Phoenix Hotel in Xinhui, a pleasant district of Jiangmen near Guangzhou, was built to resemble a "typical" American 5-star hotel, and hence its category of "practically 5 star" or "ready for 5 star", according to its official website.
Unless you have stayed here before, the lobby will surprise you - most ceilings are covered in what looks like Italian-style frescos. We stayed there around Christmas, and besides Christmas decorations, there were also Christmas songs played in the lobby. Occasionally, it was even possible to hear an openly religious song such as "Ave Maria".
The room was relatively big, with pretty average decor but an excellent shower. It could be cleaner in places - this especially applies to the carpet.
The dinner buffet was rather average, a surprise given the aspirations of the hotel and the excellent culinary traditions of the region. The breakfast buffet was much better.
The hotel has some sports facilities, which are inexpensive to use. We tried the table tennis (and were the only guests to do so at that particular time). Bring an extra CNY 100 as a deposit for bats and balls. There are also tennis courts, a swimming pool and pool tables.
In summary, not a bad option if you are around in this part of the world.
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