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The Interlaken OCT Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   East Dameisha, Yantian District, Shenzhen 518083, China (Dameisha)   |  
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Ranked #38 of 1,808 hotels in Shenzhen
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“Very nice, though not perfect”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I would give this 3.5 stars if that were an option. The lobby of the hotel is exquisite when you first walk in: chirping song birds, marble everywhere, and beautiful glass sculpture artwork. We stayed in a suite, and it was incredibly well appointed. It had very satisfying bathrooms complete with a private sauna, a comfortable bed, and a spacious sitting room featuring a Bose sound system. There was even a window-side soaking tub. It was, without doubt, absolutely the largest and most luxurious hotel room I've stayed in. The breakfast buffet was quite impressive, as well--a wide array of choices to suit every taste.

The resort is tucked away in the mountains on the outskirts of Shenzhen. The park is built on an interesting amalgamation of imitation Old Europe and random Chinese cultural icons like a giant Buddha. It's perfect for the average Shenzhenite looking for a quick getaway. But to call it an international resort, as it claims, is a stretch. Like most places in the tropical south China climate, the hotel hasn't figured out how to deal with humidity--so the scent of mold remains incongruously in the air in spite of all the opulence. This is rarely the case in true international hotels like the JW Marriott or the Peninsula. Also, the staff do not speak any languages besides Chinese, which is not convenient in an international resort. The soaking tub bore a suspicious layer of grime, which made me hesitate to use it (though my husband convinced me to, and I lived, so you decide...). The other attractions of the resort also fell short. The T Show was fantastic--but everything else was a yawn. Not sure why they have such difficulty with transportation in this place, but if you're going to build a sprawling complex straddling a bunch of mountains, then have more than one creaky ski lift to get you from place to place, and have way more shuttles! The amusement park was a very unsuccessful imitation of Disney World... even the temple, which may have been cool, is too much of a modern contrivance--this is China, there are genuine thousand year old grottoes one could see that are a train ride's distance away. Finally, the different flavored hot spring baths in the resort are all gimmicks. I am pretty sure there is no wine or coffee or whatever in those pools, just recycled bath water :) Though to be fair, the little pools with the fish that eat your dry skin was pretty interesting. Anyway, all these shortcomings are unfortunate, because all the elements for a fantastic resort are there--the beautiful rooms, the nice scenery, the interesting concept. But it seems like they just haven't figured out the right touch yet.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Marcom D, at The Interlaken OCT Hotel, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Thank you for your feedback to your recent stay at our Interlaken OCT Hotel. We are happy to hear our hotel breakfast buffet and facilities did meet your expectations and also we appreciate you taking the time to comment on our shortcomings.

Your comment is highly appreciated and we would pass it to our Hotel Management and OCT East Theme Park Management. We would work hard on our hotel room service and improve our English communication skills, and we hope that you will come back and try us again.

If you don't mind, please leave us your email address, we will add you to our newsletter and special offer will be provided for your next stay. Thanks again for your advice and we look forward to welcoming you back at our OCT East Theme Hotel Cluster on your next visit to Shenzhen.

Best Wishes!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Hong Kong, China
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Like most things in China, the outside is always a deception on what is in the inside. What it meant to be a six star establishment really meant that each of the services and amenities offered inside the hotel is one star each, adding up to a total of six stars. Poor maintainence, poor managment, lousy food quality, poor transportation arrangements, and the list goes on. I arrived at Zone A of the bus depot where I thought a hotel shuttle would be picking us up. However, upon arrival, we were asked to take a public bus No. 909 which would take us to the hotel. The bus was essentially for staff going around the facilities. In addition to the CNY 10 for each passenger, we had to take with us all the lugguages and golf clubs on board. Frankly, the experience getting to the hotel was not a pleasant one. Don't expect anything special out of this hotel. The only thing that is six star in this hotel is the price.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Marcom D, at The Interlaken OCT Hotel, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Thank you for your review of your stay at our Interlaken OCT Hotel. We are sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations. We would work hard on our customer service within each department and hope that you will come back and try us again. Thanks for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back at our OCT East Theme Hotel Cluster on your next visit to Shenzhen. Best Wishes!
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

The first review i ever write in tripadvisor.

The staff in concierge, reject all your reasonable request in poor attitude.

