an american in jinghong
this was my first visit to jinghong and i came primarily to visit and learn about the pu'er tea growing areas in the surrounding areas and ended up thrilled with the hotel and the city of Jinghong
Reviews of the local hotels, from a western perspective, were pretty scary altho most reviews were a year or two old. I finally decided on this one believing it was the best of a poor lot but I was very pleasantly surprised and consider it one of the best, certainly by value, of any during my 3 weeks of travel in China, Laos and Thailand.
The hotel itself is of a grand style ,well maintained and the rooms are large and well appointed and properly cleaned each day. Large marbled lobby that seemed constantly being swept and cleaned , impressive art and antiques scattered around- and a large friendly staff.
Jinghong is a very popular tourist destination for chinese - but these days nearly everywhere in China is packed with travelling Chinese. Jinghong , though busy, is relatively laid back with little crassness and pushiness and many very nice outdoor dining cafes along the tree lined avenues adjacent to the hotel.
The primary difficulties were that no-one behind the desk spoke English and I am basically illiterate in Chinese. This could be a big problem for some but if you want to go to Jinghong - and I highly recommend it - then you need to have patience, a sense of humor, and a good translator app on your tablet or phone and a sense of adventure.