--- Rooms ---
The rooms are small and the bathroom is only okay, with the shower flooding the room a bit. Electric heating / aircon about which we had the impression that it didn't really heat the room but just generate noise. However, everything was clean and consistent with the charming courtyard atmosphere of the hotel.
There is in-room WiFi, though you have to ask for a password at the reception.
Needless to say that the beds are hard, as this is the default in China. Personally, I slept very well.
--- Staff ---
The reception staff is friendly and trying to do their best to be at your service. Their English can be basic, though they do their best to help you nonetheless. We had an issue with the toilet in our room and managed to explain it to them, it was fixed within a couple of hours.
--- Restaurant ---
The breakfast is just average, both concerning the Chinese and the Western options. For dinner, there are better and less expensive options in town. Though if you are feeling lazy, it is also fine to dine in the hotel restaurant, the food is good enough.
--- Atmosphere ---
The charming courtyard atmosphere makes your stay in the already very beautiful city of Ping Yao feel even more authentic. If you are into a calm and relaxing time warp, than the peaceful courtyard with Chinese music and faux-antique furniture should be your cup of tea. We came from Beijing and the atmosphere created by this hotel was the sea of tranquillity that helped us relax from the previous big city excitement.
A minus point though for the portrait of Stalin hanging in the hotel lobby, next to Lenin, Marx and Engels. Reverence for communist figures may still exist in China and does not generally bother me, but Stalin killed millions of people, which was even acknowledged by the communist leadership of the USSR after his death. These days, he clearly shouldn't be portrayed in a romanticised way any more!
--- Location ---
Traditional Ping Yao is a really small town and as any hotel within the city walls, this hotel is really close to all the attractions. So it's well located!
Overall I can recommend this hotel, if small rooms and average breakfast don't bother you. I would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pingyao Hongshanyi hotle have many different kinds of rooms,70 luxurious quest-rooms,including family suits,business big bed,deluxe suite etc,for 150 people living and have a meeting at the same time.The JinZhong local food culture in addition,the characteristics dishes and variety pasta attracted many famous people from home and abroad to teste it.As time goes on, Our hotel inherited the latter historical context making the city tourism card. Based on hundred years of post culture,with unique style,top grade service, features dihes and approachable price attracts lot of guests at home and abroad:Former international Olympic committee president Jacques Rogge,the father of the Euro Robert Mundell,Taiwan KMT honerary chairman Lian Zhan,The famous actor Zhangguoli,Duyuan,The famous singer Guolanying,Yanweiwen,Liyugang,Hou Hwo’s Family Hwozhengting,Hwoqigan.Olympic champion Guojinjin.The space hero Zhaizhigang,Liuboming.Jinhaipen etc,all these politicians starts had been staying at our hotle. ... more less
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