Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and a subsidiary of Priceline.com, has drawn up its Top 10 China Hotels for Winter 09/10 to help tourists and travelers get the most out of one of the world’s most enticing destinations.
China’s exotic allure offers something for everyone, whether it’s shopping, dining, or visiting the country’s historical sites or breathtaking magnificent scenery. Winter adds a new dimension to this fascinating destination, bringing with it snow, sales, and world-famous sights. But booking a hotel in China can be a daunting prospect for many a traveler due to its size, the range of properties on offer, and the language barrier. To help visitors to the country overcome this challenge and get the most out of their trip, plus make savings from some great offers, Agoda.com has carefully selected its Top 10 China Hotels for Winter 09/10.
Mr. Wilfred Fan, vice president of Business Development at Agoda, said: “Agoda has more than 1,600 hotels in more than 100 locations across China, each offering a unique experience. Of these properties, some stand out due to their location, style, amenities, level of service, and value for money. Based on these factors and on what Agoda customers are saying in their hotel reviews, we’ve come up with a shortlist of hot properties across China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.”
1. Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin
Harbin is the number one place to go in China for travelers wanting a white Christmas. Temperatures plummet below zero and the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival transforms the city into a true winter wonderland. The Shangri-La Hotel Harbin is right next to the river, where many of the sculptures are built. This hotel has been recently refurbished and offers impeccable standards of service and luxury.
Book at the Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin 14 days in advance and get a Superior Room for as little as US$145 per night.
2. Langham Place Mongkok Hotel, Hong Kong
WinterFest in Hong Kong turns one of Asia’s most captivating cities into a fabulous festive destination. The skyline sparkles with Christmas lights, carols fill the cool night air, and on New Year’s Eve, the entire shoreline erupts in an extravagant show of fireworks and lasers. Shopping sprees are a popular highlight for visitors to Hong Kong and malls from Central to Mongkok brim with holiday sales. The stylish Langham Place Mongkok Hotel, with its boutique rooms and excellent service, is a top choice with Agoda members, plus it’s only a few minutes’ walk from the Ladies’ Market.
Book a Vital Place room at the Langham Place, Mongkok 14 days in advance and pay as little as US$155 per night.
3. The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macau
Macau fits myriad attractions into a small space: shopping, beaches, casinos, and a colorful colonial history. The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel is the largest hotel in Asia and features canals and gondolas, luxurious rooms, a spa, family-friendly entertainment, and more than 600 gaming tables. Our customers love the Venetian’s spacious rooms, excellent service, and luxurious wellness center – they also love the rewards points they accrue by booking through Agoda.
Winter rates for The Venetian are as low as US$239, so book early to secure a room.
4. Kapok Hotel, Beijing
Beijing is arguably at its most beautiful during winter, which is also its low-season. A light dusting of snow covers the capital’s legendary landmarks, such as the Forbidden City. With fewer crowds, those who visit the city in winter experience a side of Beijing many never get to see. Kapok Hotel is a favorite among Agoda customers due to its proximity to the Forbidden City and its super-modern Zen-inspired design. Night markets are only a short stroll away, and there are plenty of spas and restaurants for guests to indulge in nearby.
All rooms at the Kapok Hotel Beijing qualify for 25 percent discount over winter. Book 1 night for as little as US$52.
5. Citadines Xi’an Central Hotel, Xi’an
The ancient city of Xi’an boasts more than 6,000 years of history and architecture, which spans several dynasties. The Terracotta Warriors just outside the city are the highlight for many travelers, as are the city walls themselves, which are wide enough to cycle around. The Citadines Xi’an Central Hotel is favored by Agoda travelers for its convenience to the airport shuttle, its handy kitchen facilities, and its stylish city urban decor. Families with children appreciatate the extra space these suites offer.
Book a 1-Bedroom Deluxe Suite at the Citadines Xi’an Central Hotel for as little as US$66 per night in the Citadines’ “Stay 3, Pay 2” promotion.
6. Days Inn, Shenzhen
Shenzhen’s mild winter climate is ideal for shopping, and bargain hunters can stretch their travel dollar further here than in neighboring Hong Kong. Shenzhen is also a great holiday destination for families, with amusement parks like Window of the World and Happy Valley offering entertainment for all ages. The Days Inn Hotel, a four-star hotel in the Dongmen shopping area, is commended by Agoda’s customers for its proximity to malls, restaurants, and trains. They also love the great rates available only through Agoda!
Rates for a Superior Twin Room at the Days Inn are as low as US$59 from now until January 31, 2010.
7. Taipei Fullerton South, Taipei
Winter is when Taipei’s sub-tropical humidity gives way to cooler, temperate days – the perfect climate for visiting Beitou’s hot springs. It’s also a great place to celebrate New Year’s Eve, when 101 Building – the tallest skyscraper in the world – explodes in a pyrotechnic display of immense proportions. Agoda customers keep coming back to the Taipei Fullerton South for its friendly staff, calm ambience, and proximity to the train station. Western-style restaurants and bars are also close by.
Get an Executive Room at the Taipei Fullerton South for as low as US$116 per night (minimum stay 3 nights) if you book before the end of 2009.
8. @ Gallery Suites Hotel, Shanghai
As a high-tech metropolis, Shanghai really lights up in winter. Concerts, street bazaars, and special events fill China’s biggest city with festive cheer, and travelers find no shortage of parties and events to go to. Agoda customers love the romantic décor of @ Gallery Suites Hotel – a luxurious boutique property with spacious Art Deco rooms that is close to bars, restaurants, and subways. They especially like the free-standing bathtubs and free coffee and fruit in the sitting room.
@ Gallery Early Bird rate: Book an Art Deco Suite 14 days in advance for as low as US$95 per night
9. Jianguo Hotel, Guangzhou
Guangzhou – or Canton – is truly magical come wintertime. The Winter Solstice sees feasts and festivities take place all over the city, and rates are also more affordable at this time of year. Agoda members staying at the Jianguo Hotel said its great access to the train connection from Hong Kong, its sleek modern rooms, and proximity to shops and restaurants were excellent.
Early Bird special: Book any room type at the Jianguo Hotel until April 13, 2010 for as low as US$85 a night, minimum 3 nights.
10. Oriental Riverside, Shanghai
The Oriental Riverside Hotel on the bank of the Huang Pu River is an excellent location for first-time travelers to this vibrant city. Offering views of The Bund and the river, and within a few moments’ walk of the subway, it’s ideally located for discovering Shanghai. The reviews by Agoda customers commend this hotel for its plush modern rooms, helpful English-speaking staff, and proximity to restaurants, bars, and shopping.
Book a Superior Garden View room for as low as US$76 per night, minimum stay 3 nights.
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