There is plenty of choice in Guangzhou on where to stay, and it’s a good city to find a bargain on hotel rates. Many big brand luxury hotels have opened in recent years and as long as you book in advance, and avoid Chinese New Year and the Canton Fair, you’ll be able to stay in comfort for less than $100. There are also some increasingly good value local properties that we have unearthed.
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Your best bet to be in the heart of downtown is the Hotel Canton. Just a few streets back from Beijing Road and Zhong Shan Road, you’ll be able to reach Guangzhou’s best shopping and liveliest bars on foot. The difference between international and local hotels is increasingly blurred in Guangzhou and the Canton sums that up. Rooms are reasonably well appointed, there is a gym on site and wi-fi, but the staff don’t always speak perfect English, the website is a car crash and most floors in the hotel still allow smoking. But the location really couldn't be better.
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The best of the best cheap hotels in Guangzhou, the DoubleTree’s prices are likely to be right on the $100 budget - but bag a deal and you’ll have the lap of luxury. From a concierge desk that can book your tours to the outdoor infinity pool and state of the art gym, you’ll find the full Hilton treatment. Rooms are well appointed and come with flat screen TVs and fancy linen, and a tub and rain shower in the bathroom. The Open lounge offers a buffet breakfast that caters for western and Chinese diets, Nodu is considered one of the best Asian restaurants in town and you can even pick up a decent cappuccino in their in-house coffee shop. The staff are internationally trained, and you won’t find speaking English a problem.
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It’s all about the setting at the Guangdong Victory Hotel. Shamian Island was Guangzhou’s colonial quarter back at the turn of the last century and most of the fine European buildings have survived – including the Victory itself. Originally housing a HSBC bank and later the British Victoria Hotel, the neoclassical colonnades and arches have been beautifully preserved. The interior doesn’t quite live up to its four-star billing, although there is a rooftop pool and gym. Rooms are not quite stylish but are well appointed with all the usual facilities and staff can get by in English.
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You know what to expect with the Holiday Inn. From the porter at the door to the toiletries in your bathroom, everything feels comfortably familiar. The rooms are of the same high standard as Holiday Inn's across the globe, while staff know how to right any wrongs with your stay and can speak English. You can enjoy a drink on their 14th floor bar by the pool, take tea in the lobby lounge or book local tours through the concierge. The location is next to one of Guangzhou’s better-pedestrianized shopping streets, while Shamian Island the local metro are just a short walk away. It's a good stay at a very good price.