Upon check-in our reservations were in order, BUT the courteous clerk explained that under no circumstances could both my wife and I have a key. She would issue only one key per room and the Great Wall will fall before we will get a second key.
When we went to the room, we realized that, because the hotel has only 2 floors, there is no elevator. Our room was on the second floor, so I dragged our suitcases up the stairs, making as much noise as I could. It was 4 pm and the lights in the hallway were off and it was DARK, so we groped our way along the wall until we found the door that our solitary key would open. The room was clean enough for a 3 star hotel (oops! - this is a 4 star hotel!?!?!?!) but stuffy because the air conditioner was off and the room was closed. The A/C wouldn’t turn on so a call to the helpful staff yielded the information that the electricity to the air conditioners would not be turned on until 6 pm. The electricity to the A/C did come on at 6 pm, but it shut off again at 12:40 AM. This is apparently the hotel’s annoying daily routine.
About the bed: it may be normal for China, but the mattress is as hard as the floor. You will be equally comfortable, or uncomfortable, sleeping on either. The pillows, strangely, were quite soft and comfortable, so Asians might find them not to their liking.
The restaurant seemed to be above average in quality and quantity of available dining choices, but we only had breakfast (twice). It was very popular with the Asians, but lacked a lot for Western tastes.
There is a row of shops adjacent to the hotel, offering food and souvenirs. Prices are quite reasonable because of governmental price controls. We enjoyed several meals at the restaurants and cafes.
On this same row of shops is another hotel, called the Holiday Hotel. My wife chatted up the proprietor, who claimed that air conditioning is available 24 hours per day, while I talked to a man who had stayed at the Holiday Hotel for several days. This patron gave it high marks for cleanliness, quality and service. We got a business card with the contact information and I’m sure that my wife and I will stay there during our next visit to Jiuzhaigou.
Da la impresión que todos los Chinos deciden ir a Jiuzhai Gou en Octubre a ver los colores de Otoño .
En mitad de ninguna parte y a la entrada del parque se concentran 20.000 plazas de hotel , que en estos días están todas ocupadas .
Nosotros que íbamos sin reserva , tuvimos la suerte de que entre el conductor del taxi y un viajero ( amigo) Chino- Americano ,después de varios intentos nos consiguieran una hotel que nos pareció espléndido
Para que os hagáis una idea los precios que , indica la Lonely Planet , estaban multiplicados por 10 y pedían entre 1.000 y 3.000 Yuan y aquí sólo pagamos "350 Yuan"
El hotel estaba bien , limpio con calefacción y con un restaurante en el que entenderse era casi una misión imposible pues nadie hablaba nada de Inglés y todos los menús estaban en perfecto Chino . Menos mal que paseando por las mesas y señalando lo que nos parecía apetecible pudimos comer
Vivirás más tranquilo si llevas la habitación reservada si visitas Jiuzhaigou en temporada alta ( Otoño)
It seems that "all" the Chinese decide to go to Jiuzhai Gou in October to see the colours of autumn.
In the middle of nowhere and in the park entrance 20,000 hotel beds are clocated , which are all occupied during these days.
We were without hotel reservation, but we we were lucky that the taxi driver and a passenger (friend) Chinese-American, after several attempts they got for us a hotel that seemed splendid at that moment
To make you an idea , the prices indicated by the Lonely Planet, were multiplied by 10 and they demanded between 1,000 and 3,000 Yuan per room and here we paid only "350 Yuan"
The hotel was good, clean and heated with a restaurant, where understanding it was almost an impossible mission because nobody spoke any English, and all the menus were in perfect Chinese. Thank goodness that after strolling through the tables and pointing out what looked edible we could eat
Your life will be easier if you have room reservation if you visit Jiuzhaigou in high season (Autumn)
Our room was a lot better than I thought we would get in Jiuzhaigou. Everything was there. When we got in they apologized that we could get warm water for only 40 minutes, but that’s more than enough for two people to take a shower of course. One downside: the hotel restaurant had no heating.
Jiuzhai Paradise Intercontinental Panda Resort(Former Jiuzhai Paradise International Resort & Conference Center):
Luxury resort built in the forest with hot springs/spa located 20km east to Jiuzhaigou National Park, one of the best resort in China.
Excellent service, nice room, lots of amenities, and 10,000 sqm natural hot spring spa center.
Luxury limousine service available provided to VIP: Bentley, BMW, Hummer....
Expensive Index: ******
Sheraton Jiuzhaigou Resort:
1.5km east to Jiuzhaigou National Park, within 20 minutes walking distance.
Managed by Sheraton International , very good service and lots of facilities.
RMB5 for taxi fare to the park.
Hotel closest to Jiuzhaigou National Park:
Heyeying Hotel(Heye Ying Bin Guan):
Built and managed by Jiuzhaigou Tourist Beureau, left to the entrance of the park.
Not too much expectation on their service and amenities but very very convenient for second day's tour, less than 3 minutes walking to the entrance!
Other 3-4 stars/standard hotels:
Jin Long Yu Gang Hotel, Xingyu Guoji Hotel, Qian He Guoji Hotel,Jiugong Hotel,... all located at Zhang Zha Town, 3-6km west to the entrance of Jiuzhaigou National Park.
RMB10-15 for taxi fare to the park and very convenient for the night life,as well as the Tibetan Show at Jiugong Hotel.
Hotel where local Chinese Backpackers used to stay:
Jiu Tong Hotel:
Located by the Jiuzhaigou Bus Station, 1km east to the entrance of Jiuzhaigou National Park.
Not expensive comparing to others and just convenient: Get off and stay.
Lots of hostels on Zhang Zha Town, along Bian Bian Street 1-6km west to the entrance of the park.
Rooms may sold by bed and more chances to communicate with local backpackers and get useful information.
There are 100s of places to stay outside the park.
Staying overnight in the park is officially banned but I found a place that let you stay overnight. I did not spend the night in the park and do not recommend it, but you may want to try. Only cold water and no shower but had a western toilet. Not the best value but you can enjoy being in the part when the crowds have left.
The rooms were 30 RMB / person with 2 people in a room back in 2006.
Repeat, accommodations within the park are officially prohibited. I did not stay overnight in the park. But I did find this place with overnight accommodations. This place may be closed by the officials when you get there.
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You are in the ParK over night!
Probably the best locally run and most oustanding resort hotel in Sichuan. Look out for quirky translations such as 'suffocating' saunas as a result of a direct translation from the Chinese language. The facilities and service are impeccable but one is left wondering why the tiny extra effort to engage a proper translater wasn't made to make everything perfect.
The natural hot spring felt suspiciously 'clean' as if it flows directly from the tap. It's odourless, tasteless and colourless but the view is glorious. P.S. You got to pay 180 yuan entrance fee though.
Oustanding layout and landscaping to blend in with the natural environment.
In Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area there are 120 hotels of various sizes with over 20 thousand beds, including a five-star. Some of them are in Tibetan architectural style.
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