We decided to stay in the Holiday Inn, Yalong Bay mainly because of the location. The location is great, it's right on the beach with a great pool and beach swimming area. It also appeared to be good value considering what other hotels in the same bay charges.
The staff were friendly and helpful, though we found it very hard (even though we speak Mandarin fairly) to get them to understand that we needed extra duvets and pillows.
What bothered me the most was the quality of the included breakfast and the cleanliness of the main restaurant. Staying in a Holiday Inn I expected a decent, clean, no frills breakfast. What we got was a restaurant that reeked of stale food and old cooking oil and the food tastes just plain old and not good at all. There was a constant "old curry" smell that hovered over everything. The smell on entering the restaurant was enough to ruin our appetites for the rest of every day. The floor of the restaurant was also extremely dirty and during our one week stay it did not appeared to be cleaned at all. It was slippery with all the grime. I spent the last day in my room with a vicious stomach bug and I am convinced that it relates directly to the poor level of restaurant hygiene and food we expereiences.
The room was fair value for money. It was clean and had a great view of the ocean. The kids had lots of fun in the indoor play area and enjoyed the beautiful pool and beach.
The other strange thing is that if you book online you do not get an option for a "smoke free floor" or even a "no-smoking room". The hotel has two non smoking floors but it is not possible to book a room on these floors online, simply because it appears to be a smoking only hotel.
Would I recommend it? Probably but with a word of caution: if you are concerned about hygiene in a kitchen/restaurant I would think twice to go there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Resort Yalong Bay Sanya is located on the white sand beach of Yalong Bay, Sanya, Hainan Island, featuring crystal clear ocean, blue skies and only a few short steps to the water’s edge.1 hour’s flight from Hong Kong / Guangzhou 3~4 hours’ flight from Beijing / Shanghai3 hours’ drive from Haikou, capital of Hainan Island 50 minutes’ drive from Sanya Phoenix International Airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Yalong Bay Hotel Sanya
- Holiday Inn Sanya
- Sanya Holiday Inn