My husband and I along with another couple stayed here for one night. The hotel is about a 15-20 minute walk once you get to the top near the gondola. You'll find most hotels are about $120 US a night on top of the mountain, which is overpriced for Chinese standards. It is worth staying up there one night though because you get the chance to catch a gorgeous sunrise over the granite peaks. The hotel is just a few minute walk to the lookout point.
We had heard stories about bad hotel rooms in this area, but our room was clean. Just be prepared for a hard bed. Our biggest complaint was that you could hear noise from the karaoke lounge and too easily from the room next door. A group had gathered in there to play cards. We had to call the front desk twice to get them to quiet down.
I'd definitely recommend bringing plenty of snacks if you don't eat/like Chinese food. They have a morning Chinese buffet that I remember lasted from 6:30-8:30. We ate dinner (Chinese) at the nearby Beihai Hotel. We thought the lobby of the Shilin looked better and it wasn't as smoky.More
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