A new generation of hotels throughout China is the cornerstone of a highly developed, traveler-friendly tourism infrastructure. China now has a complete range of hotel choices in all price categories, from luxurious five-star suites to deluxe mid-priced hotels and clean, comfortable rooms even in the budget category. Today, every major city in China can provide discriminating travelers with a wide selection of modern, world-class properties that meet, and often exceed, international standards. Hotels such as the famous Peace Hotel (on the Bund) in Shanghai, the Palace Hotel in Beijing (close to the Forbidden City), and the White Swan in Guangzhou have gained international reputations for their exquisite decor, international gourmet dining, and first-class service. Familiar chains such as Sheraton, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Hyatt, and Ramada now operate deluxe hotels throughout China as well. Business travelers should note that China has come a long way even since the early 1990s in terms of facilities, service and management. 4- and 5-star hotels will also likely have complete business centers with computer and secretarial services available.
The hotels in China are star-rated, and the five-star hotels are of the highest rank, By the end of 2007, China had more than 14,000 star-rated hotels. Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Jinan, Wuhan, Kunming and other tourist cities in China have a large number of star-raged hotels, which are known for their excellent facilities and service, in addition to various types of common hotels, such as hostels and youth inns, providing many choices for tourists.
Except accommodating tourists, the star-rated hotels also offer various services, such as 24-hour food delivery, newspaper delivery to the guestroom, laundry, hairdressing, beauty treatment, information, taxis, personal attendants and tourism-related services. With perfect equipment, star-rated hotels provide advanced business services, such as secretary service, small meeting rooms, personal computers, surfing the internet and leasing cell phones.
All the hotel guestrooms are equipped with TV sets. Guests can watch English programs on CCTV and local TV stations as well. Over-seas television programs are also available in many hotels. Guests can find the music bar, teahouse, bowling alley, electric game room, cinema, gym, sauna room, massage room, swimming pool and ball-room in many star-rated hotels.