Hotels in China are rated according
to established international star-rating
standards. By the end of 1997, there were
2,724 star-rated hotels in the country,
including 57 five-star hotels, 157 four-star
hotels, 895 three-star hotels, 1,339 two-star
hotels and 276 one-star hotels. In other
words, more than half of China's hotels
open to foreigners have been star-rated.
These tourist hotels, star-rated
ones in particular, bear the brunt of the
flow of foreign visitors to China, providing
them with food, lodging and many other services
according to international standards.
A hotel rated with three or
more stars has the following:
- The rooms are cozily appointed
and furnished, and the toilets are equipped
with 110/220-volt electricity sockets
and provide hot water 24 fours a day.
- Each guest room is equipped
with an air-conditioner or central air-conditioning
that is good enough to keep room temperature
at a comfortable level.
- A telephone is installed
in each room to allow the guest to make
domestic or international long-distance
calls through the operator.
- There are both a color TV
set and a stereo system in each room.
- There are effective soundproof
facilities, as well as curtains that can
block the sunlight.
- Stationery appropriate to
the rating of the hotel is available in
every guest room.
Services & Facilities
The following facilities and
services are available in hotels rated with
three or more stars:
Chinese restaurant, Western
restaurant, caf¨¦, banquet hall,
ball room, massage parlour, store, beauty
parlour, meeting hall, commercial center,
gym, florist's shop, clinic, parking lot,
bookstore, credit-handling and foreign exchange
conversion center, DDD and IDD telephone
services, room service, child care, facilities
for the disabled, karaoke hall, KTV room,
chess and card playing room, billiards room,
and ping-pong room.
Some four-star or five-star
hotels are also equipped with swimming pools,
bowling alleys, tennis courts, squash courts,
golf courses, saunas, safety-deposit boxes,
as well as facilities for fishing, boating,
horseback riding, hunting, sharp shooting
and other sports.
The policy at every hotel in
China is that you check out by noon to avoid
being charged extra. If you check out between
noon and 6pm there is a charge of 50% of
the room price - after 6pm you have to pay
for another full night.