We were guests of the hotel for 1 night following a Li River cruise. Our goal was to see what was reputed to be a gorgeous part of the country, bamboo raft on the river, and see the much lauded Impression Sanjie Liu show.
Our travel agent's ground agents, located in Guilin, said this was the very best hotel in the area and one that would be suitable for our requisites.
The hotel's location and the property are magnificent. There are views of the river and part of the property is right beside a karst. We particularly liked sitting directly alongside the river at one of the hotel's bars.
We were upgraded to a beautiful corner suite that had a huge master suite with large soaking tub, TV , separate shower and water closet. There is a privacy issue. The bathroom is enclosed by a curtain, so it works only for those in an intimate relationship or travelling with someone who vacates the room while others are using the facilities.
There was also a generous living room with another TV, and powder room. The balcony was off the living room and had the most amazing views of the river. We could have spent hours on that balcony, sipping wine, reading, and watching the rafts go by. We regret that we had only the one night.
There were issues, however. The walls of the powder room in our suite had many stains. We shudder to think what they might be. The hotel admits to turning off the air conditioning at various times throughout the day. There were times when are room was a sauna and unbearably hot. We had the breakfast buffet included in our room rate. It was fine but lacked the variety of other properties we stayed in during our month long visit to China. We also had dinner in the same restaurant. The food was OK. Service was tentative. It could get old pretty quickly if one stayed for more than a couple of days.
Service generally is not the hotel's strong suit. I understand that this is a more rural area and there are staffing challenges, but even the front desk lacked grace. We did not feel particularly welcomed.
This hotel has the potential to be an excellent one, but it does require some significant fixes.
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