Overall we like the new hotel, since the room is tastefully decorated with beautiful floral patterns on the carpet. The room is bright and the furniture is also nicely designed. The bed is more comfortable than others in China, though not so soft as we would like. The only regret is the service. Most of the staff members are very nice. But when we asked for upgrading the room (because we have the Wyndham VIP card) as soon as we found the first one faced a construction site, it took the manager (a young man) almost an hour to make it happen. Though we got a better room finally, the alarm clock in the room ringed at 4:30AM and 7AM, waking us up when we needed sleep. I am not sure if it's part of the poor management, or intended malice---I don't think any hotel guest would set up the alarm clock to such crazy hours.
We enjoy the shopping mall next to the hotel, with theater, restaurants, book store, and Haagen Dazs (where we met wonderful waiters and waitresses, who are warm and kindly answered our questions). The best restaurant we experienced there is the Yi-xin Garden Restaurant (both at the mall and in the hotel), where they serve the famous steamed-chicken soup and rice-noodle soup. Please note that most of the local dishes are hot and spicy. We also like the mushroom fried rice (hot) at Blue Bird (near Green Lake).
The winter here is not so cold, though it can be cold at night. We enjoyed the sunshine during the day. The weather is very nice and dry---so dry that one needs a lot of body lotion. We strolled in the Green Lake Park, appreciated the Tea Flower Exhibit, and marveled at the seagulls flying over the lake. Don't go to the Gardening Expo and waste your money. It was first built in 1999, more than a decade ago, but the tour book doesn't indicate the fact. Most of the park has been closed or sold to restaurants. What a pity! The original plants and designs could have been great for sightseeing and tea-drinking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- *Worldwide well know luxury brand *Downtown center,adjacent to Dianchi Lake and Yunnan Provincial Government Building *Located in the first complex building of business and leisure life-style in Kunming *Commercia Environment(Carrefour,Starbuck Coffee,Cinema,Restaurants,SPA,KTV,Banks and Office Building) *Highest Club Lounge in Town *Express access to Changshui International Aioport *The latest and second largest ball room in Kunming City,with state-of-art AV system ... more less
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