I fly frequently to Urumqi for business and I finally got around to trying the Sheraton. I firmly believe it to be the best hotel in town; it was a real treat to stay there. The location is good and the gym is far and away the best hotel gym I’ve seen in Urumqi. The hotel is located on a busy main thoroughfare in a nice shopping area several km north of Renmin Park. There are tons of good restaurants around, including some western ones like Pizza Hut and KFC, just across the street. It is about a 30min drive from the airport.
The hotel lobby is quite inviting, with a central fountain and fish pond with very friendly fish that follow you around. Check-in and check-out were relatively painless and didn’t take anywhere near as long as in most Xinjiang hotels. Hotel staff were generally attentive and friendly, well above average for China.
My room was amazing, fairly big with great views over Urumqi and the Tian Shan mountains. The room was spotlessly clean and well-maintained, and very nicely decorated. The bed was one of the most comfortable in China – not rock hard! There was a nice computer desk with a free internet hookup with average speed broadband. The big LCD TV had loads of English programming. My bathroom was huge – the size of a small bedroom – but that may be because I had a corner room. The bath tub was situated right in front of a picture window with a magical view out over Urumqi. There was no problem with road noise or hall noise and the room smelled fresh, as I think I was on the non-smoking floor. My only complaint is that even though I had the AC cranked to the max, it still was a little warm for me.
The hotel gym was a real treat, by far the best I’ve seen in Urumqi. All the equipment is fairly new, high-quality Technogym gear. There are about a dozen or so cardio machines of all types, all with personal TV screens, and a great range of weight machines. The free weight selection wasn’t too bad either, with a full set of dumbbells and a Smith rack. I had some great workouts here.
I highly recommend this hotel, definitely the best I’ve stayed in Urumqi. I wouldn’t say it’s the best value though, as it is almost double the price of the other top end hotels in town, like the CSA (formerly Kempinsky) and the Huaying International. As much as I’d like to stay here again, I will probably return to some of the cheaper 4-star places in town. But I must say, it was a real treat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sheraton Urumqi is the most premier hotel located in the capital of Xinjiang Region, managed by the famous international Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Hotel offers 398 various choices of guest rooms and suites from 40sqm to 265 sqm. The guest rooms feature well-function bathroom, LCD TVs, high speed internet connection, Rain-forest shower, Ergonomic chair and the famous Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed. You can also enjoy the 3,000 sqm luxurious spa and comprehensive health club. Hotel offers a wide variety of specialty restaurants and comes along with over 1,400 sqm meeting space. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Urumqi
- Urumqi Sheraton