Sofitel Nanjing Zhongshan Golf Suning
What We Love
- All rooms have balconies overlooking the 27-hole Nanjing Zhongshan International Golf Course or Purple Mountain
- Three restaurants including a traditional Cantonese dining room
- Spa treatments combine traditional Asian therapies and French products
What To Know
- Renovations are taking place until July 2014
- The resort is popular with weddings
- WiFi is free
- It’s a 20-minute drive from Tangshan Hot Spring Resort
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
In Jiangsu Province, a three-hour drive from Shanghai, Sofitel Nanjing Zhongshan Golf Resort is a sprawling five-star retreat at the foot of Purple Mountain. The 140 guestrooms feature blond wood furniture, chunky fabric wall tiles and Chinese silks and they all have balconies overlooking the mountain or the 27-hole Nanjing Zhongshan International Golf Course. The spacious rooms start at 650 square feet and come with separate dressing areas and bathrooms with tubs and rainfall showers. Beyond the fairway, the resort is home to tennis courts, a large indoor pool and a fitness center. Finish off an active day with a treatment in the spa; treatments combine traditional Asian therapies and French L’Occitane products. Dine on Asian-European fusion dishes at Le Pavillon, Italian pastas at Basilico or traditional Cantonese cuisine at Zijin Court and sip a post-dinner drink at La Veranda, a Euro-style lobby lounge and cigar bar.
In the Area
Nanjing has twice served as China’s capital and this university town is an interesting mix of crumbling ruins, super-size shopping malls and wide leafy boulevards lined with chic apartments. The Linggu Temple is home to the Beamless Hall, built in 1381 entirely out of brick and stone with no beam supports. Nanjing Museum, modern China’s first national museum has an impressive array of artifacts dating back to the Neolithic period, the building itself was constructed in 1933 in the style of a Ming temple. Head to the Great Nanjing Eatery, an old-style teahouse, for local snacks like duck blood soup with rice noodles, or Cosima Restaurant to mix things up with tapas and a glass of sangria. For a shopping fix, Aqua City is Nanjing’s newest mall and Librairie Avant-Garde is a huge indie book store in a disused bomb shelter.
How to Get There
Played two days here, although extremely hot (35 degree hot sun), the play is very nice. They told me the course is fully packed but I hardly see anyone in front or behind. The course is well maintained abnd easy to play. Caddies have good knowledge of the couse in terms of distance and orientation. Green is nice but many ball marks are not recovered, Caddies can do a better job.
Hotel room is very nice, spacious. breakfast area, however, a bit chaotic, things are in differnet areas.. drinks in one room, bread in another, you have to walk around to find food.
We were looking for a special place to hold our annual dinner for 30 people and we found it. Drinks at sunset overlooking the 18th hole followed by a 4 course meal served on the terrace under the stars made it a night to remember. The hotel did a great job. Beautiful decoration and setup, very attentive staff and good food.
5 Star Facility. Everything is in beautiful condition and luxurious. Extremely comfortable suite with large bathtub large shower separate areas for toilet shower tub and even walk in closet with some exercise equipment. Everyone is very merry and helpful. Four restaurants and the main restaurant has multiple ethic cuisines. Also a Golf Club Restaurant.
Gold course is a Gary Player Design and will give a good golfer quite the challenge.
Definitely recommended is your budget allows
We stayed at the Sofitel for 2 nights while in Nanjing. Unfortunately, our schedule was so jam packed with sight seeing activities with friends, we were only there to sleep and did not get to enjoy the property.
Check in was easy, appreciated after a very long day. Our room was very nice and had THE most comfortable bed of any hotel we stayed while on a 2 week vacation in China! The room was hot - not an uncommon issue- but we had a balcony that was very private so we just opened the door as it was very cool outside and it cooled off nicely.
I wish we had more time to enjoy the property as it was very upscale and the grounds were beautiful. We definitely recommended the property to our friends who live in Nanjing for other out of town guests they may have.
Ok, first-world problems... However, if you are the #1 property in Nanjing on Trip Advisor and bill yourself as a 5-star property, then it better be excellent. Against these standards, our stay was decidedly average, especially with the added expectation of the Club level. Emanuela was very kind at check-in, the room was exceptionally clean, and the children's play area was a nice touch. Beyond that, our stay did not measure up. It began with the statement that we were the "Guests of the Day" which sounded great, until I realized that the "special" benefits offered were nearly identical to the Club benefits I had already paid for. We were offered a coupon for a welcome drink upon arrival in the lobby lounge, which was great until we found that it only applied to a can of soda (no alcohol, tea or coffee included). We had high hope for the pool, which was Ok (a little dated and only set up for lap swimming), except that it had no sauna, steam room, or Jacuzzi. I was excited to go to the lounge, but found the food/drink selection lacking and was stopped at the door when I tried to take a Coke back to my room (also agree with previous reviewers that the hours are strange). Breakfast was reasonable, but not to the standard of other top properties in the city (and my iced coffee was literally hot coffee in.a mug with ice cubes) In all, this visit did not meet my expectations as someone that only rolls 5-star.