Saturday, 12 March 2011

GuangZhou Hotels

Just made a trip to Guangzhou & HK. This is my 1st overseas trip in 2011. Very tired and exausted. And feeling well when I got back here. It was heaty for me. Drink less water I guess

Anyway, I have been doing research for few weeks about where to stay in Guangzhou. And of course, the 1st priority is convenient, clean & comfortable. I always look into a few website and also reading reviews from TripAdvisor as well. The sites I will go into would be Agoda most of the time, However this I found (is a chinese portal but they english version since m a banana) and the other one would be They are relatively cheap for hotels in China.

After reading Tripadvisors review and some bloggers recommendation, I have chosen Home Inn East of Changshou Lu which is a budget Inn and also for budget travellers. This Inn is frequent by local travellers and I could only find we are the only M'sian .

Location - They are just less than 1km away of Shang Xia Jiu pedestrain street Mall area (walking distance) and 15 mins walk from Metro station (is just a straight walk and you will find it interesting walk cos there's so many things to see n buy along the way. So the 15 mins walk don't feel long at all). The surrounding got food to eat as well even at wee hours.

Don't just walk in to the hotel .Must prebooked cos they get 100% occupancy during the weekend. Many got dissapointed when they walk in as we arrive at the hotel pass midnite. Rack rate is RMB199 and if you become a member of the Home Inn chain @ RMB40, you will get 8% discount .Otherwise you may booked thru Ctrip or @ RMB189 which is cheaper cos I don't have to buy the membership.Prices will also increase should there be an exhibition, expo or convention in Guangzhou. Booking thru Ctrip or elong is still cheaper than hotel price. Both website do have allocation with hotel and give the same rate. So if you can't get Ctrip then try elong

Hard to get taxi to airport at night but can get the hotel to call for taxi.(taxi from airport cost RMB160 inclusive of toll and from Hotel to Airport cost RMB113 inclusive of toll) Hotel offer morning b'fast @ RMB15 from 7 - 9.30am.Nothing to shout about. Room 206 which I stayed was not satisfying cos everything smells of cigarette smoke including bedsheet, comforter as well as the towels. And even I close the window, you smell cigarette smoke coming into the room.(It was Spring, so I thought of opening up the window to allow fresh air) .Some rooms may not have window, but fire safety sake, you must always choose a room with window. But in room 206, the window is blocked by another building, so looks quite useless, isn't it.Can't even escape should there be fire. (I STRONGLY DO NOT RECOMMEND ROOM 206) So you will be inhaling smoke as long as you are in the room. I have used air refreshner but didn't work. And the aircond too smell of cigarette.

And if you stay on 7th floor there's no lift to that floor.It goes up to 6th flr only. Sound insulation poor. Bed is hard (standard for most hotels in China) however is good for our back.The room is generally clean,bed sheets are clean, bathroom are clean too (very important) and there's broadband provided in the room otherwise you may use the pc at the lobby.

Reception aren't big.Best you can speak cantonese or mandarin.English is very minimum.And they are all friendly.

Good thing - they do provide disposable shoes,toothpaste, tooth brush,shower cap,huge water dispenser (hot & cold),free broadband in d room,soap & shampoo ,towels & hand towels

Well , there are many Home Inn chain in Guangzhou, do ensure to choose the right one where you wanna stay. And other Guangzhou hotels that I have also searched Customs Hotel .

And Five Rams City Hotel has a bad review from our Malaysian blogger

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