Dragon International Hotel: "Dragon International Hotel" Top 5 Page for this destination Zhangjiajie Hotel Tip by mke1963

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This is reputed to be the top hotel in Zhangjiajie, mainly by virtue of it being a foreign joint-venture hotel with partial ownership by a Hong Kong investor. However, the crunch is that the majority shareholding is by the local government. As elsewhere in the world, the last people you would look to for professional hotel management are the local council, the people who are supposed to empty the bins, pave the roads and keep the street lights working. But then this is China and local government is keen to run everything it can.
The Dragon, halfway along Jiefang Lu, is handy as this is the main shopping street - useful if you have come to Hunan without any sneakers, because every shop seems to sell them. The Puguang Chan Temple - one of the real artistic and spiritual treasures of Zhangjiajie - is just 100 metres away, as is the city's main decrepit plaza.

Unique Qualities: The standard rooms at the Dragon are actually quite nice although the air-conditioning strains with the Hunan humidity and heat. Even on the upper floors, the heavy beat of the band performing in the ground floor bar can be tiresome by 1am.
There is a coffee shop off the lobby, but despite having coffee and milk, were unable to produce the latte listed on the menu. "Mei you", the waitress said without the faintest flicker of irony. Quite what else one would need to make a latte beats me.
The bar is actually good fun and appears to be one of the city's top nightspots unlike most hotel discotheques in China where the number of staff inevitably outnumber the number of punters by about five to one. There is decent live music most nights and it seemed a wholesome place to get plastered without having to fend off unwelcome attention.
You won't go far wrong at the Dragon International Hotel, although my brief stay didn't give anyone the chance to have to solve any problems: Chinese hotels are far better at crisis creation than crisis resolution. I would stay here in preference to the Airport Hotel (also reviewed....and not at the airport) although the Dragon is a bit more expensive at RMB450 per night.

Address: 48 Jiefang Lu
Price Comparison: most expensive
Price: US$40-80
Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 7, 2006
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