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“Large clean spacious hotel in a good location at Sanya Bay”

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Howard Johnson Resort Sanya Bay
Ranked #33 of 1,330 Hotels in Sanya
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Belgium
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“Large clean spacious hotel in a good location at Sanya Bay”
Reviewed September 28, 2011

We arrived at the hotel by taxi and were awaited by the hotels concierges. They took our bags while we proceeded to check-in. Always take a meter taxi and not the guys that prompt you into their cars, they are ALWAYS more expensive. The hotel is huge featuring around 1000 rooms while we were there the hotel was only at 25% capacity I think.

The reception desk was staffed by atleast 10. They however had some troubles finding our reservations though it should not have been hard to find under our family names..

Anyway we checked in into our deluxe seaview room on the 9th floor. The rooms are large clean and spacious and are equipped with all the amenities you might need including an ethernet cable for the free internet. Free wifi is available in the lobby.

The airconditioning works well (if you manage to figure out the Chinese remote control ;))
We requested a king bed which sleeps very well, it had a hard matress which I've liked alot.

There is hardly any noise from outside eventhough we were located streetside.

The hotel has one large indoor pool which is heated and several outdoor pools. Note however should the hotel be full of non chinese guests (which I think will not be the case very often) there could be a shortage of sun loungers.

The staff at the pool and poolbar hardly speak any English so if you have any other question other than the normal ones you'll have a hard time getting an answer from them. It has to be said though all the staff are VERY helpful and will do their utmost to help you.

Everything is kept clean and immaculate including the many trees and other various plants on the domain.

Drinks are priced okay at the pool but it's much cheaper to buy them at a supermarket or at the small store outside the hotel.

The breakfast starts early enough and ends SHARP at 10.30, don't bother coming later because all the food will be gone. Anyway 10.30 is a nice time to close so just come earlier!
The breakfast has both Chinese and Western options and varies during the week.

We did one hotel restaurant Kwok Heung Kok I believe which is also reasonably priced and has some good options though when it's calm in the hotel they might not have everything you need.

Finding places to eat in walking distance of the hotel is difficult except if you like street bbq's and shady places.

Take a cheap taxi (not the njam njam ladies on their mopeds, you'll know when you get there) and ask them to go to Jiefang Lu which is a big shopping street with supermarkets and others. Always use the meter you'll come out more expensive if you arrange a price.

While you are driving there there is one other big street on the left hand side of this street after a while you'll see other seafood restaurants. Keep going a bit further and there you will see more Western/American style restaurant buildings the food however is 100% Chinese but the quality is superb and cheap! Don't bother asking the concierges where to go they don't have a clue. The one we ate at most of the time was a stylish restaurant with dark yellow neon lights, you'll notice it when you drive by.

If you like good seafood at a good price go to the Chunyuan Seafood Plaza just behind Jiefang Lu. You can select the fish you want and then take them to a small stand to prepare everything for also a cheap price! You will pay a fixed price per type of fish you bring in. We had around 7 kinds and did not pay more than 69 RMB to prepare everything.

Back to the hotel the check-out was flawless and we left satisfied.

If you like the hustle and bustle China can bring you definately stay in a hotel in Sanya bay, if you like to stay in your hotel the whole time take a hotel at Yalong Bay (be aware there is litterly NOTHING to see/do in Yalong bay except for the three restaurants that are extremely overpriced). Yalong bay features more upscale hotels too but you'll pay the price.

If you need a city map the concierge desk has them, just ask one.

If you have more questions or want to know the exact names of the restaurants we went too message me please.

Room Tip: Try to be as high up as possible and definately avoid the first floor as this is also the way to the...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Guangzhou, China
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

A very nice place to stay in Sanya. It is my 2nd time to stay in this hotel. I took my parents, relatives and kids back for the beautiful view and delicious foods there I want to share with them. Different families flied from different place and gathered in Sanya for a luxury weekend. Once we left the taxi, the door boy gave me a card with the the taxi number we just took from the airport in case we would left something. One of my relative 's birthday was the day he checked in, we enjoyed a very delicious and free birthday cake the staff provided. Sorry for we forgot in such a big family meeting. And how lucky they arranged it for him. Their considerate attracked me back.

