
Beds were nice although no, I didn't sleep well. It's hard to be fair when you are jet-lagged and are working or are out to dinner from 7 AM to 10 PM.
Cleanliness (5 stars):
The hotel is very clean, especially when judging by Guangdong standards. Westerners, fear not.
Location (5 stars):
To be honest with you, the location was somewhat inconvenient for me for business reasons as the company I was visiting was an hour away by car, but I can see why they had me stay at this hotel. The hotel is literally right next to the border crossing with Macau and you can walk across - just be aware that the border is not open 24 hours. The area around the hotel is bustling with people and I felt relatively safe walking around when compared to other parts of (mainland) China. The waterfront, which looks like it was just redone/revitalized, is a few blocks east and is really nice for a walk/jog.
Rooms (4 stars):
Rooms were very nice and "Westernized" although the bathroom situation is quite odd as it isn't a separate room (yes, the toilet and the shower are part of the main room, too, with just a partial divider separating them from the rest of the room, which I assume would make things a little awkward if you are traveling with someone).
Breakfast (4 stars):
The breakfast buffet was good, and, as always when in China, make sure to get your fill of the breakfast because you never know what you're going to be eating later!!!
- I wish I would have had more of a chance to explore the area around the hotel as it seemed very pretty during the day and very lively at night
- As mentioned, staff does not excel at the English language, but don't hold that against them - they are friendly and helpful, just be patient
Not sure if I'll ever get a chance to go back to Zhuhai, but if I do, I'll try to stay here if I can.
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