“Here’s your room card,” the receptionist told me. I went up to find the room. When I saw the number, I was greeted with a huge sleek looking door. A light tap of the card on the door, I swung the heavy door open and fell in love with the room.
The Westin Guangzhou
A 15min walk from the Guangzhou East Train Station, The Westin Hotel is located in the middle of the business district, near public transport and landmarks. The hotel has 5 restaurants, indoor and outdoor rooftop pools and lounge at the top floor.
Overlooking the Tianhe Stadium, I stayed in the Executive Grand Deluxe Room. Upon entering, I was greeted with a huge bathtub on my right, executive desk on the right and a sitting area beside the bed. It was huge, and perfect for someone on a business trip.
What To Do At The Westin Guangzhou
As usual, the first thing is to check out the pools. If the sun does not attract you, fret not! There is an outdoor and indoor pool outside the gym. You can also visit the VIP treatment room and the heavenly spa to relax after a very long day at work.
However, my favourite place is perched on the highest floor: the Executive Club Lounge. This lounge is exclusively accessible to those who stay in the Executive-level rooms. It has an amazing view of the city of Guangzhou, from the stadiums to the landmarks of Guangzhou. And the best part? There is complimentary and unlimited free food, deluxe breakfast and an assortment of cocktails.
Staying At The Westin Guangzhou
After settling in the room, I noticed 2 books on Guangzhou on the table. Since it was the first time in Guangzhou, it was natural to check the books out to see what else I could do. The books were photography books, giving information about Guangzhou, the history and places to visit. I wished I stayed longer, because they showed me the many things that Guangzhou has to offer, and not just the gorgeous architectures!
Surrounding The Westin are malls and business buildings. However, there are local roadside stores around the district, where you can get authentic local food. The landmarks are also not too far, and it is easy to get around with cabs, buses and trains. However, I got so carried away to explore the surroundings that I walked to all the landmarks I wanted to go to, covering over 20km that day.
Getting To The Westin
The Westin is near the train stations, which makes it very accessible. The trains link Shenzhen-Guangzhou and Hong Kong-Guangzhou, as well as other intercity trains.
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After arriving at the train station, you can get a cab from there. It takes about 10min to reach. It costs RMB10. There are many other 5-star hotels around, and people usually know where The Westin is. Nonetheless, the landmark closest to it is the Citic Plaza – the tallest concrete building in the world. The Westin is adjacent to it. You can also find other ways to get to the hotel at The Westin Transportation.
Information of The Westin
Hotel: The Westin Guangzhou
Address: 6 Lin He Zhong Road, Tian He District. Guangzhou, Guangdong 510610.
6 林和中路，天河区。 广州，广东 510610
Contact: +86 (20) 2886 6868
Website: The Westin Guangzhou, or book Westin hotel at a huge discount
And the best part? The internet of The Westin goes through a VPN, so you can use your Facebook, Instagram, Google Maps without restrictions.
The pictures are taken from Westin Guangzhou Official Site, and credit goes to the company and photographers themselves. The pictures I took were not as good because the bed sheets were not as neat.