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“A special treasure”
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Club Med Guilin
Ranked #1 of 637 Hotels in Guilin
Certificate of Excellence
New York
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38 reviews
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“A special treasure”
Reviewed August 21, 2010

Hotel of Modern Art is basically a world class sculpture garden and artists studio set among the fabulous karsts of Guilin that just happens to be a hotel too. Gary the hotel manager made our stay fabulous. Don't miss the hidden cave! Also ask for a bicycle and art tour!
The rooms are quirky and interesting. Not your run of the mill luxury resort. The restaurant is beautiful and the food is pretty good.
There are a few things that I think the hotel could improve to make the place truly world class destination. A nicer pool that is more incorporated into the sculpture theme would be a big plus. Also, a real exercise room would be a welcome addition. Right now, except of the spa and restaurant, the hotel lacks a resort/ luxury feeling that people probably expect at this price.
However, having said that, this hotel is a truly unique gem. Art lovers especially should not miss HOMA. Skip the Yanghuo hotels for this one if you can!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Philadelphia, PA
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Reviewed July 21, 2010

This was a stop on our recent Enchanted China tour with Adventures by Disney. We stayed here 2 nights. I wish we could go back to this location for a weekend getaway. (Flight would be too long!)

The grounds (sculpture garden) were amazing and so much fun to tour. We used the hotel's bicycles to ride around and take photogrpahs of the artwork. We also used one of the golf carts to tour around as well.

It was a quiet respite from our other stops in large cities and in larger hotels.

We enjoyed both the hotel bar and the breakfast - what amazing settings for food, drink and conversation. If nothing else, the hotel was whimsical and fun! Some of the folks in our group did the spa and said it was amazing!

  • Stayed July 2010
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed June 22, 2010

The hotel grounds are amazing - a striking ( and large) sculpture park next to the Karst (?) Mountains. We were greeted at the door with drinks and cookies. We were assigned a "host" to guide us through the stay, including a personal tour of the sculpture park in a 4 seat golf cart. Our room was clean and modern; there is art everywhere. Art classes were fun but there was minimal instruction. The spa is open until late at night - very peaceful and relaxing to take advantage of spa services at 10 pm! Dinner is served inside or outside; didn't try the set meals but enjoyed the more simple a la carte menu. Our one night stay was the perfect end to a whirlwind trip through China - a great getaway before returning to Bejing.

  • Stayed June 2010
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london
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Reviewed April 29, 2010

the creation of a taiwanese billionaire who made his fortune from cemeteries, HOMA is a very comfortable modern and achitecturally distinguished hotel set in a 60 acre park with an additional 120 acre wilderness attached. my wife and i were warmly greeted and assigned a hostess for the length of our stay who made sure we had everything we needed. bedroom and bathroom were spacious and beautifully appointed with very comfortable bed and a lovely view of a limestone cliff.
indoor and outdoor restaurants with gourmet chef and separate chinese and western menus. some of the chinese dishes have astronomical prices. the chinese food at normal prices was superb. good but limited choice breakfast buffet.
the sculpture park is laid out with lakes. pavilions and groves of trees with sculpture, all of which has been created on site, dotted around. the artists , invited by the owner from 47 countries but predominately chinese and taiwanese, are provided with all necessary materials and a fully equipped workshop/studio to fulfill their commissions and there is a large display of the work of the current atist in residence (fo a year) and in a separate building an art gallery with pictures and smaller sculptures. the works are of high quality and the overall effect very pleasing.
there is a separate spa building wich we didn't use and a pool is available in th owner's house on site. thereeis a small gym and also a business centre in the main building.
the perfect place to relax for a couple of days in the middle of frantic touring, but it is very expensive

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2009

We stayed in Yuzi to have a relaxing few days after our hectic sightseeing schedule in Beijing and Xian. This was the perfect place to unwind; it was the reward the children had been waiting for after the hours of culture they had to endure.
We loved being in the middle of this beautiful sculpture park, in particular cycling round the grounds. Unfortunately this was punctuated every now and then by day tourists being taken round by a guide with a megaphone.

