Shangri-La, Guilin

Guilin, China

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Your Stay

Guilin is a relatively small city with a population of about a million and like any other city; it seems crowded and filled with traffic. The beauty of Guilin lies in its countryside, to which Shangri-La proved to be an excellent entry and exit point. Located in the countryside and a bit away (but not disastrously away) from the centre of the town, we found a cocooned luxury in Shangri-La hotel.

 

We Love
  • We were greeted by a women dressed in traditional Miao silver and headdress. The Miao villages are approximately two hours from Guilin and a great place to visit.
  • The swimming pool area is like a little piece of paradise overlooking the river and karst mountains.
  • The location is slightly off the main city but within an easy walk to shopping and restaurants. The views of the surrounding town and mountains are excellent.
     
Need to Know
  • There is a free wifi connection available. You may not be able to access facebook, twitter and youtube in China.
  • There are 449 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. All accommodations provide beautiful views of the Li River or the hotel's lush landscaped gardens.
  • The hotel has three restaurants; including Shang Palace and two bars.
  • Some of sightseeing sites require extensive walking and even modest climbing. Put on sturdy footwear before exploring.
     

The Review

Although Guilin is of limited tourist interest, it is a perfect base to start and end your tour. The Li River is where all the tourists go to take a four-hour cruise downriver to view the beautiful landscape of Karst Limestone Mountains. The Shangri-La hotel, located not far from Guilin was a perfect choice to explore the city and the countryside.
 

Sleep
Our room had excellent sweeping views of the Li River. The difference between the standard and river views wasn’t much but it more than made up for any negatives that one could find in a hotel. I couldn’t wait to wake up in the morning and just look out of my big window to view the grand sweeping view of the Karst Mountains and the Li River flowing silently through it. It’s magical.

The room was large with ample room for a rollaway. The bathroom comprised of a separate tub and shower with plenty of counter space to spread out all my partners various lotions and potions. The king bed was extremely comfortable, but I'm not sure any of this mattered as much as that spectacular view.
 

Eat
The club lounge was where the staff went out of their way to assist and make sure that we were comfortable. There were nice food presentations several times a day and a comprehensive breakfast buffet. I think club lounges are great when travelling with kids. There is ease of access to cold drinks and snacks and it is usually worth the extra money.

We like the U bar that had a wide variety of beers and grill. As we were craving for western food, we ordered a plate of nachos, reuben and a cheeseburger which was real good. But the hotel’s signature restaurant is Shang Palace. Try the Peeking duck here.
 

Relax
Don’t miss the outdoor swimming pool, overlooking the karst scenery. The pool is set in lush tropical gardens, an oasis from the hustle and bustle just beyond. The extra touches include complimentary bottles of water, sunscreen and chilled face towels. In the room, the bookmark left each night at turn down was another nice touch, each with a different passage from Hilton's Lost Horizon.


One More Thing: For those who don’t get the river views don’t fret; the view from the lounge is equally spectacular.
 

Getting There

Guilin is a major hub for transport links with an International airport and two train stations. It is linked with major destinations in China by air. The international airport has direct flights to Hong Kong, Macao and Japan. It is located 30 Kilometres (20 miles) west of the city. Taxis and private cars with drivers are available from the airport for Guilin and Yangshuo. A shuttle bus leaves for the airport every 30 minutes from the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) building on Shanghai Road.

 
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Shangri-La Hote, Guilin


Deluxe Room
Location                 Spread throughout the hotel
View                      City view or landscaped garden
Windows                 Full size windows
Decor                     Designed in a classical, oriental styled ambience
Beds                      King size bed
Occupancy              2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom                Marble bathroom with bathtub, separate shower
Size                       42 sqm / 452 sq ft


Deluxe River Room
Location                 Spread throughout the hotel
View                      Li River and Karst Mountains
Windows                 Full size windows
Decor                     Designed in a classical, oriental styled ambience
Beds                      King size bed
Occupancy              2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom                Marble bathroom with bathtub, separate shower
Size                       42 sqm / 452 sq ft


