In China you can find a range of accommodation which compares very favourably to what is available in Europe (actually our Chinese clients are often disappointed by our hotels as they are used to large modern rooms). We will discuss your accommodation requirements with you.
We recommend mostly three, four and five star hotels – depending on your budget and availability in the place you wish to visit.
All rooms have bathrooms en suite with towels and a range of toiletries (there may be exceptions to this in very remote areas). Rooms in 4 & 5 star hotels have heating and air conditioning systems. There are usually tea making facilities in the rooms, bottled water, a minibar, hairdryer (either built-in in the bathroom or in the main bedroom) and safe for your valuables.
Breakfast is usually a buffet with western style options – bread, pastries, eggs, bacon, yogurt, jam, as well as rice porridge, noodles etc if you want to really enter into the Chinese experience. In some out of the way places the interpretation of a western breakfast may be a bit eccentric. Most hotels have a western style coffee shop and/or restaurant, as well as Chinese restaurants and a bar.
Many four and five star hotel have a business centre where you can get on-line and check your e-mails. There are IDD facilities & TV’s in the rooms (some with overseas stations). Many rooms have a broadband connection for your own laptop or via the TV screen.
There are several 4 star hotels in the main cities which we return to again and again as they are well-appointed, well located and good value for money.
We also recommend that you take a card from the hotel reception desk with the name and address of the hotel in both English and Chinese – just in case you need help in finding your way back to your hotel.
Our favoured hotels
Peninsula Hotel just off Wangfujing for 5 star comfort and central location – ideal for individual travellers.
Shangrila Hotel with its high standards of service and facilities between the 3rd and 4th Ring road, ideally located for Beijing University and the Summer Palace.
The Kerry Hotel is also part of the Shangrila Group – it is ideal for business travellers, located in the Central Business District.
Beijing International Hotel (4 star) on the main east west access of JIangguomennei, not too far from the main station & Changan Avenue.
Xi’an – the Westin Hotel close to the Great Wild Goose Pagoda for its ‘museum style’ or the Howard Johnson or Days & Suites for well priced good accommodation.
We fell in love with the pretty Langham Yangtze Boutique Hotel, close to People’s Square and within walking distance of Nanjing Road, while the Langham Xintiandi is edgier and located in the fashionable district after which it has been named. The Fairmont Peace Hotel has been splendidly restored, the jazz band still plays and the hotel has its own little museum. The Bund Riverside is a 4 star hotel, close to the Bund and Suzhou Creek. The Holiday Inn Downtown is also convenient for the railway station and well appointed. We also recommend the Shangrila on Pudong.
Some of our clients have asked us to search out smaller hotels, which are in local style. In Beijing there is the Lu Song Yuan – which is a courtyard style hotel not far from the Forbidden City, there is the Commune at the Great Wall, ideal if you prefer a ‘countryside experience’ – there are opportunities for trekking and riding around here. There is also a new generation of ‘boutique hotels’ in Shanghai. The China Mansion Hotel in the old French concession has 30 rooms, and is an exercise in pure nostalgia, across the road is the Orthodox church and breakfast is taken on the top floor with a delightful terrace. In southwest China near to Lijiang the Banyan Tree group have set a new standard in luxurious accommodation but sympathetically designed to blend with the local environment. There is the Banyan Lijiang itself and the Banyan Ringha – which has a strong Tibetan theme and is located at 3,200m in the western corner of Yunnan Province in ‘Shangrila’
Please also note that if your itinerary is taking you to out of the way places, the quality of hotels may fall below 3 star standard, we will usually be able to make this quite clear before you travel and advise you what level of facilities to expect.