We arrived at Jiuzhaigou after dark, following a terrifying 11-hours bus ride from Chengdu, right into a thunderstorm, with no accommodation booked (this was too spontaneous). After we couldn't catch a taxi for a very long time, we entered the hotel and asked them how we can get to the youth hostels area. Instead of answering the question, the receptionist told us that they have a room for 200RMB and that a hostel will cost 160RMB for dorm + 20RMB taxi to there and back to the park on the next morning, so we better stay there (The prices she told us were correct, we verified them at morning).
My friend went with her to see a room and it was ok so we decided to stay. However, after we already paid she said that we do not get the same room but a similar one. When we got up to the room she also told us that they only have hot water from 830pm to 11pm.
The moment she left we found some not-very-small bug on the wall. Then, we also found that water are leaking from the ceiling of our bathroom, so some maintenance guy came and fixed it. After a short while we discovered that the room is freaking cold as the window cannot be completely closed. There was an air conditioner there but no way to turn it on. I asked the same receptionist and she said that it cannot be used, and sent another maintenance girl to turn on our electric sheets (which are common in Sichuan). However, they did not work. I covered the window gap with some duct tape I had with me and we just entered our beds and went to sleep with our thermal cloths on us, to keep warm.
In addition, it seems like the hotel is mainly intended for "day use". They have a price "per hour" in the pricelist, and in room we had some "safe sex" signs and some boxes I didn't touch but I think contained condoms.
The price included breakfast so we went to the dining room at morning. It was a chinese breakfast with all sorts of food we do not eat at morning (well, this is our problem). Dining room was very crowded, with very long lines. We were the only foreigners there which was kind of awkward.
The room itself was ok but not very clean. There was this bug on the wall and the sheets were dirty. Shower was clean. People were smoking in the corridor so there was smell of cigarettes all around and also in the room.
At morning we immediately went to look for another place to stay. It was hard and everyone demanded very high prices, so we came back and asked to stay another night. Fortunately they did not have a room available. We went back to the center and found a nice hostel for the same price (but much better conditions, ask me for details). It did not require a taxi to get from the hostel to the park (as the lady said) if not taking big luggage with you. Only 15 minutes walk. And we had hot water whenever we wanted and a cleaner room.
Also - there was no internet connection in the hotel at all.
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