"Shangri-La" means "Hidden Paradise"; Precisely!
Posted Apr 14, 2016
The Shangri-La is a wonderful place, with a beautiful lobby, elegant rooms and comfortable beds. Add to it the charming and very helpful staff and your stay becomes almost perfect. The promotion they offer to join the “Horizon Club” is an excellent deal. It gives you a nice room on the 7th floor and covers your breakfast, which would be extra otherwise. It offers tee and soft drinks all day in the exclusive Sky Club lounge and 5pm snacks which are so generous it becomes a light dinner option. The dinner buffet was not quite what Westerners understand to be Chinese food. For me there were too many sea creatures, but I was told they are healthy. By the way, the Chinese invariably go for the green salads, fruits and, yes, sea creatures; the Westerners go for bacon and French Fries. It shows!
The location is a bit on the outskirts of town, but the metered taxis are very cheap. If you need advice about where to go in Guilin, or where to find the only Starbucks in town, ask young Señor Ruben from Mexico; he’ll tell you in several languages, Chinese included.