My wife and I Went to Taiyuan intending to seek out the local sites for a day and use it as a base while doing a day trip to Pingyao Ancient City. Our plans changed when we arrived at the Jinci Hotel.
When we arrived nothing seemed extraordinary, in fact the front of the hotel looked a little dated and quite plain. Check-in was very uneventful, which is the way we like it. The reception staff spoke a reasonable amount of broken English, so communication was relatively easy.
We had booked a standard suite (as a treat to our normal Superior room) and were astonished when we got to the room. It was enormous and beautifully furnished, included two full bathrooms, one of which included a TV at the end of the bath-tub, a huge living area and a magnificent bedroom area. The whole thing was open plan and clever use of full height mirrors made the whole area appear as big as a tennis court.
From the hotel description we knew that the hotel was adjacent to Jinci Temple park and scenic spot which was a plus as we wanted to see the temple. What we were unaware of was the hotel had its own grounds, and once we walked around it we realized how quiet and peaceful it was. We immediately loved the place and decided that the trip to Pingyao had to go, instead we luxuriated between the room and the large gardens.
Breakfast was really good for the two nights we stayed, the buffet dinner was both better value and better quality than the a la carte offering in the smaller of two restaurants.
Internet connection was reliable and operated at about 4-500 KB/sec and was free of course, so a tick for the internet.
If, like us, you are planning a fairly long and arduous trip through China, this place is an ideal stop off to recharge the batteries. Next time we would stay a little longer.
The only down-side is that the hotel is about 30 kms from the city of Taiyuan and quite pricey and time consuming if you want to visit the city.
We would absolutely recommend this hotel if you’re looking for peace and tranquility for a few days, and treat yourself to a suite, after all it is not very expensive if you look for a good price. At the time of our visit about USD 100 per night including taxes etc.
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