If you're not seeking luxury you won't be disappointed. It's a bog standard chain hotel and although it might like to believe that it's a little special it's actually very run of the mill. The reception desks are a tad small so this can make checking in and out seem a little longer than it should be but the staff are generally pleasant. The lobby is quite airy and you can see through to a fancy car showroom next door - somewhat of a juxtaposition, in my opinion.
I partook of my free drinks in the Safari Lounge upstairs. This is a curious little place with an African theme that wasn't busy when I was there until a bit later on. Unfortunately, I couldn't bear to put up with loud Chinese knocking back their glasses of free water so I quickly moved on. Nice complimentary breadsticks, though.
I've been here before and used the pool. I thought it was very pleasant. Small, yes, but very nicely decorated with a sort of oasis style atmosphere about it that was pretty good at disguising the fact that it's underground. They seem to go in for these themed public rooms here.
I have to say that I found the rooms much less impressive. Whilst generally clean, they can't help but look shabby because so many of the fittings are worn or scuffed and the vanity cabinet in the bathroom suffered terribly from peeling veneers. I also found the bathroom to be cramped and the amenities are of a lower standard than many other high-end chains. TV was ok but a bit fuzzy, Wifi worked fine and the bed was comfy. Overall though, it wasn't a quiet place and I could easily hear what was going on next door when I didn't want to.
Breakfast was alright with a reasonable choice and set in a fairly nice room but I didn't feel that the western hot food looked as appetizing as the local fayre. There is a good supermarket a couple of minutes walk to the left of the hotel in a shopping centre that has hot snacks and a very good selection of imported beers for the more discerning. Personally, I've always found it hard to understand how, given its history as a German concession, Qingdao can put its name to such an innocuous brew.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crowne Plaza Qingdao is located in the commercial and shopping center of Qingdao, overlooking the sail regatta venue of the 2008 Olympic Game. It is 40 minutes drive from Qingdao International Airport, 15 minutes drive from the Railway Station, and only 5 minutes walking from the beach. Our hotel has 3 restaurants and bars ,388 guestrooms and suites with specially designed accommodation for travelers with disabilities. There are also 16 serviced apartments with one or two bedrooms available to rent, equipped with full kitchen facilities and a spacious dining and living area. Well-known Murano's Italian Restaurant on 2nd floor.The SinnTakewaka Janpanese Restaurant on 4th floor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Qingdao Hotel Qingdao
- Qingdao Crowne Plaza