Kunming airport hotel
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Jun 17, 2013 10:38 AM Last Post By: jiejie
Oct 22, 2012 5:45 AM
Kunming airport hotelQuestions comes up now and then about hotels near the new Kunming Airport (Changshui 长水.) I was there a couple days ago (on my way out of town) and asked at the information counter.
The Airport Hotel 机场宾馆 is about 2 km away. A free shuttle will take you to and from the airport. Leaves from the lower level, where taxis and buses pick up passengers.
The hotel's local phone number is 7390229. You will need the country prefix and the Kunming prefix if dialing long distance. That would make it 86-871-7390229. Might need an extra leading zero or two depending on where you are calling from.
I called the number from the airport on my mobile phone and asked about room rates. The guy who answered said a "basic room" 标准 costs 628 Yuan. I have not stayed there, so I don't know what it's like. The clerk said they opened late this summer.
Along the same lines, a friend and I had lunch at one of the second floor airport cafes. Cross Bridge Rice Noodles (guo qiao mi xian 过桥米线) cost 76 Yuan. Price for a similar meal is about 30 in most places in town. (More items cost more money.)
Didn't see a McDonald's or KFC. However, there was a sandwich and burger place along those lines with a name I didn't recognize. Prices were roughly double what McD and KFC usually charge in town.
Also, FWIW, the departure lounge has seats with arm rest dividers that make it impossible to stretch out and sleep.
Oct 22, 2012 7:22 AM
1You didn't like Kunming airport much, did you?
628RMB for a standard room would find me chosing to sleep under a bridge, regardless!
(I've not been to Kunming yet and now, doubly, don't intend to fly in when I do visit)
Oct 22, 2012 7:22 AM
Oct 22, 2012 8:08 AM
3The airport shuttle was efficient. Took a bit less than an hour from the center of the city (Xiao Xi Men 小西门) and cost 25 Yuan.
There might be other lodging options near the airport that I don't know about. But when I asked at the information counter, instead of handing me a list, he just gave me the phone number of the one mentioned above.
The airport is clean, modern, and not difficult to use. Just way out in the middle of nowhere. When the light rail system gets more completed sections, transportation will be better. Right now there is only one line from the airport, and it doesn't go far enough to be of much use.
It's a work in progress.
Oct 23, 2012 2:41 AM
4Thanks for the tip! Made me realized that I had all my infos written for the Wujiaba airport (since my trip was first intended for March 2012)... Thankfully I'll only be flying out of Kunming, not in...
Oct 23, 2012 5:01 AM
Nov 27, 2012 7:31 AM
6#6 -- Many thanks for letting us know your actual experience there.
Did you reserve directly with the hotel, or did you do it through a travel agency? Even though I was told about this hotel by staff at the Information Desk at the airport, I haven't been able to find it on a booking site such as E-Long or C-Trip.
Jun 9, 2013 5:05 AM
in November 2012 (last time when I visited Kunming), there was one hotel at reasonable distance to the airport. Its name is simply “Airport hotel” and it is 5 min taxi drive away. Rooms are ok but not impressive and clearly expensive (standard room 698, suite 888 yuan). The hotel offers a transfer from/to the airport for 10 yuan which is about the same price as for an unlicensed taxi. Note that credit cards are not accepted, so bring cash. The telephone number for reservations is (0871)7390229.
Jun 9, 2013 6:52 AM
Jun 9, 2013 3:43 PM
Jun 9, 2013 5:48 PM
10Supposedly foreigners have not been restricted to approved hotels in Yunnan since 2001:
"我省(Yunnan)将全面取消境外人员住宿点的限制，境外人员想住哪里就住哪里。" That is, if foreigners want to stay somewhere, they can stay there.
But somehow in the past decade, practical implementation of these policies has unfortunately regressed considerably.
Nonetheless, one traveller has assembled a good record of news stories announcing the end of the old restrictions in various places since 2000.
Jun 17, 2013 12:46 AM
11Right. On Chinese booking sites I do find this one at 228 Yuan per night:
But the room selection and registration information disappears when I switch the language to English. The message which then shows up (on E-Long) says this:
"This hotel cannot accept reservations at the present time. Here are the nearby hotels with rooms available." (Problem is that these "nearby hotels" are all over the city, not really close to the airport.)
In my experience this kind of booking site behavior usually indicates a hotel will only accept Chinese (who can register using their state issued ID cards -- shenfenzheng 身份证。) I guess you could go there and try to plead your case.
#10 >>"Supposedly foreigners have not been restricted to approved hotels in Yunnan since 2001"
It may be against the official regulations, but I've run into more than a couple times. Usually at the cheaper end of the lodging spectrum.
Jun 17, 2013 1:03 AM
12Actually, I've found really cheap places to be the most flexible. It's the two-star places that can be fussy.
I've never been clear whether hotels in supposedly unrestricted areas that say NO to foreigners are refusing foreigners on their own because they don't want to deal with them (including dealing with any registration hassles) or whether they're following local PSB guidance. Local PSB certainly makes its own rules when it wants.
But hotels can be sloppy filling out the ctrip/elong forms, so I wouldn't assume that a hotel not listed on the English site won't take you if you contact them directly.
Jun 17, 2013 1:16 AM
13#12 -- Agree with @889 on all three points, though my experience with the "really cheap places" is very limited.
Last year I was staying at a small hotel in Anning (150 to 200 Yuan.) Registered and got my room, although they had trouble at the front desk with the process. Seemed like they had never seen a foreign passport before.
That evening the manager knocked on my door. Apologized profusely but said the staff should not have accepted me earlier and would I please leave. I kicked up a fuss and he agreed to let me stay until the next morning.
You never really know what's going on in China.
Jun 17, 2013 1:36 AM
14The widespread computerisation of hotel registration -- all linked to the PSB -- has actually made getting a room in some areas more difficult than it was before, because the online form doesn't seem to have a link for registering foreigners if the local PSB doesn't want the place to accept them.
I also suspect that in many places it's necessary to exercise a bit of guanxi and tangible goodwill to get PSB approval to accept foreigners. Given that foreign travellers are pretty scarce in many places, hotels have no incentive to expend the necessary effort.
In any event, it's astonishing that problems like this are still arising and it's 2013.
(0 star Hotel)
From US$12.76 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$66.24 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$45.05 per night