I have been a fan of the Jinjiang hotel chain for about 7 years, but this stay may have changed my mind. The hotel was as expected, basic, clean, and cheap. The problem is that it was advertised as being within walking distance of Nanjing East Metro Station. It is within walking distance, but you wouldn't want to try if you have suitcases. The map coordinates the hotel provided are not correct and show the hotel three times closer to the station than it really is. When you finally do get in sight of the hotel, you find that you can't cross the street at ground level. You have to drag your suitcase/s up 75 steps, cross over the street, and then drag them down another 75 steps. This is not an experience to make you happy to have chosen this hotel.
Then there is the problem of trying to get back to Nanjing East Station. Taxis will not drive you there because it's not far enough. This is not supposed to happen in China, but it does. ALL the time. The best you can do is ask to go to a station a minimum of Y40 (US$7.50) away and then once on the road, hand over the money and ask to the driver to drop you off at Nanjing East. All with pre-written destination in hand and lots of pantomime.
Most Jinjiang Inns I've stayed at have been fine, if basic, Chinese motel type hotels. My problems are only with this specific location and the problems getting to and from the hotel.
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