If you don't need a huge room, this might be your best bet in Zhengzhou. This Express, like many no frills hotels, is themed on efficiency, and it scores high for that.
First, location. This hotel is next to the other IC family hotels, the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza. No idea why the owner lumped all three in the same place. Funny thing is, while the three hotels are next to each other, the Holiday Inn Express actually connects to an even better hotel, the Sofitel. So if you wanted to use Sofitel's bars, pool, fitness center (for additional charge, of course), you don't even have to walk outside. The complex is also only a block from the airport bus stop at the Aviation Hotel.
Eateries and facilities. Not much, but a funky 24-hour restaurant next to the lobby. Out the front door and to the left is the New Island Cafe, an Up-Island Cafe (big chain) knock-off, with a large selection of meals at a reasonable price. In the vicinity are lots of restaurants, both up- and down-scale.
The room. Not huge, but easily bigger than most no-frills hotels. It's big enough so that a small love seat and side table were in the room and it didn't feel cramped. Everything felt clean and modern. Cable TV didn't have CNN, but did have BBC, NHK, etc. Also, room included two bottles of water and coffee packs, stuff you would normally get in higher-starred hotels.
Service. Front desk was very friendly. Cafe staff attentive.
At a little over $50 USD (what I paid at the time), this is not the cheapest Holiday Inn Express out there, but an excellent value I would recommend.
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