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Huangshan International Hotel
Ranked #9 of 488 Hotels in Huangshan
Reviewed 20 July 2013

We expected a 5-star hotel and got a decent 3-star. The room and bathroom were not very large, clean but not spotless (e.g. the joints in the bathroom were mostly black, the bathtub white-ish bordering on yellow).
The breakfast buffet is pretty good, but only had chinese food. The coffee is good and they also have hot milk. I wouldn't recommend the hotel's restaurant for other meals though, as it is a little expensive and not that good. The restaurants in the old street nearby are much better.
The hotel offers decent internet in the rooms and wifi in the lobby.
The staff spoke very limited english.
Overall a good hotel for a one-night stay, but don't expect what comes with a western 5-star label.

Room Tip: Make sure your trip to Huangshan includes a plan B for rainy days, we were a little disappointed whe...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

We stayed in this hotel as part of our 2 day/1 night tour package to Huangshan.
The hotel website is beautifully done, and as such, our expectation was a bit high considered also the fact that it was advertised as a 5-stars hotel.
In hindsight, our expectation was just not realistic. Everything about this hotel seems to be okay – Hotel Lobby was nice, room was roomy and comfortable, service was acceptable, and the breakfast was fine – lots of food, but also lots of guests. The amenities and toiletries were of good quality. You could see the investment being put into this hotel. I could image it to be a pretty grant hotel when it first opened its door (not sure when). However, it seems that this hotel has never been able to keep up to its old glory.
The issue with this hotel, in my opinion, is the lack of quality upkeep and maintenance. For a 5-stars hotel, you would expect the place to be clean and tidy. However, the moment you entered the hotel, you will notice that the carpet was a bit worn-out and dirty, the floor wasn’t polish, and you can smell cigarette smoke. Same with the room – we found dead small bugs next to the sink, the carpet was a bit dirty, the bathroom could use more cleaning (think mildew) , and I also saw a few mosquitos resting on the curtains (which I killed with my hands). Again, as I said, these deficiencies that I saw can be attributing to my unrealistic expectations. However, I felt like I should still point it out so my fellow travellers know what to expect. Or better yet, if the hotel management can remedy the situation.
All in all, our 1 night stay is okay. If I were to visit Huangshan again, which I probably will, I may try to stay in a foreign chain hotel.

Room Tip: Avoid visit Huangshan in June - all we see was RAIN! but then, it gives us excues to come back again...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

our firts experience ....good chinese food...the place is peaceful, very dated...but seems to be a good place for conventions...the good thing!! comfortbale beds and in a little cute city call TunXi!!

a must visit!!

Room Tip: get the higher!! floors!! the river view is not ready yet!! and the caterpilars are still working...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

Quite typical large business/conference/tourist hotel. We were here because we had booked a tour which included hotel accommodation. Our guide says it is the best in town. I guess it depends on what you like. We found it impersonal. Breakfast and room were fine, nothing to distinguish them though.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

This is not the hotel we aimed for but the taxi driver dropped us there and it seemed to be too much trouble to pack up and find another hotel in Old Street. It is a very large conference hotel with lots of marble and fancy chandeliers. It is overstaffed with English speakers, who were able to obtain train tickets for us. The free breakfast buffet offers a wide choice of Chinese and Western items. Rooms are spacious and well furnished with robes, slippers, coffee maker and computer.
The worst part of staying in the International Hotel is that it is not within my limited walking distance (considering I'm 80-something) of anything – no restaurants (other than their own), no shopping, no entertainment, no street scene. One must take a taxi everywhere.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2013

Like other commentators on this site, we stayed here because we wanted to visit the Yellow Mountain region. Anhui Province, where the hotel is situated is one of the poorest in China so we were not expecting much. However, the hotel lived up to its star rating and we had a pleasant time there.
Our room was comfortable and had few of the eccentricities that make travelling in China infuriating and delightful in equal measure. Breakfast was very Chinese - you won't find much 'international' food here - but perfectly edible. Be warned, however, that it finishes around 8:30 so no loitering!

Room Tip: Double-check that your room hasn't had a smoker in it previously.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