Room Tip: higher floor better view and quiter
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

pleasant stay overall until check-out when the cashier insisted on charging me two nights for a one night stay. finally ironed things out with the assistance of an english speaking russian employee.

good:
facilities are clean and well-kept.
lots of pools and nice room
beach was nice enough -- not spectacular but ok.
the chinese restaurant serves good food but due to insufficient fans, was hot and humid

bad:
most of the employees have not learnt the art of smiling
breakfast buffet will SHUT DOWN at 8:30am sharp. lights+fan OFF and food gets cleared immediately; i saw guests chasing down carts of food trying to get some morsels of food.

when leaving the hotel to catch my train, i was literally stuck in my taxi for 15mins cause no one bothered to manage the traffic in the drop-off area, right in front of the lobby. taxis, limos, vans, vip's cars, -- all squeezing for space there with one lane left to move and that was used for customers unloading their bags! utter chaos and employees were rude when i requested their assistance to manage the mess.

nice place but poorly trained staff makes it an average stay, at best. go with patience.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

This is a large resort hotel on the beach in Sanya. I am not really a fan of big properties but this place was well run and maintained, the service was prompt and helpful, and the room was a good size with a mini-bar, flat-sceen TV, free via cable Internet, and sliding glass doors onto a deck. The restaurants and food were really good. The fitness center is a real gym and there are plenty of on-site activities.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Xiamen, China
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Reviewed March 28, 2011

After looking at several places in Sanya on the net Howard Johnson was exactly what it stated. I went with my partner and a friend, we had a twin room which we swapped no problems when we got there as there was construction over the road.
The grounds are beautiful and the staff where fairly helpful. (we didnt speak to them much).
Very easy access to the beach and great beach bar.
We stayed in both nights we where there and ate the four seasons cafe.
For westerners I thought it was really good and quiet well priced for the quality of the food, (I wouldn't recommend the soup, very small portion).
The bar was great, (weren't cocktails as I know them BUT they kept trying till they got them right).
All in all I would stay there again :)

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Arnhem, Netherlands
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Reviewed January 24, 2011

The hotel is perfect, great, spacious and clean rooms. Beautifull pools, easy access to the beach (tunnel), several restaurants etc etc. But we wanted more than that, so we were not completely satisfied.
We had some issues with our reservations. At first there was a misunderstanding about the roomrate (our fault), but the staff was a bit irritated by that.
We booked 6 nights, but decided to leave after 4. It took a few calls before they agreed that we could check-out early. The reason we left early was that Sanya city center had not much to offer and to visit the sights on the island would cost a lot of time (km) and money (negotiating with the taxi).

There are a lot of foreign visitors (Korean, Russian) in the hotel, breakfast was also a mix of western, Chinese and other cultures. We had dinner in the western restaurant. If you're not in a hurry, you'll get rewarded by good food. Across the street at the entrance there is a small shop where you can buy drinks and snacks. There is also a bus (line 8) going into town (2 RMB).

If you want to relax, enjoy the pool and the beach and nothing more, than i recommand this hotel. If you also want to do some sightseeing do cultural activities than I would advise to go to another place. Also we liked the HBO movie channel.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2011

This was our first visit to Sanya so we were a little uncertain regarding choice of hotel from such a large number to select from.
First impressions were good, we checked in late at night after our air flight. The check in was attended to speedily by efficient English speaking staff.
We were shown to our room which was on the top floor on the ocean side. The room was spacious, well equipped and very clean. The bathroom was very modern and was also very clean.
We woke in the morning to a spectacular view over the hotel gardens, pools and the ocean.The view was truly magnificent.
The breakfast was buffet with a very large selection of both Chinese and Western food.The food was well prepared and the staff were very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Howard Johnson Resort Sanya Bay
Address: No.188 Sanya Bay Road, Haipo Holiday Resort, Sanya 572000, China
Location: China > Hainan > Sanya > Sanya Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Sanya
#19 Best Value Hotel in Sanya
#30 Spa Hotel in Sanya
#31 Luxury Hotel in Sanya
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Hotel Class:5 star — Howard Johnson Resort Sanya Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 1160
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