China Travel Answer

Q: I'd like to book a 2 or 3-star hotel near Guangzhou airport. Pls. help advise hotel name & cost. Tnx.

A new airport for Guangzhou opened in 2004. It is still called Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, as the old airport was, but it is farther out from the city.

Not far from the airport terminal building - a few minutes' shuttle bus ride - there is Guangzhou Xin Baiyun Jichang Hangkong Binguan (Guangzhou New Baiyun Airport Guest House). There are about 120 rooms. The rates are roughly $40-50. Tel.: 20-36062634.

Close by there is Guangzhou Guangsha Da Jiudian (Guangzhou Guangsha Hotel). The rates are in the range of $30-80. Tel.: 20-36492135. The hotels has about 60 rooms.

Equally close is Southern Airline Pearl Hotel, which has over 300 rooms and suites. Rates for this hotel range from $50 to $100. Tel.: 20-61135733.

A more expensive hotel is Novotel Baiyun Airport Guangzhou. It is closer to the airport terminal building, just a few minutes walk. The rates for this hotel is around $160, but it seems transit travelers can book a rook for a half day use for about $50 (for example, noon time to 6:00 pm).

All these hotels are great for those visitors who just want to spend a night at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. Those who want to visit Guangzhou, however, need to make a 50 minutes or so trip to get to the city center (about 30 km or so).