We stayed here solely due to the fact that we were going on to the Yellow Mountain/Huangshan Mountain. We stayed for one night before the mountain, and two nights afterwards. It is just my guess but, since we were staying for two nights on our second stay that is why we got a much nicer room for those two nights. Unfortunately, we can only remember the second room...the first was so plain jane (but comfortable enough). So, if the room matters to you (and it did, for our two night stay, not for the first), be sure to ask for a nice one. Our large room had a king size bed (extremely firm, Chinese style!!), two work desks, a small fridge in which we chilled the beer we bought in town, a bathtub and a walk in shower, marble throughout the bathroom, two phones, a river view, a dressing area complete with large closet, a safe, lots of toiletries and other amenities, nice sheets, newspaper, TV, some free drinking water....
The hotel staff at the front desk spoke English, so that was very helpful!
The wifi is in the lobby, where a lot of people smoke, so that was a bit of a pain.
The hotel seemed quite clean and nice. No pingpong or other free things to do.
The breakfast buffet was mostly Chinese fare but you could get eggs and I think some other western stuff including coffee. Be adventurous and eat some dumplings! We are adventurous eaters who eat a lot when travelling, and we just loved the buffet.
It was about a 10 minute walk to the old street, probably 15 minutes to the bus station. The old street is quite lovely, especially at night as the second level of the street is restored old style buildings. We ate at Meisha restaurant, which was hard to find and a bit hard to figure out, but really worth it. We were the only westerners there though. You pick your dishes by pointing at the 100 or so plates on display. Fun!
Old Street didn't seem to have many bars on it, and had a lot of vendors and interesting stores, where we bought gifts and a lovely painting of the mountains. We also found the grocery store in the new part of town and stocked up on beer and stuff for later on in our tour. Huangshan City/Tunxi is a nice mix of old street and modern shops.
We also went to Hongcun and Xidi and Shexian on our own, after reading up on these in the lonely planet guide. We took a taxi to the bus station (tip: never forget to agree on the price before taking off in a Chinese taxi!), and then a local bus. Staff at the city bus stations were very helpful, always, to ensure that we got on the right bus. Also, I used my iphone and google translate to input into the iphone simple phrases such as "we need the bus to Hongcun, please" and "we are looking for a restaurant, could you please help?". On reflection, though, it was a tall order to do Hongcun and Xidi in the same day (we didn't get started until after 9 a.m. though.....) The local buses leave when they are full...so you don't know when they are going to head off. And, once you get to the village, we could not figure out where the return bus left from! A taxi at Xidi tried to rip us off (wanted a very large fare to take us directly to Hongcun, whereas the local bus is peanuts), and fortunately we found the bus, and a Chinese couple on their honeymoon who spoke some English, so we worked together with them and got to Hongcun by bus as well; only with their help did we know when and where to catch the last bus back to Tunxi!! It left at 4 (or rather, a few minutes early, from the middle of a parking lot full of buses). So, travel the local buses with care: you will see the "real" China but if you are unlucky and/or don't ask for help and/or poor planners, you may have to pay a taxi a LOT of money to get back to Huangshan/Tunxi!
Perhaps only because we got there in the morning, and so, when things were quiet, Xidi was our favourite, as opposed to Hongcun. It took just a couple of minutes walk from the entrance to get away from almost all of the other tourists; a few minutes more, and there was nobody else! How beautiful the village is. Very rustic. Just like old China used to be everywhere, I guess, or at least, Anhui province (the land of the Good Earth novel by Pearl S Buck). We also ate lunch at a tiny inn mentioned in lonely planet guide but unfortunately forgot to ask "how much?" beforehand, and paid $20 for two for mostly veg. Oh well. When we got to Hongcun around 2, there was a mob of tourists. It was Friday afternoon, and just awful. Often in China, vendors would yell "hello" at us westerners when they saw us coming. This got really irritating. I know they are desperate to sell stuff and make a living, but being yelled at was irritating (and occasionally ,I caught myself hoping it was someone I knew!). I noticed they didn't do this to Asians. So, given the mob in Hongcun and two weeks of being HELLOd-at, I finally snapped and yelled back, then we got into a yelling match with the merchant, to everyone's amusement. Anyway, hundreds and hundreds of people were all walking around at the same time, on the same streets of Hongcun. Perhaps the best way to approach the villages is to stay overnight, as lonely planet recommends, and tour the villages before the buses arrive and after they leave. Lovely old narrow streets and homes, quite special, other than the mob!
On our second day, we set our sights lower and just went to Shexian town (it's more like a small city) by local bus, rather than to two villages, or to a destination that had to be reached via two different buses (as is the case with Xidi and Hongcun). There was even less English spoken than anywhere else, but Shexian has a beautiful old wall and ancient gate. The main street was fascinating as it was full of local people doing their thing on a Saturday, rather than tourists, or hawkers yelling at us. We exchanged a few words with friendly teenagers trying to practice their limited English. Had a fabulous meal at a restaurant opposite the wall. Don't know the name of the place, since the business card they gave me was completely in Chinese! A teenager in a local store helped us find the restaurant: she walked with us for several blocks to show it to us. Now if that isn't the heighten of friendliness and hospitality, what is? Shexian is a nice place to visit a small city which is really authentic. Take a chance, and have an adventure! (bring money and a sense of determination and humour, in case something goes wrong. And oh, always carry a business card from your hotel, in Chinese, so if need be, you can get back).
Back to the hotel staff: they also wrote phrases out for us in Chinese so we could show these to bus staff and other people, for help. Thank goodness for them.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: No 31 Huashan Road Tunxi, Huangshan 245000, China
Region: China > Anhui > Huangshan
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Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #9 of 488 Hotels in Huangshan
Price Range: £16 - £48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Huangshan International Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 356
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