- Reviews: 1409
Legend Hotel (Feitian Binguan): Legend Hotel (Feitian Binguan)
I am no great fan of Chinese 4 star hotels. They are always overpriced and offer poor value for money. However, in the space of one week, I stayed in two 4 star hotels that really do "match the stars". The Legend Hotel in Lanzhou is one of them (the other is the Dunhuang Binguan).
The rooms are spacious and high floors (at the front) have a good view over the rooftops of Lanzhou (no great view, admittedly, but if the sun is shining and the sky is clear it is is impressive). The beds are hard (as is common in China) but comfortable, and it all felt quite classy.
The reception staff are helpful and several speak good English, however the Western restaurant lets the place down a bit. While I was staying they were refurbishing the kitchen, so enabling them to say "It will take an hour to prepare your meal because the kitchen has moved up from the ground floor to the third floor".
My reply of "It takes 30 seconds to go from the third to the ground floor....what's the reason for the rest of the hour's delay?" was totally lost on them.
The hotel has a good, but small coffee shop on the ground floor. However, because of the huge (seriously huge) armchairs, there are only about three tables meaning it fills up quickly. It's not open for breakfast though, opening at 12.30pm on weekdays and 10am a the weekend.
- Reviews: 1409
Lanzhou Hotel (Lanzhou Binguan): Lanzhou Hotel (Lanzhou Binguan)
The Lanzhou Binguan has been upgraded to a 4 star hotel, although rooms are still of the 3 star level in the older wings to the side.
I haven't stayed here but have eaten several times at the restaurant which is very good.
- Reviews: 2924
Not easy to find a hostel or...
Not easy to find a hostel or hostel to stay, forget about guesthouses. The hotel we stay cost RMB90.00 for 3 persons with shared bathroom.
Picture at left is a Lanzhou Muslim Mosque not an accommodation. Unbelievable, it was built with local Chinese architectural skills but it is a Mosque. If you are in Lanzhou, take on No.38 bus, pay RMB1 and you can be there just a few minutes to see this Mosque.
- Reviews: 40
Since Gansu is cold and dry,...
Since Gansu is cold and dry, hotel should be the best choice. After one-day-trip you'd better find a comfortable plact to have a rest, so I suggest you chose a hotel. I think the three-star-hotel is enough.
- Reviews: 3730
my moving hotel China North-Western Railway Express, cheap and reasonable. You pay for the transportation and accomodation.
- Reviews: 8
Sunshine Plaza: Lanzhou's Five Star Hotel
I would stay the whole hotel seems quite gloomy to me even though the neon lightings was so bright outside.
The room that I got was quite big with space for a corner for you to sit and relax. They have also quite generously provided us with magazines. Another plus point is that the broadband access in the room is free so I can logon to the net any time.
One thing to mentioned is that majority of the toiletries are chargable. So do take note.
Overall, this hotel is still fine if you are not too picky about the atmosphere.
- Reviews: 1409
Xilan Hotel, Lanzhou: Xilan Hotel, Lanzhou
This is the typicval run-of-the-mill Chinese 4 star hotels that is overpriced, overstaffed, overheated, dimly lit, and the staff know absolutely nothing about anything in the locality...and you get all this for RMB480 per night!
The room was just grubby, aping Western hotels, but missing the mark. The room card, when removed from its 'jack' in the room, instantly plunges the room into total darkness with no 'grace period' to get your bags or coat.
The wallpaper was peeling. The bathroom tiles were loose and cracked. The shower control was totally and utterly random to the point of being extremely dangerous: it switched from icy cold to scalding hot without warning. This could cause serious injuries.
The lift doors slam shut and the safety strip doesnt always seem to work - again dangerous. The fire doors were never closed during the entire night.
The 30th floor revolving restaurant ("Circumgyrate Restaurant - The Only One!") was laughable: the poor design means that all you see at night is the ceiling lights and ceiling refelcted in the glass. The menu was poor, and they couldn't provide ANY cold beer.
The food was overcooked and lukewarm.
The staff, including kitchen staff, gathered to watch me eat at close range (eleven of them at one point) and chat quite loudly about me. It was discomforting.
Great view from the 30th floor if:
a) Lanzhou wasn't one of the most polluted cities on the planet.
b) the design meant that you could see out of the window at night, and
c) the revolving mechanism didn't make you seasick (I had visions of the whole restaurant unnscrewing off the top of the hotel!)
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