Traveled here for a short holiday to get out of Shanghai with the missus and was overall pleased with our stay. There are many good things about this hotel--rooms are large and clean, impressive views of the lake, friendly enough staff. Just try not to schedule your trip during peak summer periods because the hotel gets crowded, and you might get frustrated with some of the clientele. This is definitely a family hotel.
Some things didn't work such as the steam room and sauna (both were not turned on during the entirety of my trip), and the in-room refrigerator was actually hot when we first entered the room. One major turn-off is the hotel charges for things that should be free such as ping-pong paddles, pool queues, and air hockey paddles. Pool queues, for example, are 88 kuai per hour. Pretty ridiculous.
I've seen people complain about the location, but personally I think the location is one of the advantages of this hotel if you are looking to get away from everything. There are so many beautiful areas in the immediate vicinity. I highly recommend renting bicycles and riding along the designated bike-path nearby. You're not really supposed to swim in the lake but I found a place during our bike ride where I jumped in for a dip and it was awesome--very clean water.
For golfers out there, Hidden Tiger Golf Course is a 40 minute drive (or 20 minute boat ride for CNY 400). I have been playing golf for almost 30 years and this is one of the finest courses I've seen. Not cheap (CNY 1180 on weekdays, CNY 1580 on weekends), but totally worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crowne Plaza Huangshan Taiping Lake is the first international upscale hotel in Huangshan’s Taiping Lake scenic area. The hotel provides fresh accommodation and highly satisfying dining to those visiting Huangshan Mountain and its surroundings. It offers customers the enjoyment of “Successful Traveling”.Crowne Plaza Huangshan Taiping Lake offers 247 well-appointed guestrooms, all featuring with elegant decoration, perfect layout, wide vision and all kinds of facilities. Moreover, top-scaled KingKoil mattress gives customer the best “Sleep Advantage”. No matter you are in the middle of business event or enjoying a wonderful trip, we offer you our personalized service to make your trip more memorable. For those with business and events needs, we boast more than 800 square meters of flexible events space, including a grand ballroom that seats up to 350 guests in banquet style. We are able to tailor our facilities to suit your event’s needs, whether it is an elegant poolside cocktail, red carpet corporate meeting or grand wedding dinner. What’s more, the hotel’s master chefs are available to craft full banquet menus, customized cocktail receptions or refreshing working lunches for your events.Our hotel also has full recreation facilities. Spacious gym, temperature- controlled pool, comfortable Sana and yoga room. The infinity swimming pool which surrounded by beautiful Taiping Lake is your first choice. Stop thinking, just come here and give yourself an unforgettable experience.Crowne Plaza Huangshan Taiping Lake sincerely looks forward to your coming. ... more less
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