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The White House Hotel Guilin
Ranked #39 of 657 Hotels in Guilin
Reviewed 2 October 2013

We stayed at The White House Hotel for three nights as part of a China Highlights Independent trip. The location is excellent on the west side of the Banyan Lake in central Guilin. This would have to be my favourite hotel in China mainly because of its unique setting and atmosphere unlike the larger chain type hotels. We loved everything about this impressive boutique hotel that has a relaxed feel yet elegantly and classically decorated with antiques and art works. It is immersed in history, culture and beautiful landscaped gardens along the lake. Our room was large and lovely with a small balcony overlooking the lake. The common areas are also impressive. The service provided by the staff was very professional and friendly. Our thanks to Helen for her helpfulness.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

It is part of Ronghu hotel complex and thus a bit confusing and because rather new even taxi driver struggle. It is by far the most beautiful hotel and its position right at the canal/lake a dream. It takes 120 yuan to get here by taxi from the airport. Any other journey is a bit of a head ache. You may be told it is 100 yuan and like us we started arguing with taxi driver. So he avoided the toll road at the beginning - which was not such a good idea....
The hotel staff are very alert and caring and seem to enjoy what they are doing. We really felt looked after. You can feel that they are not used to non Chinese guests yet, but they work hard. We could not get a English newspaper or get access to English news channel. And they could have changed the music from time to time or have a bigger loop....also it would be good to have some information readily available about what to do around Guilin including Yangzhou. General suggestions, not just tours. There is so much to see which we more or less had to discover by accident. We were tired after some weeks on the move through China and wanted to stay for three days. We stayed a further three - that says it all! - and without us needing to ask they allowed us to use our room well into the afternoon before we flew off to Hongkong.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

Liked everything in there, the view around the hotel & the comfortable room & the old fashion design & furnitures & the service. A little pricy, but never regretted to try . It's a great place to stay in this beautiful city.

Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

If you are going to Guilin and think what a hotel to choose, first the most important thing to decide it's which type of hotel that you want to live. It's may be part of a modern building or an old town with low houses, tall trees and a very pleasant atmosphere. I chose this boutique hotel and have not regretted it. A beautiful old building with history, old photos on the walls , stairs with high steps. I had a lovely room with antique furniture - a table, a dresser, bed, chairs and a coffee table with a huge plate of fruit. The staff here are excellent. They all bend over backwards to give a good service.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

This is one of the most beautiful hotels in Guilin- wonderfully overlooking a lovely lake with stunning restaurant and bar terraces, antiques and an oasis of charm and quiet yet in the middle of the City. You are on the door step of one of the most lovely lakes in Guilin and a early evening stroll around it is a joy. The hotel staff are superb and go the extra mile to help you in every way. The restaurant food is outstanding and the Hainan Chicken Rice is out of this world! Quality like this is very rare and we will definately return!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

The atmosphere is unique: old traditional European style decoration and all those fine vintage furniture impressed me!
Very nice service! The agents were super sweet and courtesy, offered us room change service twice. Very delicious authentic Shanghainese dishes!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

This relaxed and elegant hotel is exactly what we needed after spending four days in chaotic Shanghai. Not only is this 37-room boutique hotel in an ideal location in the center of Guilin, it provides a unique alternative to the large hotels (Sheraton, Bravo, etc.), where tourists in this city are usually found. The building is the former residence of a famous Chinese general in the 1930s, and the hotel exudes that old, elegant by-gone era of Chinese history. The common areas and rooms are immaculately decorated and full of interesting antiques and photographs. I had a great time exploring the museum-like areas of this absolutely beautiful hotel.

My family had a suite and a king room. Both were amazingly beautiful and included all the modern amenities you would expect from a 5-star hotel.

The staff, especially Helen, were very attentive and simply couldn't do enough for us. I had never experienced this level of personal attention by a hotel staff. We were so glad we chose this hotel over the large chain hotels. In my opinion, there is no better option in Guilin.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Yuki H, Front Office Manager at The White House Hotel Guilin, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2013

Dear our valuable guests,
Thank you so much for your choosing our hotel. The hotel is located near the Rong Lake,also it's convenience to walk to the shopping center or to local dishes. The lobby and gallery are decorated by our owner's boutiques which are collected from overseas,also including some old pictures in last 1930's of Guilin. It's valueable to see the history. There is a private gazibo on the third floor,it's the best place to take the pictures for the lake,expecially in the night. We are looking forward to see you in next time.

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Additional Information about The White House Hotel Guilin

Address: Building 4, No.16 Rong Hu North Road, Guilin 541001, China
Region: China > Guangxi > Guilin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 657 Hotels in Guilin
Price Range: £96 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The White House Hotel Guilin 5*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The White House hotel,Guilin is located at Banyan tree(Rong)Lake side where entitled as national AAAA scenic spot. It is located the very downtown area in Guilin 500 meters away from Zhong shan Middle road. Whole building blood into the water-shore between with municipal house, its west and east wing 4 stores high half concealed into greens the rest of all close to Lake Surface, furthermore take a deep survey from the terrace the hills stone made are rush into your eyes everywhere. It is the original residency for General Bai ChongXi who once upon time was the Defense Minister of China before 1949 rich in legend story as well. Now we renovated this house through great designer’s blue printing put into real, hope publics treat the mansion not only a guest house also a historical museum, because we collected many old style furniture and instruments such as phonograph/1859’s piano/cabinets.Our rooms’ equipped with 3.8 meters ceiling high and Jacuzzi bathtub for couple size, fully mixed with greens or lake shore, all are spacious and airy no less than 40㎡ most them are 60 above. The decoration style may let clients understand what “time machine” makes positive effects are truly occurred. We mansion also offer western restaurant and Chinese restaurant as well, all unique design and best location compare with other places. ... more   less 
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