Looking for a hotel to stay in Shenzhen? I remember those first trips over to Shenzhen, China all the way from America and I had no idea where to stay. Lucky for me I had some friends in Hong Kong who had contacts in Shenzhen (back in 2007!) and helped arrange a hotel for me.
Today, I’m writing this guide for someone like me – on their first trip to China and having no idea which kind of hotel to stay in!
This post first started for our Cross Border Summit as attendees asked for hotels near the venue, and that is how it will start. We will add more hotels as we go along, so check up on this same post in the future! And as always, if you have recommendations or feedback on certain hotels, please leave a comment at the end of this post!
Hotels Near Our First Cross Border Summit, At Shekou IT Torch Park (Netvalley)
Coming to our conference and not sure where to stay – these next few hotels are within a block or two from our summit, and will “take care of ya”. Mention Cross Border Summit and you’ll receive a discount as well.
Here’s a list of the names, then you can scroll down to find the details for each of these.
If it’s not on this list, then it is a bit further (taxi ride) away, which may or may not be an issue for you.
Day Hello Hotel
This is a private hotel, but a well decorated and right in the middle of the Netvalley complex.
Located at No. 1059 Nanhai Road, Nan Shan, Shenzhen
Regular Twin Bed 438 RMB
Deluxe Twin Bed 538 RMB
This is a new hotel I’m not familiar with, but exactly across the street from the venue. Its its own building, and the management has been pretty friendly with us as we discuss hotel rooms with them. The pricing is:
Self-booking Discounted Pricing:
Regular Twin Bed 448 RMB
Deluxe Twin Bed 588 RMB
7 Days Inn
This is a big chain throughout China. Some friends even have VIP member cards. Its a budget hotel for business travels. Rates currently range around 200 to 300 Chinese Yuan (about 50 to 65 USD) per night.
General Membership Pricing:
Regular Twin Bed 229 RMB (without breakfast)
Business Twin Bed 282 RMB (without breakfast)
The closest one to our summit would be at the Crossing line of Nanhai Avenue and Industry Seventh Road, (gong ye 7 road)
Nanshan District, Shenzhen 518054, China
There are a couple of these near the venue, and plenty throughout Shenzhen (currently 19 in this city alone) and the rest of China!
A top of the line hotel, my friend and podcast guest Steve Marsh says this should be a 6 star hotel if there was a rating! Right in the heart of Seaward in Shekou, top of the line rooms, pool, etc.
If you are good at searching for deals the price can be as low as $150 USD a night.
This is about a 5 minute taxi ride from our venue, and will be by far one of the highest class there is in town!
You can find details and bookings can on their website.
This one feels like the equivalent of Motel 6 in America. I feel like there should be a sign “we’ll leave the light on for ya”. When I first came to China, the 168 meant that there was always a hotel in there that cost 168 RMB. This is back in 2007, that was about $25usd at a 7.4 exchange rate. And the more premium hotel in this chain called Motel 268, meaning rooms started at the 268 rate. Pretty easy to remember and clear before entering.
The number 168 also represents “work” in Chinese. So this chain is also targeting the business traveller.
Nowadays this has turned into just a number in their brand. Tates have increased about the 168 rate and people are still filling the place up! I’d say it is fine to stay in, but will have the simple essentials.
Another big chain throughout China. Like 7 Days Inn and Motel 168, it is for the busy business traveler who is on a budget. Rooms pretty straightforward and basic. They have locations across Shenzhen and other parts of China. I do have friends who have VIP cards and get deals at these places.
They don’t seem to have an English website that I can find.
Hostel in OCT (Overseas Chinese Town)
This one is popular with a lot of entrepreneurs I have known who are passing through.
OCT is a pretty artistic (can we call it hipster?) area in Shenzhen, and will allow you to
You can find their website can at
Check Shenzhen Party’s hotel Listings
And of course, our friend and ally, Shenzhen Party is another good source for English information. They have the latest hotels in Shenzhen, China. So if this short list doesn’t help you out, I’d suggest you hop on over to their website and browse around. They work hard to add all the hotels as they come (and go)
Plenty of Local Choices
The tricky part is – if you’re on a real budget, where to stay can get complicated. There are a lot of great deals, but they don’t have English websites, and you can’t book in advance – at least not overseas.
What I did was I had my Chinese assistant book for me before I flew over. She searched for hotels near the factories and venues I was looking to stay, and reserved. Many times the hotels won’t need money up front, and will hold your reservation for most of the evening.
Though it was a funny story: one of my earlier trips (think my second trip to China) I had a delay with my flight and finally got to the hotel at about midnight. They didn’t hold my reservation! They didn’t think I was showing up – I think they waited until about 9pm, then released it for other guests. So just find out the terms and conditions of the reservation and how long they will hold it for you. Especially if you’re flying in from overseas – flights are often delayed. Plus you can get a bit lost finding the place, so have a back up at least or a local Chinese assistant to help you out.
Your Favorite Shenzhen Hotel? Any Tips?
Now it’s your turn! Have you stayed over in Shenzhen before? Where did you stay? Was it a good deal, good price? Helpful staff. I’d love to hear all your feedback and ideas. We will work to add good hotels to this list and help new travelers to this unique and growing city called Shenzhen
To our mutual international business success!