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Shanxi Jinci Hotel
Ranked #35 of 623 Hotels in Taiyuan
Reviewed 27 August 2014

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.

Room Tip: Treat yourself to a suite, after all it is not so expensive if you look for discounts
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We have stayed in a number of 'Chinese' hotels over our year in China so far, this was by far the least welcoming. Granted, it was 11:00pm and I suspect the staff had already worked a long shift but these appeared to be the least tolerant of our limited Chinese and I don't think we saw a single smile. Not the only hotel to do it, but disappointed that despite prior communication requesting adjoining if possible, our children were given a twin room on a different floor and at the opposite end of the building. The location is fantastic in many ways. The grounds are big and superb, well worth a walk around and just the other side of the rear entrance is the stunning Jinci Temple (I preferred its intimate authenticity compared to the imposing but impersonal scale of the Forbidden City). However, it also places it thirty minutes from Taiyuan centre and anywhere else of interest. Taxis are difficult to get and we seemed to spend a lot of our time waiting around. Nothing within walking distance.

Breakfast was reasonable for a Chinese Hotel but not as varied as hoped for.

Carpets were thin and worn, cigarette burns in carpet and furniture, bathrooms were tired and our suite came with a tape deck (really) but nothing as fancy as an iPod dock. We bagged a fantastic bargain through the internet but I would have been very, very disappointed had I paid full price for this. For a hotel that claims '...the highest degree of comfort and convenience', it needs significant investment to bring rooms above the basic standard to which they are currently appointed.

Overall, glad we stayed there and it just about warrants the fourth 'star' in my rating but definitely elsewhere next time we visit Taiyuan.

Room Tip: Keep an eye out for the bargain suites or try for upgrade. The hotel has several buildings throughou...
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

We didn't plan to stay over in Taiyuan during our trip to China. However, due to unavoidable train booking situation, we needed to spend a night there before catching our flight to Xian. After much research, we're glad that we chose Jinci Hotel. We booked 2 rooms and we were upgraded to its suites. The suites were huge and luxurious. Each of the suites has a living room, a powder room (1/2 bath) and very large master bathroom with separate shower and tub compartments. Our son really enjoyed the master bathroom because he could watch TV while soaking in the bathtub -- something that he can't do at home :). The receptionists (all ladies) were nice and helpful (tried to), however, they couldn't speak English well. They needed to call the bellboy (Mr. Zhang Jian Jun) to explain about the upgrades, restaurants, etc. Mr. Zhang also helped us book a taxi to the airport in the morning. We hope the hotel management read our review and gave him a promotion. He deserves it. In general, we're happy with our stay in Jinci Hotel and would recommend it to anyone that goes to Taiyuan.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
1  Thank YorkEL
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Environment is none to second.
big lake give me a break for hot summer,
beyeond which there are also enchanting pavilions and terraces.

the historical Jinci park is not too far.
can easily access and enjoy not only fantastic ancient architecture
but also attractive natual scenery.
Also tasted many local specialties in restaurant.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank ginobobo
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

"Treated like royalty", comparisons to Western hotels, approval of Chinese hotel only and if it compares to Western hotels and has English decoration or serves Danish pastries, lack of appreciation of Chinese culture, delight in finding a Disneyland-like "Chinese park" built last year, complains over anything going less than perfect so that some redneck from Texas does not feel like a "king" (King of the Hill), this is what I get from some of the commentaries, thank God it is becoming a minority as rednecks can't travel that much with the economic disaster their leaders have brought about. They should stay in Texas.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
Thank Maria M
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

to break our trip between Pingyao and Datong, and to explore Jinci Temple at leasure.

A very good solution.When I booked the hotel, I thought here's another small country inn,well, what a surprise.It is a complex and conference compound, consisting of 9 buildings and beautiful gardens.Our room was very spacious,and even though it faced the parking lot, we did not hear any noise at all.The restaurant is immense with wonderful array of Chinese and Western food.
If you want to relax and not to rush your trip, it is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank monvan
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

I visited the Hindi Hotel with a plan to stay there for Christmas; however I received a phone call from trip saying the hotel had been expropriated by reg givernment. Too bad, the room I checked seemed to be modern, in a quiet setting, very nice decorations. I did try the buffet lunch which was nice, and I lingered over it because it was so cold outside.
Only downfall was the double payment to get a taxi.
I am curious to know if the hotel is still operating.

Room Tip: Make sure it is operating
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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Thank sigehaizi
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Additional Information about Shanxi Jinci Hotel

Address: No.669 Jinci Tourism Resort, Jinyuan District, Taiyuan 030025, China
Region: China > Shanxi > Taiyuan
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Taiyuan
#16 Best Value Hotel in Taiyuan
Price Range: £31 - £65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Shanxi Jinci Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 348
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