The waitress in Chinese restaurant on 6/F, no service to my family after we wait 15 minutes.The waitress no response to the question you ask her.

5 stars priced but 0 star service.
Not recommended to stay in this hotel if you want a little bit of services.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Marcom D, at The Interlaken OCT Hotel, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
It is our main goal to provide our guests with a pleasant stay and we are very sorry to read about your complaints. Your comment is highly appreciated and it will be forwarded to our appropriate department and we hope you would see an improvement in the condition you mentioned in future.

Thanks for your comment and we look forward to welcoming you back at our OCT East Theme Hotel Cluster on your next visit to Shenzhen. Best Wishes!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We spent our CNY holiday there. My family with small children booked 3 ngts fully prepaid. We were shocked when check-in at the hotel because the front desk told me that we have booked only 2 nights and NEVER paid. I requested the third night room staying because we have no where to go with luggages and small children. They said that hotel was full house. we ran to the room and phoned to travel agent. They were very sure my booking was 3 nights with fully paid. They hold the line trying to call to hotel researvation to get immediate confirmation, after 20 minutes no one pick-up the call. After 4 times phone calls (everytime over 15 mins with hotels.com and 3 times face to face checking with front desk staff). They told me to come again the following day because reservation dept. was off-duty. We spent more than 2 hours for this matter and did not go sight-seeing on the first day as we were very much worried. In the next morning I wrote a letter to front desk explain my situation (no place to stay with small children) and request their help to arrange the third night staying in any case. Also, I remembered that I had another CANCELLED reservation with other agency for 2 nights (different room type) but I have been cancelled on end of Jan. After the breakfast a lady of front desk phoned me and said they will arranged the same room letting us to stay one more night and the room have been paid. I asked them the reason they said that they never received the cancellation notification from first booking that why they used the wrong booking of our staying. I WONDER that how possible both reservation and front desk dept. made the same mistake never check the booking reference number ! No apologize from the hotel and I think they were trying to cover the mistake!
About the hotel and factilies : We had dinner buffet and breakfast at coffeeshop the food and service was disappointment. Furniture in room and balcony very old, Ipod docking doesn't worked at all but house keeping was good. We were surprised that the windows in the toliet and balcony door (facing to the road) were opened after house keeping cleaned. Interlaken Hot spring also poor maintainence too! The SPA restaurant food was good but service below standard. ONLY Environment was good.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Marcom D, at The Interlaken OCT Hotel, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Thank you for your review of your stay at our Interlaken OCT Hotel. We are so sorry to hear of the issue you experienced during your stay. Your comment is highly appreciated and it will allow us to serve you better in future. We would enhance communication between our hotel and travel agent to avoid mistakes, on the other hand, we would work hard on our customer service within each department and hope that you will come back and try us again.

Once again we apologise that you were disappointed with your stay and we hope you will have a change of mind and return to our Interlaken OCT Hotel where we hope you will give us the opportunity to restore your faith in us.

Thanks for your advice and we look forward to welcoming you back at our OCT East Theme Hotel Cluster on your next visit to Shenzhen. Best Wishes!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This hotel needs urgent improvement in staff training and transportation arrangement!

I bought a hotel and transportation package from China Travel Agency. The CTS bus dropped us at Zone B17 of the OCT carpark and told us to wait for the hotel shuttle. Yes, CTS did tell me there would be hotel shuttle of which I needed to pay RMB10. We waited at B17 for more than half an hour but could not see any hotel shuttle. We had to find our own way to the hotel. No taxi was available in the area and at last we were told that we should take the No. 909 bus. My god! I couldn't imagine that I should take the bus to this 5 star hotel. The worst thing was when we finally found the bus stop, we saw a very long queue waiting. So, this was what being offered to the hotel guest! When I checked out my room and politely asked the counter staff whether there was hotel transportation down to the OCT car-park. She told me either to take the bus 909 or the theme park train and then change the cable car. Again, no taxi or hotel transportation could be arranged. So, this hotel is simply telling me not to come back!!

The hotel counter ladies generally did not have any courtesy. When I checked in, one lady staff told me to go to the counter on the other side. When I went to the other side, the lady there told me to go back to the original counter where I came. When I politely told her that I was actually sent by her colleagues to go there, she gave me an angry face and did the check in, obviously with much reluctance. The staff that we encountered in the counter and also the cafe were generally impolite and lack of courtesy! For an expensive hotel like this, I don't know why the service is at such standard!

