Although I had read the reviews on Xing Yu International Grand Hotel ("Xing Yu) prior to booking this hotel, I was still pretty cynical about the quality of this hotel given how Chinese hotels really are. It also didnt help that there was mention that Xing Yu was located a short distance away from the main entrance of Jiuzhaigou scenic area ("Jiuzhaigou").
The bus trip from Chengdu (Xinnanmen bus station) to Jiuzhaigou bus station took us about 9-10hours and cost about RMB141 each. Upon reaching the bus station, you will be wise to get a cab to take you to the hotel. It will be about a 15-20min walk. The cabs in Jiuzhaigou, which we found out a while later, all ran by meters. Do beware of touts who like to quote you RMB 10 when it should cost only RMB 6 for the ride between the bus station and Xingyu.
We were greeted by a friendly bellboy and helpful staff at the reception. They were very patient with our questions about horse-riding, Mounigou Valley, Huanglong and Songpan even though we found ourselves repeating questions.
There are chiefly 2 bellboys at Xingyu. Both of them were very very helpful. They called for a cab for us on the morning we went to Jiuzhaigou. What Xingyu has done is to link-up with two cab drivers who will service the hotel guests. This way guests would not be ripped off by rogue drivers who refuse to go by the meter.
Later on when we decided to scrap our visit to Songpan and head back to Chengdu earlier, one of the bellboys who lives in Chengdu, suggested to us what we could do there, in great detail. Both the bellboys and reception staff helped us to book rooms at a budget hotel under the Xing Yu chain (RMB 120/room/night). Overall my friends and I were extremely impressed with the service provided by the hotel staff. Extra credit goes to the bellboys.
At RMB 300/room/night, my friend told me the rooms had better be good. And they were. The reception had told us that the air-conditioning system would be down throughout our stay. It did not really matter since the weather was not very cold. We experienced lows of about 5-10deg Celsius. Although they said hot water ran 24hours, I think they stop hot water supply between 10am and the afternoon when most guests would be out visiting.
The layout and decor of the rooms were tasteful. Sleep came to us easily. With the additional blanket(s) we asked for and were quickly provided with, the lack of heating at night was not an issue at all. In fact under the three blankets, I kinda sweated a little at night.
We did not really check out the breakfast at the hotel restaurant since we woke up quite late each day. Instead we decided to just survive on some biscuits and cup noodles, in exchange for extra sleep.
If you do not want to eat at the hotel restaurant, the heart of Zhangzha town is just a 5-7min walk away from the hotel. There are several restaurants, of which one of them served Chongqing Mala Hotpot. Since we were there in the semi-peak period, we had the small restaurant to ourselves on both nights. We had a lot of food and ran up a bill of about RMB 220 each time. To get to this restaurant, you must make a left turn off the main road and then a right turn onto a secondary road that runs parallel to the main road. It is the first restaurant on your left.
There are a lot of mini grocery stores and supermarkets located around. The prices are about 10-20% more expensive than that in Chengdu's Carrefour hypermarts but that is to be expected considering how hard it is transporting goods into the mountainous region.
Obviously you can choose to pay about RMB 800/night at Sheraton or RMB 1000+ at Intercontinental (which is located quite a distance away from Jiuzhaigou). But given what Xing Yu has provided in terms of service and comfort, at only a fraction of Sheraton's charges, you could do a lot worse than to go to Xing Yu.
We were definitely wow-ed.
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