When you are the only foreigner in a Chinese restaurant, you order your favourite dish, the people... See full review
Nov 28, 2010
Stylish hotel in Guangzhou suburbs with pools and fitness center
A structure of curved steel and glimmering glass, the Crowne Plaza Hotel Guangzhou Science City resides within the suburbs in the Guangzhou New and High Tech Development Zone. The modern property features a Pan-Asian seafood buffet, dim sum house, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center with stair climbers and treadmills and outdoor tennis courts. Meanwhile, a spa with sauna specializes in Chinese foot massages and beauty treatments. Live entertainment takes place on site, and a florist, salon and staffed business center prove to be added appeals.
Pan-Asian eatery and dim sum restaurant with private dining rooms
Indoor and outdoor pools, plus outdoor tennis courts and a fitness center
Spa offering Chinese foot massages and beauty treatments
All guest rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Guangzhou Science City have one king or two twin beds and cable televisions with premium programming and VCRs. Added features range from coffee-makers, sound systems, minibars and compact refrigerators to bathrooms with scales, bathrobes and hair-dryers. Desks have in-room printers and wireless Internet access, and complimentary newspapers are delivered to rooms daily. Club-level rooms have added amenities, such as free drinks, snacks and cocktails in a private lounge. Meanwhile, spacious suites at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Guangzhou Science City have further amenities, such as CD players.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel Guangzhou Science City is home to an elegant Cantonese restaurant, Pan-Asian eatery with a seafood buffet, a multiregional Chinese eatery and a Korean barbecue on the first floor of the hotel. The property also houses a lobby lounge and bar inspired by an English pub and outfitted with dartboards and electronic games.
Guests of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Guangzhou Science City have access to indoor and outdoor pools with a separate area for children, a Jacuzzi, tennis courts and a fitness center with stair climbers, treadmills and stationary bikes. A sauna is also on site.
Baiyun International Airport (28 mi/45.1 km)
Huolu Mountain Forest Park (4.1 mi/6.6 km)
Southern China Botanical Garden (6.8 mi/10.9 km)
Guangzhou Gangding (8.1 mi/13 km)
City center (15.5 mi/25 km)
A total of nine meeting rooms and a ballroom
Staffed business center
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Terms and conditions
Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.
The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.
When you are the only foreigner in a Chinese restaurant, you order your favourite dish, the people sitting at three nearby tables, all of whom are Chinese, half stand up with their mouths dropping open when it arrives, and then look at you with an
awestruck look on their faces, well, it doesn't get much more flattering than that.And that is exactly what just happened to me at the Mei Hua Chinese Fine Dining Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Science City on the outskirts of Guangzhou, China. I ordered three dishes, and my favourite since I was a little boy – Pineapple Sweet and Sour Pork – was the first to arrive. When it did, the diners at the surrounding tables stopped talking momentarily as they eyed it with intrigue. The dish – I have never before seen it so beautifully or innovatively presented – was a feast for the eyes.A small pineapple had been cut open and hollowed out. Half of the sweet and sour pork was put inside. The other half was put in a small bowl. The pineapple's crown completed a triangle on the plate.And if this stunning presentation was not enough to get the saliva flowing, the taste exceeded the presentation – if that is possible. It had the perfect balance between sweetness and acidity. The tender morsels of pork had an ever so slight crunchiness. And the sauce was thick and gooey – just the way it should be.The pineapple was a bit smaller than those I have found in Hong Kong, Honolulu, and Taiwan, but not as small as those that Zhongshan is famous for. The crown was also a bit more profuse and softer. When I asked the waitress about it, she said that this type of pineapple was indigenous to Guangzhou.Since I was a small child, sweet and sour pork has always been my favourite Chinese dish, but most restaurants simply cannot do it justice. The Pineapple Sweet and Sour Pork (48 yuan), which I ordered without bones at the Mei Hua, was without doubt the best I have ever had.