That said, the room is spacious and generally clean. The theme park is good for relaxation, but I won't go there again unless the hotel pick up is improved!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Marcom D, at The Interlaken OCT Hotel, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review of your stay at our Interlaken OCT Hotel!

it’s our mission to provide exceptional experience by striving to delight each guest through consistent display of caring services, we are very sorry that you had a such unpleasant impression about our service and we are sorry for the inconveniences you experienced upon your arrival at OCT East car-park.

Your negative comment is highly appreciated and it will be forwarded to our management, meanwhile, we will enhance our service training and make good communication with OCT East management on the transportation issue. We would work hard on the issues you mentioned and hope that you will come back and try us again.

Thank you again for your comment and it will allow us to serve you better in future. We look forward to welcoming you back at our OCT East Theme Hotel Cluster on your next visit to Shenzhen.

Best Wishes!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here with my wife and 9 month old son for 2 days/1 night.

When I checked in the receptionist said that my travel agent had booked me for a twin bedroom instead of the single large bed one. I explained to her that my son needed to sleep inbetween my wife and myself to prevent him from falling off thr sides of the bed.

She said sorry but I would have to add about USD 50 to get that single bed.

I called my travel agent and he said that on the hotel's partnership website, it had clearly stated that this type of room was available.

I then asked if they could push the two beds together and she said no.

I then asked her if she wanted me to look the website up for her to show her but she said no and that she would look into it later.

After about 30 minutes of arguing she finally gave her manager a call and the manager agreed to give me the single bed room.

Now off to the room.

The room she gave me was still a twin bedroom. I called downstairs and she told me she had made a mistake. She gave me the new room number and I went there and waited about 15-20 minutes before the bellboy brought up the new key.

The next day was quite bad weather and I called down to see if I could get a later checkout to stay in the hotel for a few hours later to see if the weather would get any better.

She said said NO and that the hotel was fully packed but I felt that the hotel was quite empty.

I travel around the world very frequently and stay in quite a lot of hotels year round and most do accommondate me for this if the hotel isnt packed

So my suggestion to you.

DO NOT stay in this hotel.

The 5 star Sheraton is about 15 minutes away and their service is absolutely astounding.

Everything besides the hotel staff and attitude is great though.

The park, the shows, all good.


  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Marcom D, at The Interlaken OCT Hotel, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with us. We are sorry to hear of the issues you experienced during your stay.

We would enhance communication between our hotel and travel agent to avoid mistakes, on the other hand, we would work hard on our customer service within each department and hope that you will come back and try us again.

Thank you again for letting us know about your issues while staying with us, we hope you will give us the opportunity to restore your faith in us.

We look forward to welcoming you back at our OCT East Theme Hotel Cluster on your next visit to Shenzhen. Best Wishes!
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012 via mobile

Moist smell inside the room. Poor food quality in the restaurant. Egg without egg taste, tomato without tomato taste. Roasted beef is dry. No wifi in room. called " interlaken" but have to paid if u wanna visit the lake.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Marcom D, at The Interlaken OCT Hotel, responded to this review, September 21, 2012
Thank you for your review of your stay at our Interlaken OCT Hotel. We are sorry to hear of the issues you experienced during your stay. Your comment is highly appreciated and it will be forwarded to the appropriate departments and we hope you would see improvement at your next stay. Thanks again for your comment and we look forward to welcoming you back at our OCT East Theme Hotel Cluster on your next visit to Shenzhen. Best Wishes!
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Address: East Dameisha, Yantian District, Shenzhen 518083, China
Location: China > Guangdong > Shenzhen > Dameisha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 1,808 hotels in Shenzhen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Interlaken OCT Hotel 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amongst Mountains and Water, the Dream of Switzerland Located at the small Interlaken town in OCT East, Shenzhen, the Interlaken OCT Hotel is surrounded by the hills on the side and water on the other, with natural mountains, water, as well as European town sceneries. As an ultra-deluxe five-star hotel, the Interlaken OCT Hotel's main building, town house, residences, pool villas and Castle Interlaken set off each other. The hotel is designed uniquely and art elements go into every detail. ... more   less 
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