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Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin

Deluxe riverview room at the Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin.

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Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin in a Nutshell:

Guilin is located along the Li River in the northeastern corner of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (a two-and-half-hour flight from Beijing). It is known throughout China for its breathtaking mountain scenery, which has inspired artists since ancient times. The March 2010 opening of the Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin, the city’s first true luxury hotel, has added to the region's appeal. Behind the façade of the seven-story building with a pavilion-style roof is a thoroughly modern hotel with landscaped grounds, gourmet cuisine, and the city’s largest ballroom.

Guest Rooms at Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin:

Design elements of the 449 rooms at the Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin include gold-and-black Chinese-style wall murals over the bed, calligraphy artwork, and rich mahogany furnishings. The beds are king-sized and topped with down duvets. Guests will appreciate touches that include a charming red lacquer alarm clock, a flat-screen TV, and large picture windows overlooking grounds that are accented by a waterfall (it faces the hotel in keeping with feng shui principles). Several suites have outdoor patios where a romantic candlelight dinner for two can be arranged.

Dining at Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin:

Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin has several restaurants including the casual Li Café where an international buffet-style is served at breakfast and dinner. You’ll find both Western (e.g. make-your-own omelets) and Asian (sushi, tandoori, etc.) stations. The signature restaurant is the bi-level Shang Palace serving Cantonese, Hunanese, and Guilin specialties. Try hairy crabs if you visit in fall, when they are in season. The dramatic Lobby Lounge with 50-foot tall windows is where couples can have afternoon tea or a martini. A singer is accompanied by live piano music in the evenings.

Destination Weddings at Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin:

Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin is quickly become the go-to wedding spot for those marrying in the area. Shangri-La’s China-wide Signature Weddings packages are customized for each guest through one of the brand's wedding specialists but standard is a signature dish the chef will create for the reception dinner. Couples can marry at a peaceful pagoda on the grounds and have the reception in one of the many event spaces, the most lavish of which is the Grand Ballroom with its 18 hand-blown crystal chandeliers. For more info, see: Getting Married in China.

Honeymoons/Romance at Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin:

Weddings include one complimentary night in a suite with breakfast in bed as well as a bottle of Champagne, a one-hour couples’ massage, and other special amenities. The hotel can also arrange a romantic lunch cruise for just the two of you where the executive chef will cook a four-course gourmet meal accompanied by wine pairings. As you sail, you'll take in several Guilin highlights including its many unique rock formations such as the one dubbed Elephant Trunk Hill after its pachyderm resemblance.

Activities at Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin:

The Shangri-La Hotel has both a lagoon-style outdoor swimming pool with an alfresco café/bar as well as an Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool. There’s a small spa, a Jacuzzi/sauna, and a fitness center with plenty of natural sunlight spilling through floor-to-ceiling windows. And for tennis players, there are two outdoor courts. Late night, have a drink at the U Bar, an Irish-style pub with antique juke boxes and a pool table.

Nearby Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin:

Guilin’s most popular activity for couples is taking a scenic boat cruise along the Li River. You'll pass its famous verdant limestone hills, many in unique shapes said to resemble animals. Be sure to snap photos at Xingping; it’s the mountainous vista that appears on the back of the RMB20 currency note. The trip ends in the pretty tourist town of Yangshou, brimming with shops and bars. You can also take a bamboo raft ride down a different portion of the Li, stopping at a bamboo “café” along the way.

Drawbacks at Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin:

Although the staff is extremely friendly and some speak English well, many speak very little. That's understandable, as Guilin is not as popular with English-speakers as some of the larger Chinese cities. As the city continues to attract more travelers, the language barrier will likely lessen.

Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin Vibe:

Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin attracts a varied clientele—it appeals to business travelers due to its top-notch conference and meeting spaces—while touring couples are pleased to finally have a luxury hotel in which to base themselves while visiting the region. The hotel also draws fans of the Shangri-La brand, eager to experience a new property. Whether part of a group or on your own, you’ll no doubt feel welcomed by its well-trained and friendly staff

Find Out More About Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin:

Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin
111 Huan Cheng Bei Er Lu
Guilin, People's Republic of China
Tel: 86-773-269-8888

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As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary accommodation and meals for the purpose of reviewing those services. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.

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