I stayed at the Crowne Plaza Huadu in Guangzhou for a week during a business trip to this part of China. Upon arrival the staff at reception were excellent and checked me in very quick and easy and spoke very good polite English too.
I was staying on the Club Floor which is on the 9th Floor and has complimentary access to the Crowne Plaza Club Lounge. This hotel is located in a business area where there isn't much to do around here but that said taxi's are very cheap in China so everything is close within as long as you get the address in Chinese which the hotel staff will do for you without doubt.
I used the airport shuttle bus for free to travel to the airport, then from the airport you can get the metro into the city which only costs 7 RMB, thats not even £1 and only takes around 40 minutes! The front desk staff are also very helpful in looking for local attractions and will even call you a taxi if required. At night the hotel has amazing LED lighting which changed colours and it looks amazing and stands out very much. The rooms on the 9th floor are excellent, they are very spacious and have free wifi across the whole hotel which is enough for checking emails etc... that said it was fast enough for me to catch up on my BBC iPlayer Eastenders in HD, so its pretty fast, especially at night when not much people are using it.
Now I am a very fussy person when it comes to hotels and I cannot fault this hotel one single bit at all, I was slightly cold in the first room and they changed my room right away so really I cannot complain about this or mark them down for this! I woke up at 8am each morning during my stay and went for complimentary breakfast in the Crowne Plaza Club Lounge and left the 'Service My Room' card on the handle and within 30 minutes after having my breakfast my room would be spanking and clean again! Each day this service was excellent, new bath robes, new towels, new bedding and nothing of mine was out of place and I feel I can trust everyone here. All the staff would welcome you and say hello when you are around the hotel. The lounge bar downstairs in the lobby is also excellent and very vibrant as well as the Garden Cafe which has a massive range of food for breakfast, ranging from English, American and Chinese foods!
As for the in room amenities there is everything, bath robes, plenty of towels, safe, weighing scale, fluffy slippers, complimentary water, shoe shine, HDMI sockets for your laptop, large screen TV, ethernet port, huge floor to ceiling windows which show a great sunset in the evening, night lights (all lights are LED in the rooms), electric bathroom curtains, shower gels, conditioners, lotions, bath salts, shaving kit, toothbrush kit, sewing kit, cotton buds, sanitary bags, hair dryer, stapler, paper clips, pencils, sharpeners, rubbers... you name it they have it this really is a proper business hotel!!! I even asked for a HDMI cable to connect my laptop to the TV to watch movies and they even had this and it came to my room within minutes and even set it up for me, which just saved me that little time. Also there is a travel adaptor in the rooms should you need this. The lovely beige leather business chair and glass table was great for me to wind down in the evening when catching up on my emails.
I ordered room service many times and each time they would come within 15-20 minutes! I would leave my tray outside the room and it would be picked up almost instantly. The bed is extremely comfortable and the pillows are just something you can dream of having at home! I think they are memory foam and feather types. The local area is rather dead with not much going on but from what it seems like its a developing area as there are new buildings being built everywhere, so looks like Crowne Plaza have future proofed their location here! The Crowne Plaza Club Lounge has a a great view of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and if its not as foggy you can see the planes landing and taking off... from the room window you can see them defending and approaching.. but this is only from the front facing rooms. I stayed in room 919 from the 10th Feb to 16th Feb.
The staff in the Crowne Plaza Club Lounge are excellent, very polite and accommodating and there are PC's in there with English Windows 7 software and even a HP colour laser printer which is simple to use, just like home. The staff will even get you the drinks, coffee and food even though its a buffet type of service. One night in the lounge I noticed they had mango juice which was rather tasty so the next morning at breakfast they did not seem to have it, so upon asking they lady from the lounge she went out of the way to get me two bottles and said I could take one back to my room for later, it was the extra touches like this which made me feel very welcome so I would like to thank Crowne Plaza for this.
I would like to add that I am normally a Hilton Hotels person and I have stayed at many Hilton Hotels in the UK and China and I am their gold Hilton HHonours member, but upon staying here I can confidently say that Crowne Plaza does tick a lot more boxes than Hilton and they could learn a lot from Crowne Plaza! If you are looking to book this hotel then don't even think twice about it, just book it! I can guarantee that you will love it! Check out my pictures for more information and tasters!
I have been slacking with my reviews lately and have missed out a few dozen hotel reviews but this hotel has been such an excellent experience for me that I am sat at Guangzhou Airport right now to share my experience with you all, this hotel really deserves a hats off. Thank you for reading!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Huadu is the first 5-star international hotel in Huadu. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Area, ten-minute drive from the airport and Huadu District's central hub, as well as Huadu's largest Jewelry Trade Market and 40-minute drive from downtown Guangzhou and Pazhou International Exhibition Centre. In addition, we offer free scheduled shuttle bus service between the hotel and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, and during the Canton Fair period, the free scheduled shuttle bus is available between the hotel and Pazhou International Exhibition Centre. Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Huadu offers 299 guest rooms, including suites and a Crowne Plaza Club Floor. Crowne Plaza newly upgraded bathroom amenities is a premium worldwide recognized cosmetic brand Borghese, originating in Italy. The product is added with natural lavender essential oil to provide you luxurious and professional bathroom experience during your trip. Complimentary Wifi service in rooms and hotel public area, 24-hour in-room dining service, central air-conditioning with individual control, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar, coffee and tea, iron and ironing board, 42'' LED TV are all ready for your comfortable stay. Each Club Floor Room and Suite comes with premium guest services, including express check-in and out, 2-hour complimentary use of meeting room at the Crowne Plaza Club Floor, complimentary breakfast, beverage and Happy Hour at the Club Lounge, late check-out until 16:00 and etc. The fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool offer guests a great place to relax and the Garden Cafe, Chinese Restaurant and the Lounge Bar provide delicious offerings of culinary delights. With seven multi-function meeting rooms and a Crowne Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Huadu offers excellent options for all types of events. The column-free Crowne Ballroom spreading 1100 sqm accommodates as many as 1600 people for meeting; it can also be divided into four individual sections to meet guests' various needs. ... more less
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