Stopover for one night at the Guang Sha Hotel, Guangzhou, China

First stop on my big adventure for 2013 was to be a new one, a stopover in Guangzhou, China. I will be returning again to Guangzhou on the way home for 2 days so this time is just a one nighter on the way to London. I chose the Gunag Sha Hotel close to the airport and had a most pleasant stay.

 

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I was tempted to use the first night to explore the city and scout it out for next time but for once I used better judgment. I decided instead to get a hotel nice and close to the airport and have a quiet night and make it easy for myself when I had to be checked in by 7.30am for a 9.30am flight.

 

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A colleague of my mothers recommended a few hotels in Guangzhou, though a little more pricey then I’d like, and the Guang Sha Hotel just happened to be on the bottom of the page. I paid approximately $70 (AUD) including taxes for the twin room. I was a little skeptical with the pricing and when I first arrived at the hotel. The foyer was a litter older and very basic and the hallway to my room resembled a hospital.

 

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I was pleasantly surprised with charming décor, very clean and a modern TV. The shower was super hot and fresh and toiletries were provided. I also had a lovely big set of windows with trees outside and what appeared to be a nice view though it was night.

 

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Another nice surprise was buckets of noodles on offer. You did have to purchase them – but this is a beauty of Asia – delicious noodle snacks. I resisted but I was excited.

 

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I think I will give this hotel a 4 out of 5 in my rankings for a budget hotel. Clean, quiet and nicely decorated. There was a comfy bed, all facilities on offer including restaurant and free WIFI in the foyer. The staff were a little sharp and a tad unfriendly – but I am seeing that it’s not actively being rude, it’s more a cultural thing, and that’s just how the service is. They did provide hotel transfers to and from the airport and this was very helpful and the drivers were sweet.

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Most recommended for a stopover if flying China Southern Airlines via Guangzhou.

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