I travelled to Qingdao with a Chinese colleague in April 2012, and we had heard that this hotel should be good. We arrived rather late and the check-in was a 20 minute test of my patience. First of all staff spoke no English, at least not enough to be able to ask questions in a civilized manner. They also chraged a deposit of the double of what the room charge would be, and even if I tried to ask several times (even my Chinese colleague asked) why the deposit was so high we never got an answer. Anyway.
Room was quite dark and very cold. The week we were in Qingdao it was about 13-15 C degrees outside. The AC was only with Chinese characters, so I tried a while to find some heat, but failed. Now was about midnight and I needed some heat in the room before I could sleep so I called the reception. The night staff did however not understand what I was asking, so the conversation ended we me having booked a morning call. So I had to sleep in the cold.
In addition, the first thing I see on the already spotted and rather dirty wall-to-wall carpets was a BIG insect trampled in to the carpet next to the bed. I tried to carefully remove it, but the fluids of it had already dried in to the carpet, so it was just stuck. This was maybe only one room, but I still got a pretty dirty feeling just being there. Dirty and cold.
Breakfast. I am a great fan of Chinese food. But in the morning hot dishes are too much for me. What was left then was some small selection of salad and fruit. There is also an egg station, where the eggs are nicely prepared when you have made your order understood.
We stayed two nights, and also my colleague was rather disappointed. We will go to Qingdao again in two weeks time and she has already promised we will stay at Shangri-La this time.
The hotel is run down, my room was dirty, and service was sometimes non-existent.
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