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“Excellent location and fantastic view - Highly recommended” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Universal Guilin Hotel
Ranked #17 of 605 Hotels in Guilin
Montrouge, France
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136 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Excellent location and fantastic view - Highly recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

It doesn't look like a top rate hotel from the photos but after having travelled all around China, this hotel has the BEST location! Facing a Li River and just 100m to the night market street where restaurants and shops are plentiful, this is the BEST LOCATED hotel ever. The rooms are quite spacious and we had fantastic view of the river and karst mountain. Breakfast is not so great but it was sufficient. We were very happy with this hotel. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with view on Li River. It is worth it. So peaceful and so authentic.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sao Paulo, SP
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32 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

My 2nd time there. Perfect location for views and going around. Get the river view room for just a bit more.

For the price you pay you could expect an old, rundown hotel, but instead you will find a perfectly nice place without spending too much. Best Value for money. International breakfast is good enough and rooms are clean and cozy.

The view is the best, you get the river just in front plus the picturesque Guilin mountains on the back. Also going around to find some local/international options to eat is very easy.

Room Tip: Just get the river view!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bright, Australia
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259 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2013 via mobile

Stayed hear recently on a tour of China, great views of the Li River if you are lucky enough to get a river view room great watching the traffic from room you will get a good laugh and be amazed at the locals crossing the road. Lovely walk along the river and on the other side are to be had. Nice lightning at night makes it even more enjoyable, standard breakfast like most hotels in China.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Guilin, China
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

This hotel is located by the beautiful Li River, and the downtown of Guilin, only 3 minutes walk from the walk street. if staying at this hotel, you can walk along Li River or around the downtown in the evening. The breakfast is also quite excellent with rich varieties for choose. Most of all, after being upgraded recently, it is of 4-star standard service at a 3-star price.
If you travel to Guilin, Universal will be a good choice.

Room Tip: You can choose a river-view room where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery here. If you are a family...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Paisley
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58 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

This was one of the better hotels on our recent Wendy Wu tour of China First the location is great. You are right on river front and within walking distance of the two pagodas/lakes and also elephant trunk hill. If you want to shop you are very close to the pedestranised area. Like most hotels we encountered the lobby is quite small but there is free wifi and a small bar area where the girls are lovely and obliging Be warned though the red wine is served chilled - not a problem for me but some were taken aback Breakfast on a par with that we had elsewhere and breakfast room is nicely positioned affording a view of the street life and scenery . Rooms were good - above average size and on both occasions we had a good view thanks to position and large windows over the river and the distant scenery. Interestingly there is a window between the bathroom and the bedroom -I've had this experience elsewhere in the world but some found it a bit weird.... (maybe cos they only realised this after they had sat on the loo!!!!)

Room Tip: ask for river view
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ZanyB
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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331 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2013

The Universal's position overlooking the river and backing on to the main shopping area is excellent. There are plenty of eating places within a short walk. The buffet breakfasts give plenty for the western tourists to go at. The staff were both friendly and helpful - particularly the room maid. Room and bathroom both of a good size, clean and with all mod-cons.

Room Tip: Ask for a room over-looking the river otherwise you'll get the local housing blocks as neighbour...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Central Coast NSW
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69 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2013

The hotel itself was okay. Guilin is a nice town and the hotel is in a good position right on the river. Can easily walk from this hotel to the shops and markets nearby. The carpets in this hotel were disgusting and need to be replaced. I was not expecting much on our Wendy Wu tour but at this place I felt the need to have shoes on to walk around the room. The rest of the room was clean and the beds were of course very hard. No problem with cigarette smoke or musty smells etc. The breakfast buffet was pretty good. Wifi in lobby was hit and miss.

Room Tip: ask for clean carpets
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Universal Guilin Hotel
Address: No.1 Jiefang East Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin 541001, China
Region: China > Guangxi > Guilin
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Guilin
#5 Best Value Hotel in Guilin
#12 Luxury Hotel in Guilin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Universal Guilin Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 221
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Also Known As:
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