A new generation of hotels in China comprise the cornerstone of a highly developed, traveler-friendly tourism infrastructure. China now has a complete range of hotel choices in all price categories, from luxurious five-star suites to deluxe mid-priced hotels and clean, comfortable rooms in the budget category. Visitors find a variety of lodging options including vacation resorts, spa hotels, auto courts, youth hostels, and hotels that cater to business visitors.
Today, every major city in China can provide discriminating travelers with a wide selection of modern, world-class properties that meet, and often exceed, international standards. Hotels such as the famous Peace Hotel (on the Bund) in Shanghai, the Palace Hotel in Beijing (close to the Forbidden City), and the White Swan in Guangzhou have gained international reputations for their exquisite decor, international gourmet dining, and first-class service.
Travelers will also find familiar chains such as Hyatt, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Four Seasons, Hilton, Leeds, Marriott, Intercontinental, ACK, Shangri-La and Kempinski.
For all hotels, check in is generally after 2 pm and check out is usually by noon the next day. When checking in, you will need to present your passport and fill in a form. The hotels also normally require a small amount of deposit. Later check out can be arranged.
Check out will usually take some time as the hotel will check the room and perform a few administrative tasks. When checking out, the deposit you have paid will be returned if there is no damage or loss in your room. You will be charged for any additional services used (room service, phone, etc.) Contact the hotel or your travel agent if you need an early check-in or a late checkout, as it may incur an extra fee. Make sure to bring your room card with you when you leave the hotel, it contains the telephone number and address printed in both Chinese and English.
Hotel rates in China vary based on the quality and location of the lodging and the time of the year it is booked. Accommodations are more luxurious in the large and thriving cities like Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Xiían and Shenzhen. Fewer luxury hotels can be found in smaller cities or remote areas. However, there are plenty of economical lodging services in these areas that are clean, comfortable and safe.