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Reviewed 20 September 2014

Our stay at the Qilian Hotel left us with the distinct impression that we were some of the only -- if not actually the only -- Westerners ever to stay there. My husband and I have traveled a lot in China, and in some rather remote places, but I can honestly say that was a first for us.

The staff, while not unfriendly, seemed almost baffled by our presence. As we expected, they didn't speak any English, but even using our (admittedly limited) Mandarin, check-in took about 30 minutes (and it appeared we were practically the only guests, being that it was still off-season). The police were called in, twice, to verify that our papers were in order. It was quite confusing, but after much discussion and scrutinizing of our passports and visas, ultimately successful.

The guest rooms were decent-sized, shabby-looking but clean. The beds were hard, as is expected in China, but they had ample blankets for the chilly weather. Our room came with complimentary bottled water and an electric kettle and tea bags. There was no fridge, or safe. We did have wi-fi. The bathroom was dated, but fully functioning with plenty of hot water. Our room wasn't exactly a view room, but we could see the surrounding snow-covered mountains over the rooftops -- very beautiful!

Since it was off-season the hotel's restaurant wasn't open for dinner, but they did serve a breakfast buffet (Chinese options only) which was more than adequate.

The hotel is located right in the city center and it is very easy to get to as you travel through the Qilian Mountains. Rates are reasonable, especially by Western standards. Overall it's a decent enough place to stay and I assume that it would be a better experience if 1) you're Chinese and, 2) it's not off-season.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 June 2015
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  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with family
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A TripAdvisor China Member
Reviewed 17 August 2013
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  • Stayed: August 2013
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A TripAdvisor China Member
Reviewed 30 July 2013
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A TripAdvisor China Member
Reviewed 16 July 2012
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  • Stayed: June 2012
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