I have recently returned from a business trip to Qingdao, China, staying at the Crowne Plaza, Qingdao. The hotel was very good but the location was not very good.
When I booked the room, I reserved a deluxe suite. The room itself was ideal for a business trip, reasonably sized lounge with a desk, full internet facilities, WIFi and cable. The bedroom had a kingsize bed with plenty of cupboard space for clothes. Both rooms had a TV. The bathroom was quite large, with both a walkin shower and a separate bath.
The room was clean and tidy, and the cleaner was excellent, as she would set come back to the room when I returned from work to make sure the room was to my satisfaction.
The hotel décor was typical Crowne plaza, and could do with modernising. The hotel is not for people who do not like lifts, as I was on the 18th floor, but rooms go to the 35th floor.
When I arrived, checkin was very good, with the two people on the desk both speaking good English. The deal I had booked, was without breakfast, but on checking in, the package was upgraded to include breakfast.
There were 3 restaurants in the hotel, Café Asia, where breakfast is served, the Murano, covering both Italian and Western food, and a Japanese Restaurant.
Breakfast was comprehensive, buffet style, with both Chinese and Western foods, and was excellent value and quality. The Murano, again was both excellent value and quality with steaks being cooked to perfection.
The location of the hotel, is at a cross roads, and can be a little noisy through the night. The area adjacent to the hotel lacked any good restaurants or bars, and also shops. The only shopping area near was a rather tacky, cheap area, adjacent to the stairs for the road crossing.
A bonus, for car enthusiasts is the Bentley showroom in the hotel, where you can live the dream of owning your own expensive car.
To get from the airport to the hotel, I arranged a limousing to pick me up and take me to the hotel. The distance is about 35K, and takes about 45 minutes. This was booked in the UK prior to my departure, and was well worth the cost. On leaving the hotel, I used a local taxi, which cost 150RMB.
- 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 7 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 Ah Yat Ablone on 2nd floor.The 1st floor shopping arcade provides world famous brand boutiques including Luois Vuitton, BOSS Celine etc. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Qingdao Hotel Qingdao
- Qingdao Crowne Plaza