This hotel comprises of seven stories. It is located within Guilin City Centre. In other words, it is within less than five minutes walk away from the Old Town. However, don't get excited because it has been commercialised with kitsch old looking buildings from the outset but having H&M as a tenant. You get the idea. Ancient items are far in between, and only uses as a token. Anyhow, back to the hotel, the room is spacious (carpet is fairly worn out with splotches everywhere) and that it has a heavy stench of cigarettes (smoking is still rather normal here, sad to say). WiFi signal is very strong and two bottles of water shall be provided daily. Water pressure is weak but still, it is okay. There are a few things that I truly have a gripe with: central ventilation system. On a cold day, it's been tweaked to furnace hot, and the only respite is to open up the window. On a hot day, the fan gives out barely there respite akin to our elderly relatives breathing down on our faces. The little corridor leading to the room has the sensor unit. Whenever you walk in and out from that corridor, the light will go on and off out on its whim and it is very unsettling. The room has a key card system and its reliability is questionable. There's a restaurant on the 1st floor or as Chinese would define it, on the 2nd floor. It's called Macau Restaurant, and there's nothing Macau about it. Morning buffet comprises of Western style, or Eastern style, depending upon which style your tour group or the hotel provides you with. You will be given voucher with different colour coding to go to the right corner. Breakfast is okay (nothing extraordinary), and on a good day, it has excellent view towards the limestone karst hills that Guilin is known for. You can't fault this hotel for its location. Commendable stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Universal Hotel Guilin
- Guilin Universal Hotel