Overall a good hotel. Clean and mostly excellent staff. Often very difficult to get a taxi as the main entrance is on a bit of a side street. I am reviewing my last 2 stays in this review as the problems I had we're similar on both stays. The last time we stayed was not during a public holiday period. We booked the club floor as we wanted to be able to use the Premier lounge for breakfast and the happy hour. On checking in we were told that the lounge wasn't open for breakfast because there weren't enough customers to warrant opening it for breakfast. So we would have to use the restaurant like everyone else. I asked how they could charge me extra for services I wouldn't be getting? Eventually I was begrudgingly given a VERY slight reduction in my room rate 'because the happy hour is still on' briefly happy hour consists of a whiskey, a rum, a gin, a red and white wine. And some very,very luke warm fried -from -frozen convenience food - onion rings, chips etc. one type of cold meat, one type of cheese. Fruit salad. Fried rice, you get the idea. Fast forward to this trip during the October 1st national holiday. We stayed in a premier floor room again, except this time it was one that had a connecting door ( a family room )except it sounded as though the other family next door were in the room with us. A note on travel and ALL Chinese hotels - don't go expecting a rest. Chinese folk use the corridors all hours of the day and night to hold long heated conversations, yelling at the top of their lungs. The thought is, if we're up EVERYBODY is up. And the louder and more often you can slam your door the better, especially if your neighbours from your hometown can hear the noise 'cos they will realise you are rich because you're staying n a hotel. This of course is not the fault of the hotel management. Anyway back to the business lounge this trip. The staff are delightful that work there. The breakfast is meagre and again luke warm food. On the last day my wife and I ordered an omelette after 40 minutes of apologies and no omelette we had to check out hungry. We were told amazingly when we arrived for breakfast to expect a Very long delay for food because of the national holiday, the restaurant was busy etc etc etc. so why were we paying more for less service? - bizarre reasoning. And one last point on the happy hour this visit, food still convenience food, left standing at luke warm temperatures but this time the soft drinks/mixer drinks fridge is LOCKED so you must ask every time you want anything to drink. The staff make a huge display of unlocking the fridge for you etc. so NOT a happy hour, just a begrudging hour. No more, I think I'll try another hotel, this isn't he way to treat loyal customers.
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- Holiday Inn Qingdao City Centre, conveniently located in the real heart of China Sailing City, which is near Carrefour, Jusco, Marina City and adjacent to Qingdao City Government, multinational offices such as Maersk, GE and Standard Chartered. Qingdao Cuisine Street is just round the corner and we are a 10-minute walk from the seaside and Olympic Sailing Center. We are also a 30-minute drive to Qingdao Liuting Airport and a 20-minute drive to Qingdao Railway Station. Holiday Inn Qingdao City Centre guestrooms all feature flat-screen televisions, satellite channels and ergonomic work spaces with high-speed Internet access. Host your events in our 11 meeting rooms including our Seasons Ballroom which seats 600 guests comfortably. Holiday Inn Qingdao City Centre banquets team can also customize our facilities to suit your events needs, whether it is a boardroom meeting, intimate champagne reception or grand wedding dinner. Renew your body with a gym workout or a swim in our modern Fitness Center. Indulge your appetite in our master chef’s finest creations at our Ocean Cafe with splendid city views and open kitchen concept. Yi Qing Yuan Chinese restaurant offers you plenty of Chinese fine-dining dishes. For meetings or just to relax, have afternoon tea or evening cocktails at The Lounge. You are at your best when you can truly be yourself. At Holiday Inn Qingdao City Centre, You Can Always Be Yourself. ... more less
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