Many people complain about the exorbitant price of Guangzhou hotels during Canton Fair. The prices double or triple the rate in regular days. However, it is still possible to find hotels that do not increase rates during the Canton Fair, but the key factor is that you should know what you are looking for in a hotel.
Basically, the hotels close to the Canton Fair Complex (Pazhou Complex), adjacent to the metro and in the city center would without doubt increase rates during Canton Fair. If you would like to find an economic hotel, you should have a clear idea of your requirements.
The common mistake in booking hotel would include following considerations: close to shopping malls, city center, central business district, metro station, etc. However, the fact is that Pazhou Complex is located in the southeast part of Guangzhou with easy transportation to several highways, thus, you can get fast access to the suburbs or neighboring cities in the Pearl River Delta.
Indeed, the transportation time for going to the suburbs is almost the same with the time spent on going back to the city center taking traffic jam into consideration.
Another criterion you should make clear is that where will you spend most of your time. If you spend most of your time on Canton Fair Complex and stay at the hotel in the evening, then you should find a hotel with good facilities such as fast internet access and quite environment. Nevertheless, it is not necessarily to be located near Pazhou Complex or the metro station. In this case, it is recommended to book a hotel in the suburb. Take a taxi, get on the highway to go back and forth. It would usually take about 30-40 minutes at the cost of around $8-12. The rate for the hotel would usually be about $20-40, so that you would make up a lot compared with living in the city center. Moreover, some hotels offer free shuttle bus from Pazhou Complex to the hotel, so do not limit your choice by only staying in the city center.
Finding hotels that are not aware of the Canton Fair would also help save a lot. Indeed, these kinds of hotels would usually be a distance away from the Pazhou Complex or the city center, or the hotel does not target overseas customers coming for the Canton Fair. Therefore, you can find hotels at normal rates.