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This is a review for the Pullman Zhangiajie Hotel. Our tour group to Zhangjiajie stayed at this hotel for 4 nights before being bussed back to Changsha. The physical conditions of this hotel is great, clean, modern, comfortable. I did not get to spend too much time at the hotel as our tour begins 8 am in morning, so we have breakfast by 7 to 7:30 am daily. a bit rushed, but the buffet breakfast was quite good. No complaints from me as I like to try the chinese dishes as well as have a few western fares. I really do not agree with some of the westerners who writes reviews and complain of the lack of western dishes in chinese hotel buffet. If these westerners want to eat only western dishes, they they should stay in their own country and go to Denny's or IHOP everyday, hahaha. I came to China to experience the chinese experience whether I agree with its taste or not. No complaints from me. The chinese dishes were actually very good, different from what I get in the States. All in all, the Pullman was billed as a 5 start hotel. I agree that it is 4.5 at least and I would definitely like to stay there again.
First let me say, this place gives a courtesy email on how you can get to the hostel from airport which was amazing! Taxi, bus, or they pick you up for 150 RMB. It's about 45 mins from the airport. Warning taxi drivers will bombard you like bees around a hive immediately when you step pass security. I negotiated 100 RMB to get there ( they won't take anything lowers that 100 RMB). My advice while staying anywhere in Zhangjiajie is to have everything written in mandarin. They don't understand English or pinyin. Booking.com has a great feature for giving the address in local language. Also airport staff do not care to help you. I originally was trying to take the buss for 12 RMB but they only pointed where he bus station was but wouldn't help pass that! Grr... About facility. - Their is one staff that speaks English very well and she is so helpful on anything and everything. The facility is behind a building so it's so hard to find unless you know where to look, this is why I'm happy the taxi driver took me. The rooms were clean, had a nice cabin feel to them, and they are also updated. They provide a wash rack to hang clothes, which is very convient! Bathrooms are interesting, but that's just Chinese culture for you. (Shower is 4 inches from toilet, so everything gets wet when you shower) Yes it is a sitting toilet and not a squat toilet. They have a little flat screen tv which every station is in mandarin. Wifi- first night I was upstairs on the 3rd floor and took so long to load anything. It basically didn't work. Then 2nd night same room and it worked. 3rd night bottom floor worked fine. 4th night same bottom floor it was slow again. However the lobby worked fine the entire time! They are doing construction to the building next door and was constantly woken up by hammering, saw blades, and construction noise at 7 am. This will probably go on for another 3 ish months. I didn't mind the first night because it beat my alarm clock and I just went hiking. BUT: after 2 days of completely exerting myself that was a nuisance because I just wanted to sleep in. It's out of the hostels control, but honestly I would book their again. You shouldn't be sleeping in late anyways because the lines in the mountain will be so long it will ruin your stay. Advice get up and leave when construction starts and you will have a better time hiking. The good thing is construction stops at like 5 pm so you can go to bed early to get up early!
The bathroom at least on the third floor that we were staying was really clean and didn't smell like sewer like in other hostels/inns that we have been staying. The staff was very helpful, they gave you recommendations on how to spend your day at the park. Just don't go on the month of June, cause it is the rainy season, unless you don't mind the non-stop rain and getting wet.... Every single building in that street is being currently remodeled, so it was hard to walk back and forth to the hotel, avoiding rocks, piles of construction materials, etc...