Nested on the peaceful shores of the ever longing River Li, and within a few minutes’ walk from both the signature Elephant Hill, and the Seven Star Park, the Sheraton Guilin provides guests with a more luxurious comfort than ever before, and quite perhaps the most stylish hotel in this compact yet vibrant city. If you are after style, luxury, comfort and a sophistication of excellent customer service then the Sheraton Guilin is the place to be at. It would be a sheer underestimation for anyone to go to Guilin and not to experience this city’s compact yet vibrant lifestyle and culture.
If there is anything that makes this hotel stand out from the rest than it is the priceless scenery offered from almost all of the rooms that are facing the River Li. Magical views of the dreamy hills that surround the town provide a picturesque view that seem to go on forever into the horizon. Rather ironically the views are even more beautiful when the heaves open up or when it’s foggy because nature creates that dreamy look of grey hill tops sticking out of the mist and cloud. One thing is for sure, that there are very few hotels in the world that have such a unique view as offered that by the Sheraton Guilin. Its so good that if one had the money they would wish to stay here all year around (really...I would).
Hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool (fancy swimming while surrounded by lavish greenery and beautiful sleepy hills?), a state-of-the-art gym, a soothing massage centre, numerous food and beverage facilities offering a variety of Chinese and international cuisine, a club lounge with high speed internet and satellite television facilities, and a fully bonded travel agent that can book your tours around Guilin.
The 407 newly renovated rooms and 17 suites all boost ergonomically designed furnishings, dual walk-in wardrobes, and the Sheraton heavenly beds with 300-thread cotton- sheer luxury and ultimate in comfort. Every room is equipped with some of the minor but important things in life such as an iron and ironing board, coffee making facilities, western style toilets that work efficiently, air-conditioned surroundings, high security 24 hours a day, fresh water facilities, cable television and a convenient connection to the internet. Guests are welcomed with a plate full of fresh Chinese fruits- a cultured symbol of the beauty of this place. The hospitality is second to none, and each customer is greeted as a VIP special guests at the Sheraton Guilin. This kind of personalised service is essentially important in a place where guests come back to the hotel after a long tiring day of travelling around to places such as the Longji rice terraces, Yangshuo or even hiking around. One needs a place where they can be welcomed with air-conditioning, clean rooms, and a quiet environment. For those who prefer to sleep like a log (like I do), and cannot bear even minute amounts of noise during the night time, then you’ll be pleased to know that all the walls are constructed with double layering to cancel out outside noise and all the windows are double glazed too.
In terms of culinary delights, the Sheraton Guilin offers a variety of options including hearty Western or Chinese breakfasts, lunches, and dinners either served according to your exact needs in your room or at one of the fine restaurants located on the ground floor. The Cathay Chinese Restaurant is the cream of the Sheraton Guilin providing local delights such as deep fried Li River fish with salt and pepper, or deep fried Li River shrimp wrapped with egg yolk. In June 2011, the main restaurant was host to Vietnamese chefs, Mr. Khiem Ngo and Mr. Hai Pham who displayed some signature Vietnamese dishes. Chef Pham served an unpretentious yet provocative menu of the best seasonal produce alongside Vietnamese delicacies like Hanoi beef noodles and fried young rice with prawns. All the restaurants are host to many international live bands playing traditional Chinese or Western music to the delights of the dinars. It’s the perfect way to round off your trip to the city, and your stay at the Sheraton Guilin.
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