Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
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Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel Reviews
Pearl of the desert Dec 06, 2015
We stayed at the Silkroad Dunhuang Hotel for 3 nights. When I first planned for this Dunhuang trip, I wanted to stay in this hotel and nowhere else. It is a cultural hotel and the owner has other hotels in other areas too. They also host important visitors and according to what I know from the locals, this hotel has built up a lot of activities around the area. There are going to be new hotels being built around it, so expect lots of bustling activities soon!
The hotel is truly an amazing place to stay in. Firstly, it is just next to the Singing Mountain Dune and Crescent Moon Lake. Hence, the views are already worth the price you pay. There is a rooftop cafe where you get to have your breakfast and this is where you get the best views of the Singing Mountain. Catch the sunrise during your breakfast, you dont need to endure the cold or wake up early to go into the park. It is at the convenient of your hotel! That being said, it also means that it is far from the city center, about 5-10 min drive. A taxi ride from the city to the hotel is about RMB10.
Breakfast has a spread of chinese and english breakfast. There is toasts, bread and cereals but I personally prefer the chinese dishes, rice, noodles etc. The only downside I can pick on is there the variety of dishes is the same. So I got tired of eating the same food every morning for 3 days.
Room wise, the decor is true to the oriental taste. The bed is comfortable. We had complimentary water, red dates and a cute little camel plush toy!
The reception can help you with all your travel needs, including shuttle to airport or train. I speak mandarin to them, and they are friendly and helpful. The portman at the door is always ready to help you open the door and if you need to rent a bicycle, it can be done for free too.
We ordered room service. The portion is generous, and the food is nice too. Just that some food are limited and not available. Probably that is due to the time of the year during our visit.
Overall, I truly enjoyed my stay there. If there is a hotel you need to stay in Dunhuang, it has got to be this hotel.
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Great Hotel on the Silk Road at the ancient city next to the sand dunes May 07, 2008
The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel was the best hotel I stayed at during my trip from Lanzhou to Urumqi part of the Chinese Silk Road. I selected it because of its proximity to the sand dunes and the rooftop cafe with the view I saw somewhere on the web.
The taxi driver thought it was too far from the city, and wanted me to stay in a hotel in the city, but it is only a five minute cab ride away from the city center, hardly far by my standards. I love the view from the rooftop cafe and was there both at sunrise and sunset to watch the sand dunes.
The hotel architecture sets it apart from any other hotel in Dunhuang, and it occupied a very large area with many buildings and courtyards. It has many restaurants and the food was excellent and not expensive. A walk from the main building to the restaurants using one of the corridors was very pleasant, with view of courtyards.
The Spa and Massage service was good too, I did not go to the separate building where the Spa and Massage was, since there was a sand storm at the time. Instead in-room foot massage was just as good!
They had a large shop in the hotel with many souvenirs and local specialties, and many rugs hung along the hallway for you to view even if you are not buying.
And the hotel had generators for emergency power when the sand storm took out the electricity!
I paid 680 RMB per night (including breakfast) for the room. This is a lot less than the "posted" price at the hotel, but nobody pays posted price anyway in China. You go into the hotel, and ask for their best price, and ask to see the rooms. If you like the room, but not the price, you can perhaps bargain a little and get a better price. Tell them your friend recommended the hotel to you and it may help.
I would rate it a 4.5 star and definitely would stay here again!
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Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel Overview
The hotel is located in the south of city center, below the famous Mingsha Hills - a site of strategic importance on the ancient Silk Road and with an easy access to the airport, and the stunning Magao Grottoes by hotel bus.
The hotel's comprehensive facilities ensure guests the opportunity to savour the cultural heritage of the Silk Road while they enjoy the convenience of the present day. It is the perfect venue for any occasion. For small, intimate meetings to international conferences, the hotel can accommodate for every special event. The Chinese name of this hotel in Pin Yin is "Dunhuang Shanzhuang".
The hotel captures the spirit of the Tang Dynasty with its unique architectural design - the large rooftops and long corridors of the Han and Tang dynasties; the typical enclosed courtyard style design and clay walls of the northwestern part of China.
The hotel offers different rooms ranging from ancient courtyard villa to modern style western rooms that blend with Chinese architecture. Every guest room is tastefully furnished with elegant Ming Dynasty reproduction furniture to create a historical ambience, however, each room includes modern amenities. All rooms enjoy an ever-changing view of the great Gobi Desert under the sun.
The lobby is medium in size and features Tang and Ming Dynasty style. It has a lounge and a gift shop.
The restaurants offer Cantonese & Sichuan delicacies and the distinctive flavours of Dunhuang's regional cuisine. The best of other Asian and international cuisine can also be served.
130 km to the nearest station (liu yuan), 25 kms to the nearest airport (dnh), 3 kms to city centre.
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