If you are looking for a relaxing holiday in a more than 5* hotel, this is the place to be! The hotel is built in a very modern Chinese Style in a very relaxing athmosphere.
The rooms are very spacious and very clean. We booked the two bedroom suite, which is perfect for a family. Every bedroom has a big terrace with a bathtub and a separte bathroom with a shower. Between the bedrooms, there is a livingroom with a kitchen, also very spacious. We were travelling with our little family dog, they even placed a little bed for her, doggy shampoo and a bowl with water and food.
The included breakfast was very nice, a very good mix between Western and Chinese food. You can have little snacks on the lake terrace outside, or go to one of the big restaurants. But they also have a very big inroom-dining menu (Very nice Ceasar salade for 38 rmb but you have to try the Wuxi bun for 8 rmb, it's the best ever!). We tried everything and all the food was presented very nice and everything was very clean!
The swimming pool was indoor but also had a terrace outdoor so perfect with little kids, they can't get sunburned while mum can get red ;-) There was always a life guard standing on the side. Only downside was that you have to wear a swimming cap but you can buy one for 10 rmb. There's a big swimming pool, a little kids pool and a big jacuzzi. In the dressing rooms you find nice showers and a small sauna. Everything was again very clean. (We even saw a lady cleaning the little cracks of the tiles of the swimming pool with a tooth brush).
If the pool isn't enough for you, two minutes from the hotel, there's RI-Star Spa. It's a BIG complex with 30 pools outdoors, you will have trouble choosing between the wine pool, coconut pool, swirling pool, bamboo pool, fish pool,... We payed 260 rmb for a whole day for four persons! The restaurant here only has a Chinese menu so we toke a big guess but eveything was delicious! (Try the fried noodles). The Lingshan Buddha is 4 km from the hotel but if you want to go further, the taxi from the hotel takes you everywhere but calculate the time because it's 50 min into town.
The service was simply perfect, I was pleasant surprised how many people spoke English (my Chinese is sooo bad) and all the smiles all day also make you smile all day. We will go back for sure, we had a perfect time!
I do have to make notice of the fact that we arrived on Sunday afternoon at left on Friday evening. During the week it's not very busy but we saw a lot off busses checking in on Friday so I think it will get crowded in the weekends. But it's such a big hotel...
Oh yeah, when you check-inn (which takes you 5 minutes) you receive home made cookies (thank you Elaine and Eric), they are delicious so don't forget to buy a box when you check-out ;-)
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