There are 3 major places you can stay when you are in Zhangjiajie: Zhangjiajie Downtown, Wulingyuan Scenic Area and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Downtown, when you are choosing hotels, the location of your stay plays a very important role. Here I am glad to give you some suggestions on this issue.
Zhangjiajie is a small city with a history of only more than 30 years, as the developing of the tourist industry, now there are a lot of good hotels in Zhangjiajie City, the most popular ones are Sunshine Hotel, Huatian Hotel, Best Western Grand Hotel and so on. You can choose to stay in Zhangjiajie City if you want to visit Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain, Tianmen Mountain is located in Zhangjiajie City, very near to railway station, bus station and airport. Most flights land in Zhangjiajie in the evening, so you can also spend your frist night in Zhangjiajie city if you arrive in Zhangjiajie in the evening.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Downtown:
This downtown is very popular in 1990s, Yellow Stone Village and Golden Whip Stream are the earliest developed scenic area in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, most visitors chose to stay here during that time. The hotels in this place are often simple, some farmers’ guesthouses inside the park can be quite rudimentary. It is very convenient to visit Yellow Stone Village, Yaozi Village and Golden Whip Stream if you stay this downtown, the most popular one is Pipaxi Hotel.
Wulingyuan Downtown is the best place for staying where is not only near to almost scenic spots in Zhangjiajie such as Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Yellow Dragon Cave, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, Baofeng Lake and so on, but it also offers all kinds of hotels, even including some international 5 star hotels( Pullman Hotel, Crown Plaza ), there are also a lot of hostels which are available if you have economical budget. At the same time, the night life in this downtown is also colorful, after checking in hotel, you can have a leisure walking to Xibu Street, enjoy a wonderful local show in The Charming of Xiangxi Dance Theater and so on. Last but not least, you can stay inside Zhangjiajie National Forest Park when you want to take some sunrise photos, most backpackers choose to stay in Tianzi Mountain and Dingxiangrong Downtown.