Submitted on 11-05-2016
We stayed at the Hilton for a week. The hotel is new, beautiful, the rooms an average size, really nice, plenty of storage (drawers, closet, etc.) and a great bathroom. The bed was very comfortable, the room immaculate. Water was provided everyday as well as coffee and tea, of course. The only thing I would change is that the mini-refrigerator is in a cabinet and that produced a lot of heat ‚?? it needs better ventilation. Even the hallways are nice! The grounds are big, full of pools, jacu...
We stayed at the Hilton for a week. The hotel is new, beautiful, the rooms an average size, really nice, plenty of storage (drawers, closet, etc.) and a great bathroom. The bed was very comfortable, the room immaculate. Water was provided everyday as well as coffee and tea, of course. The only thing I would change is that the mini-refrigerator is in a cabinet and that produced a lot of heat ‚?? it needs better ventilation. Even the hallways are nice! The grounds are big, full of pools, jacuzzis and gardens which when mature will be beautiful. The beachfront is nice, clean (in front of the hotel only). The beach is not cared for on either side of the Hilton. What used to be a beautiful resort next door has been abandoned and so as the buildings and grounds crumble, it's a bit of an eyesore. There are also ‚??pods‚?? which are rattan covered sort of beds on the property ‚?? some near the pools and some overlooking the ocean. This was a great place to curl up and read a book comfortably as you are shaded. Towels are provided at the pool. The hotel is quiet, in a quiet area and generally pretty empty unless a convention is in progress (there was a small one while we were there, but it was not a problem). Check-in and check-out was very easy ‚?? no wait, no problems.
There are 3 restaurants ‚?? we ate at 2 of them. We were very fond of NODU where you could get wonderful hand pulled, hand cut noodle dishes. We ate lunch there a lot and got to know some of the staff ‚?? really liked Jane , Jennifer and Edward. Lunch with a noodle main dish and beer was 190 RMB for 2 which is expensive ($30) compared to town which would be half that cost, but still about the price of a comparable US lunch. (Note: The management at the Hilton gives every employee an English name to be easier for westerners ‚?? thoughtful, but odd!) Chili Spice ‚?? went here for dinner a couple of times ‚?? some really good food, some average. The best and most beautiful was the stir fried pumpkin, lily, broccoli in pumpkin sauce. The kung pao chicken, sweet and sour pork, yangzhou fried rice were good, but the Mackeral, although, beautifully presented, was dry and not very tasty. Dinner for 2 was about 400 RMB. We experienced excellent service at both restaurants.
We had all around good experiences with the staff ‚?? I positively haunted the concierge desk and Thomas (usually) was extremely helpful in providing bus routes, making reservations, etc. as was Tary who helped us immensely. Thomas helped us (and it took a long time) to get tickets for and transportation to the Mission Hills Mineral Springs ‚?? which is a MUST DO in the area!
GETTING TO TOWN.
The road to the Hilton from the main southern road to town (Guoxing Avenue) is a major construction zone. The roads are currently completely torn up and much of it is dirt and very bumpy not to mention slow traffic due to construction delays. What used to be a nice road with fields on either side is about to be what looks like a main road with lots of building going on beside the road. There is a northern route to town that is much better BUT, if you don't have a car, it is difficult to get a taxi to come and it will cost about double. However, the Hilton does have a shuttle that runs 4 times a day to 2-3 stops in town which is convenient. It is easy to get a taxi from any of the shuttle stops. Getting back to the Hilton can be a bit difficult. Taxi drivers don't want to go there as there is no hope of a return fare and it is difficult road. It should cost about 25 RMB, but, we found that if you offer them 50 RMB ($6), you can get a taxi. The other option and the one we used most often was the local bus. There are two buses that go all the way to the Hilton (actually about 2 blocks away, but it's an easy walk). The #27 and the #52 (both can be picked up from the bus stop near the Provincial Museum (which, by the way, is great!) on Guoxing Avenue. (If you study the bus route signs at a bus stop, it will soon make sense!) We generally caught the #52 at the Nanya Square bus stop which is conveniently located a few steps from the Carrefour which is a major grocery/shopping store. The Hilton store has very little in terms of products and is expensive. The Carrefour is a great alternative as it the RT Mart (conveniently located near the museum!).
In short, this is a fabulous value for a hotel of this caliber. We would DEFINITELY stay here again although I might wait until the roads are completed!