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“By the beach” 4 of 5 stars
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Huanghai Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No.75 Yan'an First Road, Shinan District, Qingdao 266003, China   |  
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Ranked #39 of 1,375 Hotels in Qingdao
Upstate NY
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“By the beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2008

This is a resort-format hotel a couple furlongs back from the beach, in the older, western section of town. I paid about $85 a night on business.

The room itself was clean and functional, the fixtures comparable to an American hotel in that price range, though the interior not as new as what you find in the newer hotels. If you want non-smoking you have to ask for the non-smoking floor.

The location is pretty nice. You can see, and when the sea-breeze blows, hear, the beach from the higher floors (about 7 & up). The windows open so you can let the sea-breeze in. The Badaguan area is close by, as are Zhongshan Lu and the new rail station (when they finish it).

I met only one other Westerner when I was here. Most of the patrons are vacationers, who were sometimes noisy into the night.

The internet connectivity to the US wasn't very good, an increasingly common problem with Chinese hotels. Speed was only marginally better than dial-up. A room with internet is 100 RMB extra. In hindsight I probably shouldn't have bothered and just gone to the business center.

The breakfast spread was better than average for a Chinese hotel. Not that much Western style food though.

The available common facilities seem to be aimed at delivering a complete vacation package all in the hotel. Among them are a couple different styles of restaurants, a fairly complete business center, and some retail shopping. And a KTV & girly massage parlor if you are into that sort of thing. The weight room equipment covered most of the basics. There is a billiards table and hair salon. An airline ticket office is in a nearby outbuilding

In sum, this is a good hotel for a vactioner on a budget. It is OK as a business hotel but not the best choice for that purpose unless you have a reason to be in that area.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2007

I have traveled to P. R. China about 10 times, and have stayed at about 25-30 hotels in China, ranging from 3-star to 5-star. I have always found the hotels were properly rated until this visit. I do not know how the Haunghai Hotel got its 4th star. I was there for four days.

The room was no more than 3-star, and ditto for the service. The lock on my room broke (using a card-key), and after three days being let in by housekeeping whenever I needed to get in, they finally admitted the lock was broken (after blaming me for not knowing how to use the card in the lock for three days), and with only one night more, they made me pack up and move all my luggage to another room.

The rooms didn't even have a clock, much less an alarm that could be set. The air conditioning was not sufficient; it was about 80F in my room. The hotel website advertises CNN and NHK programming. There was no CNN. I don't think there was NHK, but I don't speak Japanese, so I'm not sure. CCTV channel 9 (Chinese government-run English language channel) was the only English language channel. There was no radio or other music in the room. They charged a high amount for Internet service in their business center. The bathroom had a faint ripe-onion aroma I associate with 3-star hotels. (On the positive side, the shower was great; plenty of hot water.)

The only thing 4-star about the hotel is the breakfast, which did rate the 4th star; it was very good. I note that until recently, the hotel was a 3-star hotel. Since Qingdao is hosting the sailing portions of the 2008 Olympics, maybe the city had to show a certain number (or percentage) of 4- and 5-star hotels.

I was there attending a conference. My wife travels with me about half the time I go to China. I am thankful she wasn't along for this trip, and didn't have to put up with the Haunghai Hotel.

  • Liked — Breakfast
  • Disliked — The room
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2005

Stayed at this hotel June '04. Hotel itself was very clean and modern. Standard rooms with a beautiful oceanview. Amenities included all toiletries, electric thermos to heat water, decent tv and a stiff bed (it seems all beds in China are very stiff). Restaurants were very good. I had an American breakfast included with my room. Another restaurant was a buffet type with large variety of Chinese food plus all the Singtao beer you could drink. Entertainment was a karaoke club but I did not use it. I was solicited a few times to use the massage therapy facilities to "relieve" stress. The hotel is a 5 minute walk to the ocean which was very clean and enticing. The one drawback about this hotel is that outside of the hotel, there are very few restaurants within walking distance, so you had to use a cab (fares are very cheap though). Terrific seafood at most restaurants in and out of the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2004
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.75 Yan'an First Road, Shinan District, Qingdao 266003, China
Location: China > Shandong > Qingdao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 1,375 Hotels in Qingdao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Huanghai Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 347
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