When deciding on where to stay in Guilin, the options are seemingly endless. From luxurious, 5-Star hotels to fun, inexpensive hostels and everything in between, there is literally something for every traveler’s budget. Focus on the amount of money you can spend a night, your ideal location and absolute necessities that the accommodation must offer. From there you can pinpoint the perfect hotel that’s the best of all three points. Here are just a handful of recommended places to stay. We believe that any of these will make for a great vacation in Guilin.
Star Rate Hotels
If your travels usually include staying in some of the best hotels around the world, you will be perfectly suited in one of these three star-rated hotels.
Guilin Sheraton Hotel
The Guilin Sheraton Hotel offers guest everything that they have come to expect from the chain’s established 5-Star hotels throughout the world. Front desk and reception personnel are friendly and efficient and recently renovated rooms are spacious, clean and quiet. Amenities at the Sheraton include a business center, swimming pool, fitness and recreation centers, a karaoke room, top-notch room service, and golf outing options to several local courses. The hotel is located in the heart of the beautiful city and right upon the peaceful Li River. It is home to four different restaurants that specialize in local and western cuisine. The Guilin Sheraton Hotel is within walking distance to many of the main downtown attractions, such as the colorful night market and the Seven Star Caves.
Guilin Shangri-la Hotel
Shangri-La is a brand new luxury hotel that has made a name for itself quickly in Guilin. The hotel claims to be the only true international standard 5-Star resort. Located 10 minutes outside of the hustle and bustle of the touristy areas, this hotel should be your top choice if you are looking for some place quiet but remarkable. Guests can take advantage of the relaxing location by utilizing the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities. The surrounding landscape offers breathtaking views of the Li River, and popular tourist attractions such as the Diecai Hill, Elephant Trunk Hill and the Seven Star Scenic Area are all within a short drive. The Shangri-La’s Grand Ballroom and high capacity facilities are perfect for conferences and exhibitions. The Li Café, one of the many dining options at the hotel, features live cooking showcases for patrons to enjoy.
Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
By far the swankiest place to stay in town, the Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel is located in the heart of Guilin and features the world’s largest man-made, indoor waterfall. Grand in size and big on luxury, this 5-Star hotel is located just walking distance from the Lijang River, Shanhu Lake, Elephant Trunk Hill, and Guilin’s main square and key shopping areas. With over 600 rooms, an indoor swimming pool, an exclusive VIP health club complete with saunas and massage options, this place will be an extra sumptuous treat during your Guilin adventure. Being locally and internationally known, the Lijiang Waterfall Hotel is a popular place for Chinese dignitaries when staying overnight in Guilin.
Don’t want to spend a fortune for room and board when you know you’ll be out of the hotel most of the day seeing the sights? Then here are the best mid-range hotels we proudly recommend.
Guilin Bravo Hotel
While staying at the Guilin Bravo Hotel might be less expensive than other choices in town, the hotel isn’t your typical budget rent-a-room. With air-conditioned rooms equipped with satellite TV, in-house movies, mini-bar, refrigerator and high-speed Internet capabilities, you get a great deal of comfort for the price. Formally the Holiday Inn Guilin, the lake view facilities here are perfect for the causal tourist or traveling businessman. Located in the city center, Guilin Bravo is within a 10 minute walk from all the major sights and shopping centers in town. The hotel is home to two well-known and loved restaurants. The Lijiang Restaurant and the Seven Star Restaurant feature local and surrounding provincial specialties.
Jing Guan Ming Lou Holiday Inn
This newly opened hotel is situated on the scenic southern bank of the Ronghu Lake. The warm and richly decorated lobby and rooms makes the hotel feel more much more luxurious than the price dictates it should be. Lakeview rooms, as well as multiple suites, are available and an included Chinese and Western breakfast greets you each morning. The Jung Guan Ming Lou Holiday Inn is only 2 kilometers from the Guilin train station and offers free parking and Internet. The hotel is also just a stone’s throw from the Middle Zhongshan Road’s nightly street market and the famous Guilin Department Store. With perfect location, friendly staff and quiet, comfortable rooms, this hotel is a great value! Past visitors of the hotel have nothing but great things to say about this well-priced accommodation.
For a fun and exciting stay in Guilin, hostels are a great, very affordable alternative to hotels.
Back Street Youth Hostel
A highly recommended and established hostel, the Back Street Youth Hostel was recently renovated and is conveniently located in the center of the Guilin city. The atmosphere here is always fun and lively. Its proximity to popular cafés, restaurants, bars, and hopping nightclubs make it a favorite among backpackers and smart, thrifty tourists. The staff is fluent in English and goes out of their way to make sure you are enjoying your time in Guilin. The hostel comes equipped with plentiful hot water, laundry facilities, storage room rentals, a common area, bicycle rentals and transportation service options. Both shared dorm-like rooms and private facilities are available.
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