China Hotel by Marriott Guangzhou Review
China Hotel is located in the older part of Guangzhou, near the Guangzhou Railway Station and right next to the Dong Fang Hotel. It’s conveniently located above the Metro station as well.
I stayed there a few years ago as they were renovating and it looks basically the same, newish décor and clean. I came during the Canton Fair so the hotel was busy with tons of foreigners, but they had enough staff working to handle the crush of guests. If you come to Guangzhou for the Canton Fair, there are free shuttle buses in the morning and afternoon to bring you back and forth.
The staff appeared to speak English, Cantonese, and Mandarin with proficiency and I had no problems checking in. I booked the room via Priceline and got it for what I thought was a great deal, $68 USD during the fair week, and was able to get my preferred room type upon check-in.
Room is modern and fresh, if you get two beds, it’s two doubles which is great. Bathroom is large, but make sure you put down the blinds before you use the toilet, otherwise your roommate will get a free show. Bed is soft and plush, western style. The TV had a large number of channels, both overseas and local. There’s plenty of toiletries so you don’t need to bring your own.
For breakfast, you can eat at the hotel, but it’s pricey, over 100 RMB. Try the McDonald’s right outside the front entrance or one of the bakeries next to the lobby for something more affordable.
Overall, no major complaints. Minor gripes are that the bathroom scale was dusty when I stepped onto it and there is only free Wifi in the lobby; internet access in the room is fee based. Also, the couches in the lobby need replacement, the cushions are gone so you sink in.
If you need to be in the old part of Guangzhou and are looking for a nice reliable western hotel, China Hotel is a great option you should consider. There’s also a bus stop there for buses going to Guangzhou, Macau, etc. BTW, this hotel must be close to the adoption place because there’s tons of western families with Chinese babies milling around!