I speak Chinese and have been here a while so I know it is easier for me to get around than for those who don't. That said, I think this is a good place to stay for those who are new to China, or whose Mandarin is weak. The front desk spoke a bit of English, and the breakfast venue also had a person who spoke a little. Easy to take a cab downtown, jump on the bus to Dongfeng and switch to minibus to Shaolin (ignore touts, walk into the bus station, queue up and buy a ticket, it's easy).
The room was clean and comfortable, and despite some reviews personally this place wasn't that hard to find. There seem to be 2 holiday inns on the premises, one either side of the Crowne Plaza. We tried to check in at one and they sent a bellboy to escort us over to the one where our booking was.
Getting a cab was easy enough - like anywhere, just walk out onto the main road and hail one. Best to check which way you are heading because U-turns aren't so easy on that road. Basically if you have the hotel behind you, it's left (hail across the street) if you're going to the Zhengzhou station and bus station downtown, and right (on hotel side of street) if you are going to Zhengzhou East bullet train station (and NOTE: bullet trains to Luoyang Longmen go from Zhengzhou as well - read your ticket carefully).
Breakfast included nice coffee from a machine and they had a small but nice selection of cheese, bread, even some little pseudo-croissants. Mostly seemed to be Chinese businessmen in the hotel but they enforced the non-smoking rule in the breakfast room.
Our stay was a little more pricey than it was probably worth but I have zero complaints about this hotel. Checkout was efficient, the bill was right, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zhengzhou, in Henan Province - Central China's capital for business and major industries. Holiday Inn Zhengzhou is located in the city center and along the main avenue of Jinshui Road and is interconnected with the Crowne Plaza Zhengzhou. It offers you warm & friendly service, extensive recreational facilities and up to date modern requirements for both business and leisure travellers. Be yourself at the Holiday Inn Zhengzhou and feel right at home. Also as a guest of the Holiday Inn Zhengzhou, you can also utilise the facilities of the Crowne Plaza Zhengzhou. ... more less
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