After reading the recent reviews, I was unsure of what to expect.
My findings.....good experience overall.
The taxi driver at airport attempted to ask for flat rate that was triple the actual meter, and I had to ask him to reset the meter which was running when I entered the taxi.
I wonder why the hotel does not offer shuttle service as it is quite a fast drive?
Location is near the airport and "mountain view" is unfair in my opinion, as the biggest view is the construction site and then the airport.
Plane noise was a problem on this site of building.
On the plus side the ocean and pool view is really great and there is virtually no plane noise. Due to my poor planning I had rooms on each side at different days.
Staff at check in was nice and cordial when my room was not ready due to my early arrival time.
My upgraded room was very nice size and well done design and function. Great bathroom and flat screen TV with plenty of channels in Chinese, English and Russian. Internet (wired) is included and this always makes my stay more satisfactory. I was impressed with offer to supply long cord to reach bed or balcony.
Pool area and beach are quite nice. Plenty of lounge chairs. I really enjoyed the pool and beach of this hotel.
As noted by others, the beach is directly across a public road. I think this is ok as it takes only about 2 minutes to get to the sand.
There is a hotel Beach Bar there, but only open from 4PM, and it did not seem to really open then most days.
I tried room service. The hard part was ordering by phone as the staff struggled with my order and questions. They staff tried 3-4 people before we had any success. My burger and fruit plate took 55 minutes. Faster to go to McDonald's I think.
Another time, they forgot to ask me my room number , so I had to call them back so they could deliver the food. But they were very nice when they brought food to room.
Housekeeping staff were efficient and friendly and possibly spoke better English than the room service people on the phone.
The hotel offers limited schedule free shuttle to other places in Sanya, which is good as this location while self contained has little to do around it.
Check out was typically slow as it often is in China.
I ended up missing my flight because the hotel was unable to get a taxi to come to the hotel. Apparently this is a common problem. The drivers do not seem to like this short trip.
Great pool and beach area.
Mostly nice staff.
Room was comfortable and updated
Decent space for meetings if you have business.
Construction noise from lobby was heard on all floors during the day at times
General upkeep was showing signs of wear. Bathroom silicone, cracks in wall in my room and noticeable water damage in lobby ceiling. but honestly, this is easy fixes. I had to move the couch in both my rooms and was disappointed at the condition of the wall behind the couch (room 435 and 414)
Notice in room to keep balcony doors closed for mosquitos. Screens would solve this and make the room very comfortable.
Room noise on "mountain view" side from traffic and airport.
Lack of hotel shuttle for airport and difficult taxi conditions.
Summary - I would stay here again. I loved the outdoor aspects of the hotel. I would plan better to ensure solution for airport too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Sanya Bay Resort - The Pearl of Sanya Bay, situated on the scenic Sanya Bay. It overlooks beautiful Sanya Bay sandy beach, East Island and West Island. The Resort is 15 minutes away from the famous The End of the Earth, Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Zone, Sanya Phoenix International Airport and the downtown. 226 tastefully decorated guest rooms and suites with wide balconies overlooking spectacular sea & mountain views. The Executive Club Floor features 35 guest rooms & suites and an elaborate Club Lounge, which provides coffee, tea and evening cocktails. You can enjoy a hot spring shower in the room.Every restaurant offers a choice of indoor and outdoor seating. The Marina CafÃ©, an oriental bistro restaurant & cafÃ©, features global favourites with specially designed set menu and lavish authentic buffet spread to suit local taste and international travellers. Guest can enjoy exquisite Cantonese cuisine, as well as local popularities of Hainan Province in the Southern Hill Chinese Restaurant.A place overlooking the distinctive swimming pools and spectacular panoramic ocean view of Sanya Bay, the Harbour Lounge features snacks, pastries, coffee, teas and cocktails.Holiday Inn Sanya Bay Resort offers a very relaxing environment that features comprehensive recreational facilities. Hot spring massage gives you a wonderful experience. Only at the Holiday Inn do we provide a festive Philipine band for your dinning enjoyment! 'a colorful trio of guitars'. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Sanya Bay Hotel Sanya
- Sanya Holiday Inn