First off this is a beautiful hotel and I mean beautiful! I was blown away as soon as the taxi pulled up. The room was spacious with an excellent soaking tub and separate glass shower. My king size bed was perfect! The pool area was so relaxing. The entire hotel is a relaxing experience. The wifi in the room was reliable which was refreshing.
The downsides: Well this hotel is very popular for weddings. Which means if you are bothered by loud noises then you probably don't want to stay here on the weekend. I sleep with my ipod on so it didn't bother me. Also I stay out late myself so by time I decided to go to sleep the party was over or winding down.
As mentioned by another reviewer this hotel is not well known. I felt like I was alone in the hotel except for the wedding party. However they didn't stay at the hotel overnight. This can either be a good or bad thing depending on your personality.
For being a luxury hotel Royal Tulip has the WORST food ever. I can't even begin to explain how bad the food is. It's not even decent. Also if there is a wedding you won't be eating anyway because the restaurants will be closed.
The hotel is about 27-30 CNY which is about $5 USD away from the popular locations in Guangzhou. Which means every time I was hungry I had to get in a taxi for 15-20 mins there and back.
Also if you are looking for a hotel with a decent English speaking staff this is NOT the hotel for you. I'm pretty sure if I spoke Chinese I would have had excellent service. There was just a communication break down that confused everything. However the staff tried VERY hard and I appreciate and thank them for their patience.
When I booked this trip I had no idea where I would spend most of my time in Guangzhou. This hotel was a little distant from where I ended up spending my free time. Overall I enjoyed my stay. It's a high quality hotel, and I got to practice my Chinese. It was relaxing getaway after staying in the fast paced city of Hong Kong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal Tulip Carat Guangzhou, managed by Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip, the world's 8th biggest hotel player, is ideally situated right at the foot of the city’s best natural attraction - Baiyun Mountain and adjacent to Lu Hu Lake. It is a tranquillity for both business and leisure travellers. Minutes away from Guangzhou East Railway Station, it can be easily access to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing etc. For all business guests, Pazhou Exhibiton Center and Baiyun Int’l Airport are easily reachable within 20 minutes from the hotel. Royal Tulip Carat, a low-rise building, has a huge and tall lobby with 178 trendy stylish guest rooms, equipped with WIFI internet access to cater for both business and leisure needs. 600-square-meter pillar-free Grand Ballroom plus 5 additional function rooms, offering you a wide range for events from corporate meetings, education seminars or your lifetime wedding. A team of professional and innovative specialists are at your service to help you planning any of your events. Enjoy an exquisite dining experience at our Home Kitchen or the traditional Dragon Phoenix Restaurant. Unwind after a long day with your favourite cocktail at Mirage Bar. After a hectic business day, we highly recommend you to pamper yourself at our Yu Spa where you can enjoy various relaxing massages and revitalizing treatments. You will be delighted with our exceptional range of facilities and services available. Whether you plan a week-end getaway, your next corporate event or a romantic dinner, Royal Tulip Carat Guangzhou which is surrounded by lush vegetation, will allow you to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life without really leaving the city. ... more less
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