I travel through Kunming quite a bit, often staying for several weeks at a time. Every time, I stay at IC Serviced Apartments, though I much prefer their self-contained studios at SOHO Junyuan on Beijing Road to the larger Shuncheng apartments. The studios are close to downtown (5 minutes by taxi, 15 by bus) without having to be in the midst of the crowds 24/7. There are good restaurants nearby, and a Western-style gym across the street that allows you to buy short-term memberships (if you speak Chinese). There's also a Carrefour (Western-style super store) 2 blocks away.
I've stayed in several of the IC studios on Beijing Road, which are located in a high-rise apartment complex that's only a few years old. They are all equally comfortable, with separate kitchenette, living and sleeping areas. They also all have satellite TVs and wifi. The bathrooms have Western toilets and showers. The kitchenettes can vary; some aren't completely set up for cooking, though they all have refrigerators and bottled water. But given how cheap it is to eat out, the lack of a hot plate or wok is never a problem. Most of the studios also have a washing machine and a laundry line on the balcony. I've always found the cleanliness to be excellent. During my longer stays, they sent the housekeeper to clean and change the linens whenever I asked.
The only downside is that the mattresses are hard. But you find this everywhere but the luxury hotels in China. Chinese people like hard beds; I've had this conversation with many here. My solution is to fold the comforter in half and sleep on top of it; this works quite well.
The published rate for the studios is 178 RMB (approx. $28/night), but this can be negotiated a bit if you're planning a longer stay. This is an excellent price for quite new and modern accommodations in a city this size. Especially since it includes the help of Rick, one of the owners. His English is excellent, he'll meet you at the airport/train/bus station if you need, and is always available for random questions via phone (like where to buy a surge protector or get packaged tea as gifts).
I highly recommend this place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- IC Holiday Shun Cheng is conveniently located in one of the most high end business communities of Shun Cheng in the heart of Kunming with lots of interesting things and activities to explore downstairs and around. Here we provide different types of apartments, rooms and dorms, and lots of extra services to make your stay in Kunming more comfortable and easier. ... more less
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