Some time ago I remember seeing an ad on the English news channel here in China for the OYC Hotel and thought I’d love to check that out one day. The attention getting feature in the ad was the huge cave and hot spring located underneath the hotel, now we are in Zhaoqing for a couple of days, how could I miss checking it out.
The OYC hotel is a five star hotel, although some people get confused by translations which say it’s a seven star hotel, but really it’s a hotel beside Seven Star Lake and Seven Star Crags. Perhaps the impressive location beside the scenic area is worthy of adding another two stars, considering you can enjoy the amazing views straight from your room or wander out the gate and walk or hire a bike and ride around the lake.
The hotel is really is focused on the convention and business meeting market featuring 2 ballrooms, convention hall, auditorium, reception hall and conference rooms.
There’s 3 restaurants that we saw, the Ocean restaurant features floor to ceiling fish tanks where, for dinner or lunch, you can enjoy a live mermaid show. Yup, a couple of girls with healthy lungs strap on a fish tail and go swimming. The nearby Palace Cafe is a little more casual and at that time offering great value lunch buffet.
Beneath the hotel is the prime feature, the hot spring, man-made, features a huge re-creation of a cave much like those found within the Seven Star Crags and numerous hot spring pools for swimming around or simply lazing around. There’s also a simple restaurant which opens for dinner and a Spa plus gymnasium and sauna rooms. Sure to be a popular spot after the business convention, especially when the dancers come on stage. Yup, there’s a stage performance to enhance your hot spring relaxation time.
The rooms are immaculate, featuring everything you’d expect for the rating and probably a little more, like remote controlled blinds for example.
The service matches the star rating and then some, unbelievably attentive, friendly and you can just sense the many days of training that went into achieving that end.
Just so you don’t get bored while your’e in the toilet, there’s a great big fish tank featuring meter + long fish!
We were lucky to get a great deal at the time, and price wise the hotel offers great value, if this is the level of service your looking for, plus the hotel and Zhaoqing itself would make for a great weekend escape and experience for those in Guangzhuo and even Hong Kong. There is a bus service that runs between the hotel and Hong Kong and another servicing Macao and Zhuhai.
Seven Star Crags and OYC Hotel Map: