November 9, 2016

Review: Hilton Guangzhou Baiyun

Trip to Guangzhou in Turkish Airlines Business Class & Guangzhou to Mumbai in Qatar Airways & Etihad A380 First Class

A few months ago, I came across some tips on Flyertalk about a cheap business class fare from Vilnius to Toronto on Turkish Airlines and since I wanted to earn Elite status in the airlines' Miles & Smiles program by the end of this year, I did not hesitate and booked the flight. Unfortunately, a schedule change forced me to cancel the flight and look for another option. I had some miles left on my American Airlines Advantage account so I thought I could redeem them flying from Guangzhou to Mumbai in first class. Flying from Mumbai to Bangkok was easy since Air India flies direct between these two cities. After thoroughly planning the trip, I ended up buying an open jaw ticket in Turkish Airlines business class, from Stockholm to Guangzhou and back from Bangkok to Stockholm. It actually turned out perfectly well as I was able to fly Qatar Airways A380 first class from Guangzhou to Doha and then to Abu Dhabi. In Abu Dhabi, I was able to visit the newly opened Etihad First Class Lounge & Spa and from Abu Dhabi, I flew on Etihad's A380 to Mumbai. It was 8 flights in 6 days which was really tiring but who cares when you're flying in first and business class šŸ˜‰



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Hilton Guangzhou Baiyun welcome gift

Date of stay: November 2-3, 2016
Address: 515-517 Yuncheng Dong Road Baiyun, Guangzhou
Nightly Rate: King Hilton Guest Room (upgraded to an Executive Room) 12,000 points + 358 CNY
How to get here: Take the metro line 3 from the airport to Jiahe Wanggang, then change to metro line 2 to Baiyun Park. It's a 10min walk to the hotel. Cost is 6 Yuan.

Hotel Exterior

Hilton Guangzhou Baiyun exterior

Hotel Lobby

Hilton Guangzhou Baiyun lobby

Hilton Guangzhou Baiyun lobby

Reception

Hilton Guangzhou Baiyun reception area

Executive Room (945)

Executive Room 945

Executive room 945

Video tour of the Executive Room 945

King bed

A very nice towel folding, swan

Welcome card signed by the General Manager. The welcome present consisted of fruits, chocolates and a bottle of red wine.

Flat screen TV

Work desk

Lounge chair and coffee table

Complimentary coffee and tea

Safe

Bathrobes and slippers

Bathroom

Toothbrush, comb, lotion

Bathtub

Shower with the Peter Thomas Roth bath products

Toilet

View

View of Baiyun Mountain to the right

Executive Lounge

The Executive Lounge is located on the 8th floor and is open from 6:30am to 10:30pm. In-room executive benefits include complimentary wired/wireless internet access and complimentary pressing service for 2 pieces per stay. There's afternoon tea from 3pm to 5:30pm and non-alcoholic drinks served throughout the day.

Executive desk

Lounge seating

Lounge seating

Magazines and newspapers

Business Area with 1 PC and printer

Evening Cocktails with canapƩs (6pm to 8pm)

Evening cocktails buffet

Appetizer

Salad and sushi

Sushi

Deep fried cod, lamb skewer

Potatoes

Siu mai

Black Glutinous rice (right)

Spanish wine, Don Rozas

Continental Breakfast in the Executive Lounge

Buffet spread

Cold cuts

Baked beans, crispy bacon, hash brown, fried dumpling

Afternoon Tea with CanapƩs

Sandwiches and dried fruits

CanapƩs

Fruits

Desserts

Breakfast in the Restaurant

Seating

Buffet station

Lovely cakes on display

Roasted potatoes, bacon

Noodle station

My noodle soup

Indoor Pool & Sauna

Indoor Pool (located on the 3rd floor and open from 6am to 10pm)

Sauna

Steam Sauna

Changing room

Comfort Room

Gentlemen's toilet

CONCLUSION

Last week, I stayed at the Hilton Guangzhou Baiyun for a night before taking my flight to Doha the following day. I arrived in the hotel around 6:30pm and the first thing I noticed was the beautiful chandelier in the center of the lobby. I then headed to the reception and was welcomed by Moon, a very friendly receptionist who recognized my Diamond status upon seeing my reservation details. She was glad to inform me that I had been upgraded to an executive room on the 9th floor and that there's also a welcome gift in the room. Since my flight the following day was not until 12 midnight, I politely asked her if it was possible to have a late check out. She told me they were expecting lots of guests but still gave me the 4pm late check out which was fine. I really loved my room specially the swan towel folding made by the housekeeping staff. The food selection in the Executive Lounge during the evening cocktails was very good specially the siu mai which is not to be missed when in Guangzhou. The lounge staff were also very polite and always checking if everything was okay. I was also able to check the pool and the sauna which didn't have many guests during my visit. Lastly, the food selection in the restaurant during the breakfast buffet was very extensive and the staff were also very polite. The hotel is not very close to a metro station though (about 10 minutes walk) but if you love walking, then it's just fine. Overall, I really enjoyed my stay in this hotel and would definitely stay here again when I'm back in Guangzhou. To all the staff of Hilton Guangzhou Baiyun, XiĆØxiĆØ!


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