Amazing hotel very close to Sanlitun centreWe stayed on three occasions during our trip to China and Mongolia. We had a king room on the 17th floor, which was large and mod-ern yet very elegant with a complimentary bar of soft drinks and beers. Very helpful staff with excellent, friendly customer approach. A great innovative breakfast menu from the normal hotel buffet. The reception staff speak English but the waiters are no so profi-cient. Overall a wonderful stay.
Seerco Hotel Huanglong
The hotel is perfectly located within a few minutes walking distance of the cable car station and is surrounded by beautiful land-scape. It’s an ugly building but beautiful inside with very comfortable rooms, although there are no non-smoking rooms so its bad luck if you stay after a smoker. The staff are friendly but don’t speak any English (except for a few day time reception staff). The breakfast was very Chinese and rather unusual to a western person – hot fruit juice, hot milk or hot sweetened coffee in a glass and no tea - not to mention the food on offer! Bear in mind that there are very few western or Australasian visitors in the area.
Sheraton Jiuzhaigou Resort
A large hotel with very comfortable western style rooms and facilities, at a very reason-able cost. Excellent décor. The buffet break-fast and dinner had a huge selection of Western and Chinese food. There is also a Chinese restaurant in the hotel. Unfortunately, the hotel does not serve any lunches – note even in a small café, but I guess most guests are out for the day. Eng-lish is spoken at the reception. It’s in an excellent location but is at least a 20 minute walk to the park or you can pay 15 / 20 RMB for a taxi each way..
Blue Sky Hotel
A modern, comfortable hotel just off the main Sukhbaatar Square. We stayed there twice – once on the 16th floor and then on the 14th floor. The former was a much bet-ter room. We had requested a non-smoking room but noticed the ashtray in our room - fortunately, it did not smell too bad. The reception staff are very friendly and helpful with excellent English. There’s an excellent choice of food for breakfast. The Sky Bar is a great venue to enjoy a drink and a snack with a wonderful view over the city and hills in the distance. Excellent wifi.
Gobi Discovery Ger Camp
Standard ger. New toilet / shower block near the main building but less convenient to the guests than the old, unused blocks. Can be very windy. A bit shabby although the food was acceptable.
This wonderful rustic camp in a stunning loc-ation, is run by Esme, and his wife Moogii. They are extremely friendly and made our visit a most enjoyable experience. Esme’s English language is excellent. The comfort-able gers are well decorated and even have a mirror! The outside viewing terrace is wonderful and very atmospheric at night when the central camp fire is lit. A few minute’s walk away at the peak of the hill is a stunning 360 degree view of the river, open plains, granite and woodland hills. There is a bench table at the top so you can enjoy a glass of wine whilst watching the sunset over the valley.
Spectacular location on the east side of Lake Khovsgol away from the tourist west side - it is a 10 minute boat ride but worth it. An ideal place to be at one with nature. Very relaxing. A rustic eco-camp run by a National Park's ex-ranger, Tomorsukh, and his exten-ded family, all with a will to please guests – nothing seems to be too much effort, how-ever they lack English language so their help is limited. Comfortable gers but they are positioned on the north side of the bay and hence go in the shade by 8pm whereas sun-set is after 9.30pm. It was very cold at night (about 6C so we had a log fire that made the ger very, very warm).
Three Camel Lodge, Gobi Desert
Listed in the National Geographic unique lodges of the world, it has 40 hand-painted, traditional gers (many with ensuite facilities in an adjoining ger) and a main lodge designed in the style of an ancient temple. The Lodge bar has a very interesting assort-ment of books. They often have evening cultural performances.The camp is owned by an American Mongo-lian who supports the local community and organises a mini Naadam every year. Very efficient and helpful staff who greet you when you return to the camp. Good food, but breakfast could be improved.
A large 5 star hotel with very comfortable, beautifully decorated, western style rooms and facilities. There were few guests and the restaurants were closed so we ate in the little restaurant off the bar. We stayed for one night at the end of our tour and it was too luxurious to feel comfort-able, having spent 9 nights saying in gers. Aah, well, back to the reality of Western hotels.