Like the previous reviewer, we decided to make the extra effort to access Huangshan via the less-crowded northern entrance and use the Taiping cable car. From Tunxi airport, it's a 90-minute drive which we organized through John_Tunxi. His driver met us at the airport with a big sign and a very comfortable vehicle.
By Huangshan standards, the Xuan Yuan Hotel is enormous and luxurious. It's a convention hotel with 270+ rooms and suites, swimming pool, gym and other services. Our spacious room was clean and comfortable, with a nice rain shower, potable water tap, hot water kettle, free Wifi, English TV channels and free bikes for 2 hrs.
The beds were very comfortable and sheets were clean and white. For approximately US$80, our room rate included buffet breakfast.
We didn't bother to explore outside the hotel and had dinner in the hotel restaurant. Food was good and moderately priced. 18 rmb for 8 pieces of hairy tofu, dinner for 4 people would have been roughly 300 rmb.
The front desk did not seem to be that experienced in arranging transfers to the Taiping cable car. Perhaps most visitors arrive in their own vehicles? After a short 'group discussion', I was told that a hotel representative would call me later. A taxi was pre-booked for 100 rmb. I had the gnawing feeling that it might have been cheaper for me to hail a taxi myself but not knowing the city at all, I had no idea if taxis would be easy to find. In the end, I was happy with the decision to pay 100 rmb for the 30-min ride along the winding mountain road. The driver kindly made sure that we had our cable car tickets and were set for the ascent before he departed.
This hotel turned out to be the nicest hotel we would stay in during our 3 nights in Huangshan. As we went uphill, the value-for-money of the hotels went quickly downhill. :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Huangshan Xuanyuan International Hotel is the closest 5 star-rated hotel of Huangshan Scenic Area!All the guest rooms have complementary breakfast, free internet access, parking, Inner swimming pool,gymnasium room. Superior room,45 SQM, has independent shower and bathtub. Huangshan Scenic room not only 10 SQM larger than Superior room, but has a 6 SQM Huangshan sightseeing balcony, bathtub TV and more luxury decoration.Welcome th Huangshan Xuanyuan International Hotel and enjoy more! ... more less
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