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Overseas Chinese Friendship Hotel
Ranked #49 of 3,409 Hotels in Guangzhou
Certificate of Excellence
Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Not a Western Hotel”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Very much geared towards the Asian community, adequate rooms which are basic with no English channels on the TV - breakfast was not good for Western tastes however the dining room was decked out with tea displays around the walls. Distinct smell of cigarettes throughout the hotel with Chinese guests always with a cigarette in hand, even the bedrooms smelt of stale smoke.
Staff generally did not speak English however the 2ladies who escorted us to and from the Canton Fair were brilliant and spoke very good English - they were the highlight of my stay always chatting to the guests.
If arriving by train from Hong Kong do not use the reception area by exit for a taxi, they will rip you off therefore walk around the corner and get a metered taxi which should only cost about 15 RMB, the cost to airport is around 130 from hotel.
Personally I would use another hotel geared towards Western standards.e

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

Bit tired but neat and tidy. Location is reasonable being close to metro and many good local eateries. Lots of banks nearby if looking for ATMs. My only criticism is the smoking. Perhaps it's normal in Guangzhou but patrons are allowed to smoke everywhere. After one night, I was unwell for 4 days. It could also been the smog but I constantly smelled cigarettes whilst there.

Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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1 Thank Les C
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Abuja, Nigeria
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2013 via mobile

My 7days stay in the hotel is memorable, it is strategically located close to a metro station, about four different shopping malls, lots of restaurants, electronic market, Kfc, mcdonalds and burger king all just around the corner. It's relatively cheap compare to other hotels of same standard, staffs are friendly even if u don't understand what they are saying the few receptionists that can speaks English are ready to go to any lenght to help you.
Very neat and clean, very spacious bathroom, soft pillows and mattress.
If coming to guandzhou china 100 times overseas Chinese friendship hotel my choice.

Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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4 Thank Eddykappa
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Chennai (Madras), India
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41 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2013

The biggest plus point about this hotel is its location - it is right next to a Metro station and loated in a busy junction. The rooms are clean but quite small and the breakfast is so-so. The staff dont speak too much English. It is a basic budget hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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1 Thank Natsubra
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Singapore
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2013

All the taxi drivers we came across over our one-week stay knew where this hotel was located so you don't have to worry that you can't find the place. The hotel room has everything my husband and I needed: Three elevators, consistently hot shower with adjustable water volume, good air-con, good ventilation (we had a smoking room), excellent and free Wi-fi, soft bed (soft enough as compared to most budget hotels in Guangzhou), no weird smell in the room, 30 mins from the airport only, eateries nearby, Bank of China just around the corner (with 24-hour ATM), 24-hour convenience shops around the corner and the train station was only a street away (just ask the front desk). I also liked that there was enough space to place my toiletries at the sink area. There was even a non-slip flooring and rain-shower head in the shower. Shower space was big enough to fit three average-sized adults. Hair-dryer worked fine. There was no cupboard to hang your clothes but there are a few hanging hooks on the wall next to the bedroom, which worked fine. No luggage stand but that was okay with us, we just put our luggage on the floor. There were clean towels and two bottles of mineral water every day, a small refrigerator and a safe. What was unexpected: we called for Housekeeping twice, and both times, the service staff refused our tips. All in all, we had a great stay and will be back! :)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jakarta
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2013

Staffs of the hotel are very friendly and helpful especially to foreigners who can not speak Chinese. Fast check in time even during the canton fair when there are many guests come and go. The room is spacious, clean and have big bathroom. Very close to the shopping mall, restaurant and Metro station and street food stalls. Very easy to get a taxi. The breakfast just OK, but you can find it outside the hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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2 Thank russan
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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2013

Had a great experience here for the three nights we stayed - five minute walk from the metro station, easy rides to the airport and train station in a clean, safe area. Our days were jam-packed with tourist activities so we were looking for a comfortable, safe, decently-priced, and metro-accessible hotel -- all of which we found here!

The hotel itself is clean, large, and appeared newly renovated. Our room was on the 12th floor - clean room, very comfortable beds, free, reliable, and fast Wifi, complete toiletries, safety deposit box, complementary bottled water, and tea bags. The hotel staff were friendly, accommodating, and spoke English. There were nearby restaurants to take advantage of, as well as many Banks in case you need to exchange money. Overall, we were quite happy here

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Overseas Chinese Friendship Hotel
Address: No.65 Tianhe East Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510620, China
Region: China > Guangdong > Guangzhou
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #49 of 3,409 Hotels in Guangzhou
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Overseas Chinese Friendship Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 154
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