China hotels are becoming increasingly abundant in number as the country’s tourism industry continues to grow. Many of the hotels are Chinese owned of course, though foreign travelers can also expect to come across plenty of highly recognizable international brands. In major cities such as Shanghai and Beijing especially, international chain hotel brands such as Holiday Inn, Hilton, St. Regis and Sofitel have a presence. Service is often better at the international chain hotels, but travelers certainly shouldn’t overlook Chinese-owned chains, as they are improving on the whole.
Many China hotels are willing to bargain when it comes to their rates, so travelers are encouraged to put their bargaining skills to the test when trying to find a room. The best place to get lodging deals is most often the front desk. Those who prefer booking ahead can always keep an eye out for special lodging packages with discounts. Many of the best China hotels actually offer their own lodging packages, so it is often possible to start right at the source. As for other things to keep in mind when searching for China hotels, the Chinese hotel rating system isn’t exactly the most reliable star-rating system in the world, and any hotel that is approved to welcome foreign guests should have one or more English-speaking staff members.
China Luxury Hotels
Many of the best China luxury hotels are found in Hong Kong, and Macau is fast becoming a major player on the Asian luxury lodging front. Examples of luxury Hong Kong hotels include the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, the Conrad Hong Kong, and the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, which occupies the upper floors of the lofty ICC Building. In Macau, the Altira Macau and the Venetian Macau are among the top accommodation picks.
All of the major metropolitan areas in China are home to luxury hotels. In Shanghai, for example, there are a number of upscale hotel choices, including the Peninsula Hotel Shanghai and the JW Marriott Shanghai. Beijing also weighs in heavily with its luxury lodging selection, and there isn’t a lack of high-class hotels in Chongqing. As for finding China luxury hotels outside of the major cities, that is more difficult on the whole, though there are options. In the historic city of Pingyao, for example, travelers can find comfortable accommodations, and Lijiang hotels such as the Crowne Plaza Lijiang and the Banyan Tree Lijiang attract discerning travelers with their impressive rooms and enticing facilities. Basically, luxury China hotels are popping up in all the popular travel destinations, so travelers often have little trouble finding upscale accommodations wherever they go.
Cheap Hotels in China
The number of cheap hotels in China is healthy. Also, several new chain brand operations are populating the country with wallet-friendly lodgings that cater to both business and leisure travelers. These inexpensive chain brands include 7 Days Inn, Home Inn, and Jinjiang Inn. The internationally known Super 8 hotel brand is also increasing its presence and China and is just one more cheap lodging option.
The China hotels are well-priced on the whole. Even the country’s more luxurious hotels can be surprisingly affordable, especially when they are lowering rates in an attempt to attract customers. Also working in budget-minded travelers’ favor is the fact that many China hotels are willing to bargain. If you don’t want to pay the rack rate, or the maximum rate, you can usually talk the price down at the front desk. It’s not uncommon to end up paying half the rack rate for those who are willing to bargain, and sometimes, hotels will drop the price up to around 70 percent.
Whether you are visiting Beijing, Kunming, Yangshuo, the Tibetan capital of Lhasa or any other number of China destinations, you should have little trouble finding affordable accommodations. There are budget-friendly China hotels all over. Many China vacation packages include lodging deals for those who want some help with their discount lodging search. It is also possible to find good deals on China lodging and China vacations in general when using online travel planning tools. Right here on the Destination360 site there are handy travel planning boxes that appear to the right of the main photos on nearly every page.
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