The butler was extremely helpful in sorting out everything from bicycles to our day trips. The duplex family room we had was fun; the kids loved having their own floor and tv upstairs. However, it could do with more hanging or storage space.

The restaurants were lovely too. However, we did feel a bit conspicuous as most of the time we were the only ones in there! It may be that July was a little too hot for many tourists.

The children loved the art room. They had a choice of doing chinese painting, pottery, ceramic painting, beaded pictures, etc.

The pool could have been better equiped - toilets, changing area were inadequate and towels were not available. It seemed like the owner's private pool and when we wanted to use it, the butler had to check to see if it was available!?

All in all, we had a fabulous time and would definitely recommend it to people to see this part of China.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Toronto
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Reviewed June 4, 2009

My husband and I visited China last fall with friends and selected this hotel after seeing reviews on Trip Advisor. We booked into the less expensive HOMA Libre. Upon arriving at the airport, we were met by Gary, the wonderful concierge from the hotel and were pleasantly suprised that we had been bumped to the Relais and Chateau property. We were thrilled that we would now be staying inside the Yuzi Paradise park amidst incredible sculptures created by artists from around the world. Our rooms were so unique and we had a stunning japanese soaker tub, and all the modern amenities one would look for. The lobby was so zen and light-filled and the restaurant Lotus was beautifully designed with chairs, tables and doors created by artisans. The food was very reasonably priced and the presentation was always a great surprise. The hotel also arranged our tours; we weren't too thrilled by the Li River cruise, incredibly touristy. We loved our tour to Longsheng with our guide Gary; the views were unbelievable and it felt more authentic and less touristy than many places we visited in the area. Many may find the hotel to be out of the way, but compared to the neon-lit, character-less hotels in Guilin, the extra time spent getting to the hotel is SO worth it. The staff took us around the park at night so we could view all the sculptures in the park; we also took bike rides around the park during the day which was fabulous. The spa was also wonderful. My friend and I left our husbands to relax and recouperate and enjoyed massages and the sauna. Don't forget to have breakfast outdoors. All in all, a wonderful experience and one of our highlights of China. We have travelled extensively around the world and this was truly one of the most unique places we have ever stayed at.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
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Hong Kong
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12 reviews
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Reviewed May 30, 2009

My friend who recommended HOMA R&C said that people either hate it or love it, and I can see why. I'm pretty happy with my stay there -- friendly staff, all the creature comforts you would expect of a high-class hotel, large grounds to bike around in, good value spa treatments... But it's doesn't quite hit the bar for R&C to me -- for example, while the service is friendly; the staff is just not as attentive as the R&C properties I had visited in France. They overlooked when my husband started pouring wine himself... and they let a couple of flies get in the bathroom, etc. The restaurant tries to be imaginative and while the Chinese cuisine is pretty good, the Western cuisine really fell flat (the lobster was clearly not fresh, but frozen). Also, as an earlier post had mentioned, the pool does not exactly adjoin the hotel and its lack of upkeep abolished any lingering thoughts in our mind of taking a swim.
Regarding the location -- yes, it's quite far away from Guilin. I think HOMA is meant for those who intend to spend a lot of time inside the hotel grounds. If you're planning to do many day trips to Yangshuo, Guilin ,etc, I would recommend you don't use HOMA as a base.
All in all, I didn't mind paying the RMB 2,500 per night for the room, but I think the management has room for improvement.
(Before my trip, I had tried to find info on the 2nd hotel on the grounds, but in vain -- having seen the building first-hand, I would say it's a decent hotel at a decent price (~RMB 1100), but don't expect 5-star service or access to the pool.)

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Club Med Guilin
Address: the Junction of Dayan Road and 026 Country Road, Dabu Country, Yanshan District, Guilin 541000, China (Formerly Club Med Guilin Holiday Resort)
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Location: China > Guangxi > Guilin
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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#1 Luxury Hotel in Guilin
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Hotel Class:4 star — Club Med Guilin 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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