We stayed at the Osmanthus Hotel for three nights in September 2012. The location of the hotel is quite convenient, right next to the river walk on the Peach Blossom River. The lobby is big but pretty unassuming. The staff doesn't seem to speak a lot of English and were not overly friendly, nor were they rude. The only request we made of them was for extra pillows, which they handled promptly and without any hassle. The guest rooms, especially overlooking the river, were not spectacular by any stretch, but were just fine. The furnishings were a bit dated and rather worn-looking, but everything was clean. Plenty of hot water in the bathroom shower, and great water pressure. Air conditioning worked just fine. There are refrigerators in the rooms, but no safes. Beds are hard as bricks, which is the standard for China (and which is why the extra pillows). As we were there before the busy season started (and ours was a mid-week stay) there were not many guests in the hotel and so the restaurants either closed very early or had limited menu options, though I understand this changes dramatically in high season. The food was certainly edible -- both Chinese and Western options -- but nothing to write home about. (There is a huge food court with loads of options for dining and entertainment a few kilometers down Zongshan Road -- about 20 minutes walk -- if you don't like your meal choices in the hotel.) There is a medium-sized outdoor pool on the property, which was just below our room's windows. It looked very clean, but we didn't use it (or see anyone else do so) and I have no idea if it was heated or not. There is also a "spa" on property, though we didn't check it out. Overall, this hotel is great if you need an easy and inexpensive (if inelegant) place to stay, and a convenient spot from which to explore all the beauty of Guilin. If you're looking for fancy digs, this isn't your hotel.
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