Executive River Room
Location                   On level 3
View                        Li River and Karst Mountains
Windows                   Full size windows
Decor                       Designed in a classical, oriental styled ambience
Beds                        King size bed
Occupancy                2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom                  Marble bathroom with bathtub, separate shower
Outdoor                    Private terrace
Size                         42 sqm / 452 sq ft


Horizon Premier Room
Location                     On level 3
View                          Li River and Karst Mountains
Windows                     Full size windows
Decor                         Designed in a classical, oriental styled ambience
Room                         Bedroom with living area
Beds                          King size bed
Occupancy                  2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom                    Marble bathroom with bathtub, separate shower
Outdoor                      Private terrace
Complimentary             Horizon Club services
Size                           58 sqm / 624 sq ft


Suites

Executive Suite
View                          Li River and Karst Mountains
Windows                     Full size windows
Decor                         Designed in a classical, oriental styled ambience
Room                         Bedroom with living area
Beds                          King size bed
Occupancy                  2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom                    Marble bathroom with bathtub, separate shower
Outdoor                      Private terrace
Complimentary             Horizon Club services
Size                           84 sqm / 904 sq ft


Speciality Suite
View                          Li River and Karst Mountains
Windows                     Full size windows
Decor                         Designed in a classical, oriental styled ambience
Rooms                        Bedroom, luxurious sitting room, dining area, study and lounge
Beds                          King size bed
Occupancy                  2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom                    Marble bathroom with bathtub, separate shower
Outdoor                      Private terrace
Complimentary             Horizon Club services
Size                           126 sqm / 1,356 sq ft


Horizon Club Benefits

  • Benefits include bespoke holiday and business travel planning, as well as the following selection of amenities and services to match individual needs:
  • Reception services at the airport when you book a hotel limousine transfer
  • Reception at the hotel and private check-in/out with the option of a late check-out until 4pm
  • A dedicated Club Concierge services
  • Hot beverage of your choice delivered with your wake-up call


Lounge Facilities

  • Daily breakfast
  • Evening cocktails and canapés
  • Beverages served all day
  • Wi-Fi and broadband Internet access
  • Wide selection of newspapers and magazines
  • Suit pressing and shoe shine service
  • Use of meeting room facilities for two hours per day

With marvellous views of the Li River, the Presidential Suite offers impeccable levels of luxury, with fine art pieces accentuating elegant design. Each suite contains a spacious and luxurious sitting room, separate dining area and bedroom, study / working area and lounge. The marble-floored bathroom contains plush bathrobes, premium Shangri-La toiletries, a bathtub, and a separate glass-enclosed shower.
Room Size: Average 210 sqm or 2,260 sq ft.
Additional: Horizon Club Lounge privileges


Policies

  • Minimum check-in age is 18 years.
  • Children of 5 years and under are complimentary.
  • Children between 5 and 12 years get a 50% discount.
  • Children of 13 years and above will be charged at full rate.
  • Airport transfer to/from local airport can be arranged by the property at a charge.
  • Internet access to WiFi is complimentary.
  • Smoking rooms are available


Taxes and fees

  • All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
  • Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
  • A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.


Additional Services

  • Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
  • Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.


Check in & Check out

  • Check in:         2:00 PM
  • Check out:      12:00 PM
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
 

Getting There
Guilin is a major hub for transport links with an International airport and two train stations. It is linked with major destinations in China by air. The international airport has direct flights to Hong Kong, Macao and Japan. It is located 30 Kilometres (20 miles) west of the city. Taxis and private cars with drivers are available from the airport for Guilin and Yangshuo. A shuttle bus leaves for the airport every 30 minutes from the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) building on Shanghai Road.
 

When to go
The best time to travel in Guilin is from April-May and Sep to November. During Spring, the mountains are full of color, summers has pine and bamboo to view. Autumn has colourful leaves and chrysanthemum flowers, while winter sometimes has snow on its peaks. July is the hottest with an average temperature of 28.3C (82.9F). Rains here are in May and Jun.

The best time to visit Beijing is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings.

The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.

Avoid the two golden weeks; the Spring Festival in January or February and National Day (01 -07 Oct) when all the people in China seem to move around.
 

Visa and Customs
Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Chinese territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate.