Previous reviewers had very negative things to say about the Shilin Hotel. Perhaps they only stayed in 1 place on the mountain top and were not able to compare the Shilin to other hotels in the vicinity. We stayed in 3 hotels over 3 nights and this one of the better places（the worst was Hotel Baiyun).
We arrived at 1:30 pm, exhausted and famished, having just hiked the Xihai Grand Canyon in gale-force winds and blowing rain. We didn't expect the room to be ready for us but it was! Although small, our Queen Room for 1040 rmb was bright and really, really clean (unlike the Baiyun, where I had to cajol the cleaning staff into vacuuming the carpet a ‘second’ time, as if there had been a first time). Sheets were snow-white, pillows were nice and soft mattress tops gave us a comfortable night’s rest. There was a water kettle in the room for boiling water. A market in the basement sells water, drinks, snacks and fresh fruit (all expensive, of course).
It’s a smaller hotel, just a few minutes away from the big Beihai Hotel. It was so quiet that we were able to sleep soundly until 4 am, when we rose to view the sunrise at Refreshing Terrace. The Shilin is the closest hotel to this scenic area. On the path up, I noticed a sign for the Qingliang Villas, some luxury properties also operated by the Shilin Hotel. Perhaps I can stay there when I next visit Huangshan.
Free wifi in the rooms with a strong signal (unlike at the Baiyun, where we had to sit in the smoke-filled lobby to get wifi). Good air conditioning too (unlike at, well, you know where).
Front desk employees were efficient and relatively pleasant.
Thanks to TA friend chinaloveland for suggesting the Shilin. And thanks to ctrip for helping us switch our reservation at the very last moment!
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