Best hotels and hostels in Anhui

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Xidi

    Pig's Inn Bishan

    There is no better way to experience the extravagant villas of the Huizhou merchants than to spend a few days living in one, waking for breakfast overlooking the courtyard, and spending a rainy afternoon in the wood-panelled study. At this nine-room boutique hotel, inside a Qing dynasty home masterfully restored by Shanghai artist Li Guoyu, you can do exactly that.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Xidi

    Pig’s Heaven Inn

    When Shanghai artist Li Guoyu discovered this Ming dynasty home it was being used as a pigsty (hence the name). She painstakingly restored it, adding an eclectic blend of vintage furniture and mid-20th-century memorabilia. Cheaper rooms may be pokey but all guests can make use of the common areas, including a 3rd-floor veranda overlooking the village rooftops.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Pingshan

    Imperial Guard Boutique Hotel

    All that was left of the nearly 300-year-old Imperial Guard Temple was the facade. Film producer Zhang Zhenyan reinvented the rest using beams salvaged from other structures and concession-era antiques. The result is this swoon-worthy, 10-room boutique hotel, favoured by movers and shakers of the Chinese film world. Zhang's son, who speaks fluent English, and his wife manage the place.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tunxi

    Ancient Town Youth Hostel

    Started by some former tour guides, this hostel ticks all the right boxes, with a well-stocked bar, movie room, friendly and informative English-speaking staff, bike rental and organised tours. Dorms are spacious and comfy, but the cheapest of the (clean) twin rooms lack natural light and the quality varies, so check them out first and compare.

  • Lodging in Pingshan

    Xiuli Huizhou Culture Hotel

    Filling several restored buildings inside the Yixian Xiuli Cinema Village, this boutique hotel has 31 rooms of various configurations, from humble doubles to sprawling family suites, decorated with a careful selection of antiques. Guests can take advantage of the pool, inside another refitted historic hall, with colourful, Mondrian-esque window panes.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Hongcun

    Long Lane Inn

    Housed in a gorgeous Ming dynasty villa, Long Lane Inn is a tourist attraction in its own right. There are nine different rooms, some with traditional rosewood Chinese four-poster beds, arranged around a courtyard. It's in a quiet corner of the village, away from the tourist scrum. Mornings start with birdsong and a good Chinese breakfast.

  • Lodging in Hefei

    Westin

    If you're counting on a good night's sleep, the Westin, Hefei's top hotel, is a safe bet. Facilities include a fitness centre, swimming pool, spa and elegant and modern rooms, equipped with Westin's trademark Heavenly Beds. The dining options are sound and the restaurant on the 23rd floor in particular is a very good choice. Look online for discounts of up to 60%.

  • Lodging in Hefei

    Holiday Inn Express Downtown

    Hefei's best midrange deal is this well-located branch of the Holiday Inn (not to be confused with all the other branches in town). It's centrally located in a building shared by a bookshop and cafe (enter the hotel around the back). Rooms are modern, clean and comfortable. Look for 50% discounts online.

  • Lodging in Hongcun

    Qíng Hé Yuè

    This great choice has tidy, though small, six-bed dorm rooms with showers. Across the alleyway a 200-year-old villa houses the double rooms. All guests are free to use the common areas in the old house, the highlight of which is the 3rd-floor veranda, from where you can look out over the village rooftops. Friendly staff speak good English.

  • Lodging in Huangshan

    Beihai Hotel

    This is the best located hotel, but the four-star Beihai is also the busiest and lacks charm. Situated a 1.2km walk from the top of the Cloud Valley cable car, there's professional service, money exchange, a cafe and 30% discounts during the week. Larger doubles have older fittings than the smaller, better-fitted-out doubles (same price). The cheaper doubles are in the three-star compound across the square.

  • Lodging in Tunxi

    Old Street Hostel

    With a convenient location and good rooms, this place clearly has an appeal that extends beyond the backpacking crowd. The four-person dorms come with proper mattresses and some have private bathrooms; private rooms are spartan but spacious and comfortable. There’s a cafe-bar on the 2nd floor, overlooking Lao Jie. Helpful staff speak English and are happy to help make travel arrangements.

  • Lodging in Huangshan

    Paiyunlou Hotel

    With an excellent location near Tianhai Lake (Tiānhǎi Hú) and the entrance to the West Sea Canyon, plus three-star comfort, this place is recommended for those who prefer a slightly more tranquil setting. None of the regular rooms have views, but the newer dorms have unobstructed vistas and come with TVs and attached showers. Discounted dorms fall to ¥210 and doubles are usually ¥680.

  • Lodging in Huangshan

    Shilin Hotel

    Cheaper rooms are devoid of views, but the pricier doubles are bright and clean. Eight- and 12-bed dorms are well-kept but rather cramped, with bunk beds and shared bathroom, but there are roomier quads; the block up the steps from the hotel has good views, as do some of the newer rooms in the main block and the villa behind. Doubles discount to around ¥1180.

  • Lodging in Huangshan

    Yupinglou Hotel

    A 10-minute walk to the right from the top of the Jade Screen cable car, this four-star hotel is perched on a spectacular 1660m-high lookout just above the Welcoming Guest Pine Tree (迎客松, Yíngkèsōng). Aim for the doubles at the back, as some rooms have small windows with no views. Discounts generally bring doubles down to around ¥780 and dorm beds to about ¥150.

  • Lodging in Jiuhua Shan

    Shangketang Hotel

    With an upscale vibe that skews more towards a wellness retreat than a spiritual one, Shangketang Hotel – close to the Zhiyuan Temple – has rooms with rosewood furniture, flat-screen TVs and plush carpets (some rooms may have a wet carpet smell though). Weekday discounts can knock rooms down to ¥480, ¥720 on weekends. The in-house vegetarian restaurant is the best in town.

  • Lodging in Jiuhua Shan

    Baisuigong Xiayuan Hotel

    Pleasantly arranged around an old temple, this hotel combines the right atmosphere with a good location. Standard rooms are just that – lino floors, small showers: simple but comfortable enough. It’s right beside Julong Hotel, opposite Zhiyuan Temple.

  • Lodging in Tunxi

    Hui Boutique Hotel

    In a Qing dynasty building with a landscaped courtyard, down a quiet lane off Old St, this is a cloistered and atmospheric place to stay. The 1st-floor rooms (the cheaper ones) have been shoddily modernised, but the 2nd-floor ones have antique rosewood beds and more natural light. Look for online discounts to soften the tariff.

  • Lodging in Jiuhua Shan

    Julong Hotel

    Just 50m from the main gate, the long-standing Julong has friendly staff and quality rooms decked out with TVs and good bathrooms. Discounts knock rooms down to around ¥690 on weekdays and ¥890 on weekends. It’s opposite Zhiyuan Temple, off Furong Lu. Buffet breakfast is ¥68.

  • Lodging in Huangshan

    Xihai Hotel

    Regular rooms are tired but clean with heating and hot water, but take a look at the doubles first, as some face inwards. The ‘five-star’ block has the plusher ¥1680 doubles. Located in the summit area near the Xihai Reservoir, a 2km walk from White Goose Ridge. Rooms (but not dorms) include breakfast.

  • Lodging in Huangshan

    Grapevine Hotel

    With sketches on the wall, this hotel has a youthful feel lacking at most hotels around the mountain. Rooms are basic but clean. It's just past the post office, before the bridge on the way to Tangkou Town (a 30-minute walk from the bus station).