One of the most frequently asked questions when attending the Canton Fair is “Which hotel to stay?” Appointed four to five-star hotels of the China Import and Export Fair will be most ideal as there’s like a certified guarantee that guests will be well taken care of. However, when you mix tight budget, tight schedule, and high expectations together, the chance of getting a great place accommodation becomes slimmer.
While deciding for the best hotel to stay during the Canton Fair period, the most we could do was to trust Agoda.com, Booking.com, and TripAdvisor.com for reviews, location, photos, and main amenities. Based on the rate, room availability, and location, we selected Guangzhou Haiyue Hotel (Guangzhou Hai Yue Jiu Dian) and were not disappointed. 🙂
Read our Canton Fair experience and tips here.
Review of Haiyue Hotel 广州海月酒店 (Xinhe Street, Guangzhou, China)
Haiyue Hotel in Xinhe Street in the Haizhu District of Guangzhou was opened in 2010. This hotel features a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage on the first floor, 60 guest rooms and suites on the second floor, and a spa and massage center on the third floor. The design of the hotel’s entrance and reception area is very simple and straightforward.
With no frills or unapologetic hues, the simplicity of the design extends to the room which managed not to look too cheap or budget-y. We stayed in the Deluxe Room with King Bed (No Window). The bed was comfortable with clean white sheets. What I love most was the comforter that felt like a warm cloud hovering over the body as I sleep. 🙂
Everything else seemed to be in place: mini refrigerator, toiletries, television, safe, hotel room slippers, bathroom slippers, lamp, telephone, drinking glasses, bottles of water, packets of tea, water heater, air conditioner, bath towels, hand towels, and pillows.
The bathroom had a great shower with heater. The space for me was more than adequate.
Overall, the ambiance was calm and low key. The only thing I thought was missing was a cabinet or storage for our clothes. Since there’s none, we had to keep our stuff inside our luggage or hang them up by the door using the four hangers provided.
It’s also worth mentioning that free WiFi was available throughout the hotel, but of course in China, access to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, and YouTube (practically all the apps I normally use) is banned, so we used Baidu and WeChat instead.
Spa center (third floor):
We arrived at past midnight from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and still the hotel receptionists welcomed us with a smile. Check in and check out were done easily. The employees here keep their service standards efficient and significant. They’re really nice and approachable, the type that I feel I could just sit down with for a chat. I appreciated all their help whenever I ask for directions and recommendations on where to go or where to eat.
From our first day, I had been talking to them in Mandarin and it was only in our last day when I asked if they can also speak in English. They said yes, so I guess Haiyue Hotel is friendly and also recommended to foreigners who don’t speak Chinese. 🙂
As a three-star business hotel striving for first-class service, Guangzhou Haiyue Hotel offers free shuttle service to the Canton Fair for guests’ convenience. We noted the specified departure times in the morning and waiting times from the Canton Fair in the evening to be sent back to the hotel.
We booked the hotel room via Agoda.com and did not expect to have free breakfast coupons to be included as part of the deal. Every morning, the staff gave us the complimentary breakfast coupons to 汤上工夫, the designated dining restaurant located a few steps away adjacent to the hotel.
The restaurant looked like a regular fast food chain with bright and modern appeal. Four meal sets for selection were printed on the food coupon so we had the chance to try all of them in five days. 感觉味道一般般，没什么特色。Tastes were fair, nothing extraordinary.
Set A: Ginger Steamed Vermicelli and Black Bean Porridge
Set B: Mantou and Soy Bean Drink
Set C: Eggs Steamed Vermicelli and Porridge
Set D: Mustard and Meat Noodles
Price for Value: ★★★★☆
The price point of PhP 15,948.06 for five days of stay (PhP 3,189.61/day) is reasonable, considering that Guangzhou Haiyue Hotel is located very near the Canton Fair area (three train stations away: Line 8 赤岗—琶洲). This hotel is a good option for travelers visiting Guangzhou for both business and pleasure alike. It’s a smart choice for Canton Fair buyers and exhibitors and those who seek comfortable accommodation with value for money.