We stayed here for about three nights. The room is reasonably clean but small. The shower room is very small. After each shower, I noticed the water takes a while to drain off. There were also times where there was no hot water. There is a small tap beside the sink in the room where you can get safe drinking water.
Most staff can't speak English, those who can speak little. Some are friendly and helpful. The staff at the restaurant are friendly. Breakfast was ok, mainly Asian fare. I am glad there is a good spread of stir fried vegetables. This would be good for the vegetarians who don't mind Chinese food. If you prefer western food, go eat outside. There are restaurants nearby.
About ten to fifteen minutes walk, you will see Cuihu, a lovely lake. Also within walking distance, you can find the Golden Horse and Jade Rooster Archway.
We tried to book a tour through CITS. Our Mandarin was not great and they became impatient with us, to the point of being rude. We did not use the service of this company.
If you plan to visit Western Hills, you can take bus no 73 near the Golden Horse and Jade Rooster Archway. It costs 2 Yuan for air conditioned bus and 1 yuan for non air conditioned bus. This is about an hour ride. Alight at the last station which is Haigeng Park. At the park you need to pay 70 yuan for a buggy ride to the cable car station. The fee also includes a gondola ride to mid station. The driver will tell you that the fee also includes the ride out from the cable station to a bus stop. That is not true, you don't see any buggies that will take you out to the bus stop. We took a cab out to a bus stop. It costs 15 yuan.
You need to pay another 40 yuan for admission to Longmen and 35 yuan for a chair lift to take you to Longmen. On the way to Longmen, you will see awesome Dianchi. A very beautiful lake. Western Hills is definitely worth a visit.
The night near the hotel comes alive with many street hawkers selling all kinds of stuff. I must forewarn you to be careful. During one of our nights out, some one threw a huge stone at the crowd. One lady was hurt. No one knew who the attacker was since there were so many people around.
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