You want a room to be somewhere you seek refuge after a day of business or discovery. Here we wanted to prolong our day activities and evening meal so we didn't have to return to the Guan Zhong Hotel until we really had to. Well located admittedly, near the city walls and Muslim quarter (and actually an excellent Chinese restaurant next door and a western style bakery just around the corner with decent coffee).
However, this really was the only selling point. Even our Chinese guide had told us that the people at the front desk were unhelpful and then when we got to our room the real fun started. We'd evidently been booked into a suite room, full of a gambling table and various bizarre items such as sex oil, ladies and gentleman's underwear available to purchase in the room. However the most overpowering memory was the stale smoke and extremely dirty carpet. There was cigarette ash that the maid had left by the bedside and the bathroom was highlighted by the sink leaking. We told the reception staff about this and then, when we returned 5 hours later, this hadn't been sorted and neither had the cigarette ash been cleaned. By this time though it was very late and thankfully we departed, after a night in a hard bed (though this is the case in most Chinese hotels), the next morning. Not a pleasant experience and I'm a seasoned traveller used to slumming it at times.
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