The Runming International Hotel was a nice surprise for a small county town in rural Sichuan. I spent 3 nights there on a recent business trip and the experience was very positive. The location of the hotel is excellent, pretty much in the town center and right across the street from the river. There is no shortage of good places to eat and shop right around the hotel, and the tree-lined riverside park across the street is a great place to people watch, walk, or go for a refreshing morning run. The Huili old city is only a few blocks away and makes for interesting exploration, being much more authentic than other old cities such as Dali or Lijiang, though not as lovingly restored either.
The hotel room was very comfortable, fairly modern, clean, bright, and well-maintained. Great views over the town and surrounding hills. It was fairly average in size with all the normal Chinese furnishings. The bed was hard, as is normal in China, and the carpets and wallpaper were in good shape. There was a free internet connection which although wasn’t high speed, wasn’t too bad either. The bathroom was small but very nice, with banded marble tiles used throughout. The shower was good but the water was never quite as hot as I wanted it to be. No English programming on the TV.
The service was reasonable though not exceptional. I don’t think anyone there spoke any English but they all seemed friendly enough. We had to renew our room keys everyday or we’d get locked out of the rooms – a bit of a nuisance but nothing major. Check-in and check-out seemed to go fairly smoothly. One negative point was the karaoke/disco club located on the 3rd floor which pumped out some strong bass in the evening. Fortunately I was on the 10th floor and it wasn’t too bothersome and seemed to die out by around 10pm. I didn’t lose any sleep.
I thought that the free breakfast was pretty bad, even by Chinese breakfast standards. Even my Chinese colleagues thought it was fairly ordinary, not much in the way of choice or taste. Fortunately there were boiled eggs and peanuts. We didn’t eat any other meals in the hotel, preferring to go out to local restaurants instead. Although they advertise having a gym on the 3rd floor, I checked and there was nothing - a bit disappointing.
Overall I thought this hotel was excellent value, only about 250 RMB for a ~3.5 star hotel, good quality and very comfortable. I would definitely recommend this place to other travellers and I will definitely stay here again if I am in the area.
Likes – great location, nice rooms.
Dislikes – poor breakfast, hotel disco, no fitness center.