I did not know I was staying here as it was booked by the local factory. I asked for a central location and they told me I was booked into a different hotel, so when we pulled up I was a little confused. As a result I had not read or are influenced by existing reviews.
Check in superb, everyone happy, everyone smiling - not always the case in China if you follow my trip. English a bit poor but then I am in a foreign country, you cannot expect it spot on all the time so you live with it and a lot of hand gesturing. Hotel has plenty of rooms as its pretty chilly in February so not many tourists so given immediate upgrade.
Two negatives, the hotel is situated on a semi-pedistrian crossroads and the traffic police stand on the corner blowing the whistle endlessly. I was above reception and across the road is a purple fronted shop which plays loud dance music. I had arrived in Suzhou at 13.00 having flown into Pudong and hired a driver, I was pretty tired but stood no chance with the noise.
Maid arrived at door with complimentary snacks and fruit, they appeared to be making an effort and considering I was to pay about £ 40 for the night, it was appreciated.
Ventured out around 16.00 and looked around the hotel. Tidy health centre, restaurent looked ok (didn't eat there) and there was a lobby bar and coffee shop.
Hotel looked dirty from inside looking out but was very clean inside. The windows on the outside were filthy but with amount of construction going on locally and looking at the cars you would assume it to be waste of time cleaning them. The debris on the roofs across the road a little off putting but at was not food or perishable waste seen in other cities around the world, just bricks, timber and plastic bags which had blown up there.
Went in Lobby Bar for late drink and the barman struggled with english so much that he thought I had come in for a sit down and no drink ! - I did not immediatley realize until it was obvious no drink was coming, so I went over to the chiller and picked my own out, the barman was really embarressed but it is not a negative point it made me smile.
Check out really easy but no itemized invoice, just a Suzhou General Invoice for Service. Stood waiting for my driver for fifteen minutes and the bell boys kept me amused with their attempts to hold discussion.
Great location, right in the hub of suzhou, a very lively city. Not sure its for tourists at the current time due to the whole city undergoing re-development but for business travellers who are unlikely to be entertained by clients / suppliers the location is fantastic if you have no desire to stay in your hotel. The music over the road quitens down at abour 22.00 but the police man is on duty from about 7.00 so no lie in.
Not sure what rating you could give it for class. Probably 5 for effort and staff, but maybe no more than a 3 star for furnishings etc but good enough for me.
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