While a lovely place in its day, this government run hotel is now a decrepit shell. We rented a suite as we needed two beds. The phone and an old hot tub did not work. The carpet was a musty wrinkled mass with cigarette burns. The toilet stank because the staff simply never cleaned it, even between guests. When the original plumbing failed, the hotel knocked holes in the elegant tile, ran some plastic pipes around the wall, and put in a hand shower. To use it, you have to stand on the uneven surface of the old hot tub.
Hot water is available only 7-9 pm. Front desk staff was efficient (but to our experience available only after 7 am and before 10 pm). Housekeeping was as rude as I’ve ever experienced in China, and I grew up here.
Claiming a new “ecological” policy, they do not provide soap – although they will sell it to you for 10 RMB. Wifi is free but sketchy. Breakfast is the one bright spot: a bowl of jo (rice porridge), buns, pickled vegetables, and a hard boiled egg.
The hotel banks on in its location a few hundred yards away from the Jiuzhaiguo National Park, but believe you me, it’s worth a longer walk or taxi ride to stay somewhere else. *Anywhere* else.