The Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has begun to open a specifically tailored hotel chain with a Chinese styling called Hualuxe. These hotels incorporate Chinese cultural aspects such as tea and natural woods.
The Hualuxe in Xiamen, Fujian, is one of these new hotels, opening in November 2017. It has mastered the Chinese style of making guests feel special to an extent that we have never found in any hotel anywhere. Nothing is too much to make a guest's stay complete, and the whole staff is there to server just them. The training programme for new staff must be something that was worked on for months to perfect. The TripAdvisor reviews number 441, at the time of writing, with 432 putting the hotel in the excellent category. Most sight the staff and service as their biggest impression.
IHG members have a special check in desk in most IHG hotels, but here it is taken to a level that tells the guest they have come to a hotel that may be under rated at just 5 stars.
The restaurant standard is high and extensive. Breakfast is worth waking up for, no matter your preference. All ages are catered for along with Chinese and Western options, or, of course, you can mix and match. But if you would like something not seen, you may well find a chief cooking a custom disk for you.
The rooms also reflect the Chinese styling in the decor, along with a deep, comfortable, sleep. Even the chairs and cabinets are unmistakable Chinese. The Xiamen hotel has great views across the harbour to the city. You can watch the ships and ferries moving about or just enjoy the skyline.
The hotel is across a 6 lane bridge from the city proper, but it is not a long or costly ride to "downtown" or any sight seeing location. The staff can advise you on places to go and even how to get back if you are in an unfamiliar city.
Those staying in a Club Room have access to the Club Lounge and again stunning views from the 27th floor, as they eat or drink. This too has a very strong service ethic to make it a home from home.
If you are visiting Xiamen or any mainland city, you should search to see if there is a Hualuxe hotel there yet and consider it for your stay. We cannot recommend them enough.