Wife and I stayed there in July this year for a week. We found the location was pretty central for us as we had to travel to various locations throughout the stay. Taxis were readily available at all times and very cheap by NZ standards. The front of house staff at the door and front desk were efficient and friendly, and most spoke good English which is a godsend. The guys out front were brilliant, getting cabs for us, loading and unloading luggage and generally looking after us getting in and out. Thanks guys.
We treated ourselves this trip to a room on the club floor, 25th for us. The room was huge and really well appointed, great furniture and bed, and Sofitel "order your pillow" as usual. We had free wifi, simple connection and available right through the hotel. Great enormous bathroom and shower but the little screen in the bathroom mirror was sensored and would surprise you by coming on automatically when you went to shave. The wife loved it as she watched the news while doing her make up, so she got to see a lot of the news!
Great views back over Tianhe towards the GZ tower from the room and the club lounge on the 29th floor above us.
The club lounge was well appointed and the staff were very helpful. Great food selection (and wine or cocktails in the evening) water, juices and snacks all day. The evening cocktails were made more special with staff bringing around wee chefs special nibbles creations which were lovely. Thanks to Victoria who hosted us there most nights, very personable and welcoming, and Lawrice and Wendy who looked after us most mornings. I would like to add that all staff we came across in the hotel were great, very professional and helpful. Thanks so much.
One thing we found this trip in Asia (stayed Sofitel or Novotel in Hong Kong) we're the hotel staff and management were readily available and gave great service. Thanks to our hotel managers (the ladies from France (Maree?) and Russia - sorry not sure of names) for taking the time to speak with us and make sure our stay was enjoyable.
We didn't eat in the hotel apart from club lounge a la carte breakfast but the rooftop bar was really nice, great staff there also. Great Singapore sling!
I swam in the pool several times for exercise. It is about 33 meters long and housed inside with nice outside views. The entry is via the spa front desk and they will ask you to use a nylon bathing cap. There is also a very good gym, table tennis, and also yoga available at times.
We didn't' t get to the hotel for several days after our booking due to delayed flights and an unanticipated visa issue and the hotel kindly refunded our missed nights. We had obtained a prepaid no refund rate when booking so we really appreciated the return, it helped cover the alternative costs that had been incurred. Airport taxi about 40 minutes in good traffic for around 120 RMB. Keep a little extra to cover any delays and tolls.
We did receive some packages at times from a contact in Shanghai. We got them all fine but one thing that would help - if the hotel could notify us they had arrived. We were expecting these, wondering where they were and had to ask on each occasion if anything had arrived. Consulting a list we would find they had already been there some time. Apart from that very minor point virtually faultless!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Strategically located in Tianhe, the most dynamic financial and commercial district of Guangzhou, the hotel is less than a kilometre away from city landmark CITIC Square and a five minutes drive from Guangzhou East Railway Station, the transportation hub connecting Guangzhou, Dongguan, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Facilities include 493 spectacular Paris style decor rooms and suites, all overlooking TianHe trendy skyline, 5 innovative bars and restaurants,extensive recreational facilities from SoSpa, SoFit 24-hour fitness centre to an indoor pool enjoying a panoramic view. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich Hotel Guangzhou