I consider several factors in choosing a hotel, then rating it afterwards. I also try and get hotels that have character or a feel for where we are, or the type of trip I am on. In other words, when in Prague, I don't want the Hilton.
Reviews by others are very important, and we do our homework. Also considered are location, price, breakfast, communication.
Comfort, lighting, bathroom space, water pressure...all things that make a stay or can ruin it.
That said, we were on our first ever tour and our first time in China. We stayed where the group stayed and I didn't do the usual research, although I DId read the reviews.
We loved the location. That was really key for this trip. it was so nice to be able to get out and walk around the city and explore. I recommend going outside the wall and walking around. It was a nice cultural experience. We did not go on top.
The bathroom had a small counter but we managed. Lighting and water pressure were good. the bed was harder than we are used to but we managed just fine. Love the silk comforters we got in the hotels, so even bought one for home. I liked the window treatments. Very different, but worked great for us. Older tv with limited chanels, but adequate when we were there to explore not the tv. The tiny pool was not heated, jacuzzi not full. My brother in law went to use it and the really nice staff tried filling it with a hose for him. Kind of funny, but he appreciated their efforts.
We enjoyed the breakfasts served in each hotel. I stuck mainly with the local fare and it was all good, but after 2.5 weeks I can't recall one from the other.
We had ipad wifi trouble everywhere we went in China, including airports, so by now we had adapted.
Take the time to explore.
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