The old European style is cool and Shamian island is an interesting and (relatively) peaceful place to stay. But just a 10 minute walk across the canal and the freeway you are in the bustling city. With both old Chinese market streets and brand new western style mall. The subway stop is also there.
the staff was friendly and capable. They had decent English language skills. The room was elegant and comfortable. The bathroom is an entirely western style even with a tub.
the western style restaurant has a wonderful breakfast buffet brunch at reasonable price. However the restaurant is useless for dinner. The menu has 50 choices of which they only serve three. We were unable to unravel the mystery of why they even print the menu.
Whilst I will always stay here for the location, being right in the heart of the jewellery wholesale area, I would not recommend it for any other reason. I asked for a fridge in my room which never arrived. The wifi internet is only in the lobby and was a poor connection. You could not buy even a lemonade or snack in the hotel. There was no restaurant, however, you could order take away which was delivered to your room. There was always an english speaking person at reception. They had limited English but we could communicate ok.
The beds are typical Chinese style, being like a block of wood with a one inch piece of foam. They are horrid to try and sleep on. The third time I requested another doona I received it. I then folded this in half to give me some degree of softness to the bed. Bed comfort, I think this is the most important factor in choosing your hotel. My most comfortable and best nights sleep was in the plane coming home!
The street food is available all around with a good restaurant just down the road, a 2 minute walk.
As I said in the title, if you are shopping for Jade, silver or beads, then this is the hotel can not be overlooked for location.
Sue from Australia
Yucheng Hotel is a 4 star business hotel locates in the ancient city center of Changshu, which is near by Fengjing River …More
Directions to hotel - Exit Zhongshanba Station Exit A and walk straight along the road towards the Inner Ring Road Highway. Don't go up the pedestrian bridge but cross the main road below the bridge. Straightaway turn left after you cross and walk all the way straight for abt 5 min. There are a couple of signs indicating the hotel is just up ahead, if you can spot them.
I booked the hotel only hours before I arrived and it appears that my booking confirmation have not reached them yet. Rather than leave me to my own devices, the hotel staff called the site to clarify matters and eventually gave me a room after that. They were professional and cordial in their service. And it's not just the concierge, the cleaning ladies are polite and smiley too!
The colors of the hotel is bright and inviting, a color scheme I don't find in many budget ensembles. The room I was in is also large and spacious. Wifi is stable too. TV was shot, but that's a small price to pay esp since I was already paying so little. My only grouse is that there is no staircase, and only one elevator :/
I should probably mention that there was a small blackout while I was staying there. However, it only lasted less than 5min before electricity resumed. The whole area was pretty quiet and peaceful. You gotta walk about 10min to reach the liwan garden across the road, while 20min would bring you to Zhong Shan Ba train station (red line) - you can get to pretty much anywhere from there
Located on the northeast bank of the Pearl River, Liwan district is known throughout China as a center of Cantonese culture. Popular cultural attractions of Guangzhou are found here. Shamian Island features buildings from the late Qing dynasty. The Chen Clan Academy showcases traditional Chinese architecture and houses the Guangdong Folk Art Museum.
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