The location of the Hotel is absolutely incredible... from the terrace on the 4th floor (building 5), you have an amazing view on the main attraction of Luoyang: the Longmen grottoes. And the Hotel is in walking distance from the grottoes as well as one of the nature parks in the area and a temple.
If you plan to use your stay in Luoyang mainly to examine the ancient site of Longmen grottoes then this Hotel will be hard to beat. However if you want to explore the area and stay for a few days, then this Hotel is remote (it will take you a good half an hour to get to the old town or 45 minutes to the white horse temple - that is if you can get a taxi to come up to the Hotel, due to its proximity to the grottoes, often the road is blocked and you have to get quite far down the road to find a taxi).
When it comes to the rest: the view and proximity to the Longmen grottoes is the only 5 star aspect about this Hotel. The rooms are ok but the bathroom is very small, the rooms look outdated, no safe in the room and the mini-bar was empty (despite a price list, redundant information). On day 1 we entered the breakfast room at 9:15 am (breakfast is served until 9:30) which turned out to be a big mistake: apparently the staff wants to leave at 9:30 instead of stopping service at that time. The buffet was almost empty and the staff was busy cleaning up. Day 2 was much better but we got there at 7:30am.
We were most disappointed though with how little of help the staff was in case of questions relating to anything else than the grottoes: the staff was not able to tell us how to get to Shaolin temple (the other main attraction of the area) or what to do there, to get us a taxi to come to the Hotel, to pick us up from down the hill after a visit to the grottoes despite earlier assurances or to inform us of reasonable prices of taxi rides to town or other attractions.
Luoyang and Shaolin have a lot to offer: the grottoes, shaolin temple, white horse temple, old town, mudan flowers if you come in the right season etc. Just be careful with taxi drivers and ask them to use the meter or agree on a price upfront to avoid unpleasant surprises.
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