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Golden Shining New Century Grand Holtel BeiHai
Ranked #2 of 465 Hotels in Beihai
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“I could pick this hotel apart but I won't”
Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

I mean the air con took hours to cool by a few degrees if you cranked it to 5 degrees, mirror was broken, outlet to refrigerator was broken so you had to take it out of the cabinet, toilet flushed weakly so you had to hold down the handle, shower drain was slow unless you removed drain cover, and the guests would not stop smoking on the lifts. I guess that would lead most people to give this hotel a 2 but these are small things that I could largely remedy - well not the smoking.

What was important to me was that it has a grand lobby, great staff, a breakfast with plenty of variety, very comfortable beds and towels, and a very well equipped gym. It is near Silver Beach but not the city so a taxi costs about 40 RMB each way as the hotel is isolated. Bei Hai in December is pretty dead so being near the beach is isolated. Other months you would be near the action.

Across the road are a few restaurants. I liked the Korean one, but it is very local with no English spoken. Small store to the left of the street exit but it is very limited and also no English.

Nice place to eat in the city is 6000 restaurant. Very good food at excellent prices and a menu with pictures.

They have small buses across the street exit that take you into the city square for 1.5 RMB if you get tired of paying 40 RMB for a 20 RMB ride.

Staff speak English, well some do. Outside the hotel that will be rare. Take along the hotel card and where you are going in Chinese characters not pinyin.

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Reviewed July 30, 2012

This is a newly built hotel, sa short distance from the city centre but convenient for the ferry port
Rooms are well designed and well appointed. Breakfast is excellent with a superb international choice including western style breads. The buffet meal in the evening is a far more patchy affair and the best advice is to eat out at one of the many superb restaurants in the city.

If only the reception and food and drink staff could communicate in English the hotel would be more suitable for the international traveller. Some speak really well, most don't and arriving at the hotel after a delayed flight at 3.30 am we found a receptionist that didn't. Fortunately I always carry a Chinese translation of booking forms.

There is no WiFi and thats frustrating for a business traveller as is the occasional ringing of the room doorbell around midnight. Previous experience of hotels in China permits me to guess the identity of the mystery caller, after my first few trips I simply don't respond to the door in the evening. If somebody wants me they can phone first. Who lets these people into the holel ...who provides them with room numbers? Management need to examine security a little more closely.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

This is a great hotel and the staff is wonderful. The hotel is not far away from the swimming beach, it is a quick trip by taxi (or three wheeled motorcycle taxi). So this is a good hotel and their air conditioning works great! Across the street is a very nice restaurant/bar called William Shakespeare's which is run by Mark, who is from England. This is a great family place and has great food, both Chinese and Fish and Chips. Also if you walk out of the hotel and go to your left about a half block there is a very small store you can get pop, milk, cigs, Do not let the looks of the place fool you one of the kids there speaks great English and they do not increase the price on you.

This is new and they were finishing the pool when I was there so I cannot rate that.

IMPORTANT: Before you go anywhere make sure everyone in your group has the name and address of the hotel written in Chinese along with the phone number. The staff will be happy to do that for you.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Golden Shining New Century Grand Holtel BeiHai
Address: Jinhaian Avenue,Yinhai District, Beihai 536000, China
Location: China > Guangxi > Beihai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 465 Hotels in Beihai
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Golden Shining New Century Grand Holtel BeiHai 4.5*
Number of rooms: 255
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