Guangzhou is a very big city close to Hong Kong. Formerly known as Canton. Many Hong Kong citizens work here and
it is one of the biggest cities of China (3rd biggest city of China) where you will find many businesses and factories. I visited this enormous and impressive city for business. It still serves as one of the biggest port and transportation city in the world.
With over 13 million citizens, Amsterdam is nothing but a crumble compared to this. So, as you can imagine, I was very impressed.
Impressive cities, house impressive hotels, and since my fantastic stay at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong I had to stay in The Mandarin Oriental in Guangzhou. The dark, mirrored building rises up among the
other big buildings and is hard to miss. It is located in one of Guangzhou’s most exciting neighborhoods with high end stores around each corner. The impressive entrance with a large and beautiful ‘Tree of Life’ welcomes you while entering the hotel and lobby. The hussle from the crowded city is left outside once you are inside this hotel and the friendly staff is welcoming and there is a relaxed vibe going on here.
I stayed in the Mandarin Room that has a beautiful view over the city. With buildings as high as they come here, the views
are impressive as always. Including a bathroom (with separate bath) with a view to die for. I spend a few hours in this bath
because of this. Everything was there, a kingsize bath, a beautiful bathroom with all the extras you might need. You could easily go here without bringing any toiletries. A minibar, two big tv’s and a relaxing lounge in the ‘living room’ of our room.
Since the weather was kind of awful I didn’t mind spending time in the hotel. There are so many things to do, that I wasn’t bored at all. I enjoyed a 1,5 hour massage in their amazing spa, which was the best massage I’ve ever had in my entire life and I went to the big gym they house plus exciting pool and relaxing sauna. A very nice and pretty wellness area where I could spend hours.
I almost didn’t believe that this was all in one hotel. Not mentioning The Loft bar, where you can enjoy amazing drinks on the highest floor. Besides that they house a famous Chinese restaurant called Jiang by Chef Fei, a buffet grill restaurant called Ebony (not your ordinary buffet, but hello king crab, lobster, oysters and other yummy goodness) and the Taikoo lounge where you can have a relaxing glass of Dom Perignon champagne.
The staff was, as mentioned earlier, very friendly and I enjoyed every minute of my stay here. I wish I could have stayed here longer, but I will sure visit them again. A special thanks to Cheryl who made our stay the best as possible.
And one other thing I need to mention. The logo of the Mandarin Oriental hotels is a ‘fan’. And they have several famous fans of the hotel group, such as Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, Lucy Liu, Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson and other famous guests. Each of them designed a ‘fan’ for the hotel which you can collect whilst visiting a Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The fan that was presented in Guangzhou was designed by a fashion designer. I received a mini version of this fan, so cute, and now I have a mission to collect all of the designed fans. This gives the whole story a nice touch!
The Mandarin Oriental, 389 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou