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The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No.33 Taier Zhuang Road, Heping District, Tianjin 300040, China   |  
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Ranked #6 of 1,017 Hotels in Tianjin
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Great Falls, Virginia
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145 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Historical Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Being a high mileage traveller, I don't enjoy enjoy business hotels as much as I did during my early travel days. These days, I much prefer B&B, home stays and special / themed lodging etc. The Astor is a special hotel, full of history and the ambience in the old wing takes you back in time. I have never seen so many guests taking pictures in a hotel -- and indeed the hotel provides some excellent settings if you are a camera buff. Our room had a canopy bed, the floor had old hardwood with just the right amount of wear and squeak sound to take us back in time. Aside from what's inside the hotel (ambience, history) the outside is equally historical with the famous bank street just behind it, where hundreds of off shore banks had set up shop during the days when the 8 western powers had made Tianjin an open City. In fact, this hotel and the bank street and the old Italian neighborhood is a reason in itself to visit Tianjin. I made a reservation for a return visit at time of departure to bring my wife over for a visit as well.

Room Tip: Insist on staying in the old wing
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Christian M, General Manager at The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Dear Mirza,
Thank you very much for your stay at The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Tianjin!
Life is a collection of experiences, we are glad to see that the stay at Astor Hotel is meaningful and memorable for you as a mileage traveler. We are appreciate that you treasure everywhere of the hotel.
We are as a team trying our best to deliver the best service and quality to all our values guests. Please feel free to contact me via email to Christian.metzner@luxurycollection.com for anything we can assist you!
I hope we can welcome you at The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel in a not long distant future.
Best Regards!
Christian Metzner
General Manager
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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20 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I have stayed in almost all the luxury hotels in Tianjin and this is the only one I will stay in the future. I have stayed in this hotel many times over the past decade and over two weeks this time (two separate stays). The hotel is celebrating its 150 years anniversary, think about that! It is full of rich history, so many VIPs stayed here and so much has happened here. The celebrity photos in its museum reminds me of Hotel National in Moscow, another one of Sheraton hotel. The hardware can certainly benefit from upgrade but the staff are professional and try to help. Definitely worth a visit even if you stay in another hotel, as it is located on the financial district built over a hundred years ago, most of the buildings on the street are historical landmarks.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christian M, General Manager at The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Dear Justin,
Thank you very much for your stay at our hotel and share your great experience with us.
Life is a collection of experiences, we are so glad to see that you enjoyed your travel in this historical hotel, thank you again for your highly appreciation of hotel’s atmosphere and service. It’s our honor having you staying and experiencing the great moment of 150th Anniversary. Hotel team was and is always delivering the best service and product for all our valued guests.
Please so kind to email me at Christian.metzner@luxurycollection.com if there is anything we can assist.
We also hope to welcome you soon at The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel in a not long distant future.

Best regards!
Christian Metzner
General Manager
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Hong Kong, China
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

The hotel was opened in 1863 and completely restored to its original beauty in 2010. It has the first elevator in China and is the most historical hotel in town. It seamlessly combined old world charm with modern amenities and world class service.
The small pedestrian shopping area “Xiao Bai Lou” is only a five-minute walk from the hotel, and is a great place to explore historical buildings and dine at one of the many restaurants.
The conference room facilities are a bit old fashioned and may not meet the need of large scale conference.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Christian M, General Manager at The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Dear Highlander2046,
Thank you very much for your stay at The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Tianjin and conducted meeting here.
Life is a collection of experiences. We are glad to know that you enjoy your stay at our hotel with comfort conference facilities. Hotel is come to the stage of celebrating his 150 years anniversary one 19th July, 2013. It will be great if you could join us experiencing the historical moment.
Please let us know and contact me Christian.metzner@luxurycollection.com, if there is anything we can assist you.
Best Regards!
Christian Metzner
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kuala lumpur
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31 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013 via mobile

This hotel was a build on a building aged from the 18th century. Very well maintained indeed. This is the most historical hotel in town I guess.the great thing about it is it combines the old touch with modern technology with great friendly staffs. The Victoria lounge is a scenic lounge makes you feel you are not in China.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Christian M, General Manager at The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Dear Mr. Sunderaj N,

Greeting from The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Tianjin!
Thank you very much for your stay our hotel and share your experience with us.
Life is a collection of experience; we are happy to know you like the historical heritage and enjoy the stay with friendly service.
Please feel free to contact us and email to Christian.metzner@luxurycollection.com if there is anything I can be assistant.
Best Regards!

Christian Metzner
General Manager
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Tianjin, China
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

In Tianjin, the deluxe hotel which is cozy and make you feel at home, could be The Astor Hotel. Beside Haihe River, you will get convenient transportation and good restaurants to enjoy here. For travellers who come to Tianjin, strongly recommend you here!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christian M, General Manager at The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Dear Crazy C,

Greeting from The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Tianjin!
Thank you very much for your stay at our hotel and share your experience with all the travelers.
Life is a collection of experience, we are glad to see that you enjoyed hotel restaurants and environment. Thank you again for your strong recommendation! My team and I are inspired to put more effort on serving all our valued guests with Luxury Collection personalized service.
Hope we can welcome you at The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Tianjin in a not long distant future.
Best Regards!

Christian Metzner
General Manager
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Beijing, China
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60 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We stayed in the old section of the hotel and we were truly impressed with the fact that the hotel had actually keep some real old features in the rooms not just fake old that is very much the norm in China. The floor had been kept in its original worn beauty, the rooms were huge and the furnishings spendid. The bathroom luxurious and large with a tv you could use in the bath. With breakfast included it was about $130pn. Not bad for a luxury collection!
The service was ok, not great, not bad. Getting a taxi was an issue on a rainy Saturday night, especially as the door man was more interested in chatted with the other staff than trying to get us a cab. But the reality is that trying to get to get a cab on any rainy night in Northern China is always a difficult and long process.
We ended up giving up on a cab and asked for some directions from the reception staff for somewhere within walking distance to eat. We specifically wanted to find one of the Gobuli dumpling places which were so well know in Tianjin. We were sent on our way with a restaurant name in Chinese and had we not been living in China would have given up and had room service. However we pressed on down the street to find the restaurant which matched the Chinese characters we had in hand and went in. This was not a Gobuli dumpling house, instead a very local place with no English menu and no one knowing a word of English. I really don't know what the girl on reception was thinking (perhaps not much at all - pretty standard really), however we pushed through the difficulties thanks to google translate and the local kids television host who was sitting next to us and kept showing us his dishes to which we gave a thumbs up or down to the waitress. The food was excellent once we got our order sorted and the place had a real fun family environment and by the end most of the cook staff and customers were either gathered around our table or having great looks from afar to see how we were doing. If you want to find this place turn right as you come out of the hotel, cross under the first big bridge you come to and stop where you find the chickens out the front in a cage (maybe not at the moment with the bird flu fiasco on going).
Back in the hotel the rooms were very quiet and the breakfast beautifully laid out in a sumptuous dining room. Check in check out was simple and the building is truly beautiful and nicely preserved.

Room Tip: Pay a little extra for the older rooms as they are huge and opulent.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Christian M, General Manager at The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Dear Helen,
Greeting from The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Tianjin!
Thank you for your stay at our hotel and share your experience via TripAdvisor. We are so glad that you like the hotel environment, room facilities and breakfast.
We are sorry for your not so smooth experience for outside dinning. We reemphasis doorman about hotel standard service for getting them well into serving our guest. At the same time, front office associates are improving to serve guest with a throughout communication and make sure our guest well understand. Hope the improvement will find you a better experience during next time.
Please so kind to let us know if there is anything we can be assistant to you by sending us email to Christian.metzner@luxurycollection.com. We are glad to offer our best to you.

Best Regards!

Christian Metzner
General Manager
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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31 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

This hotel really lives up to the "luxury collection" branding. Extremely spacious room, bathroom with TV in the wall near the tub, twin sinks, separate shower. Spacious dressing room. Big and comfy bed. Great advice from the concierge with regards to dining at the Italian district in Tianjin. Wish we could have spent more than one night here.
Well done Astor Hotel - thumbs up!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christian M, General Manager at The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Dear CPH30,
Thank you very much for your stay at The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Tianjin and once more sharing your experience with us.
Life is a collection of experience, we are so glad to know that you enjoy your stay and the dining experience in Italian Street. Thank you very much for your kindly praises. We will make sure to serve all the values guest with luxury collection personalized service and get guest enjoy every moment in Astor Hotel.
You are most welcome to visit hotel brand website www.luxurycollection.com/astor for more information.
We hope we can welcome you again at The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel in a not long distant future.
Best Regards!
Christian Metzner
General Manager
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Address: No.33 Taier Zhuang Road, Heping District, Tianjin 300040, China
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Location: China > Tianjin Region > Tianjin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #6 of 1,017 Hotels in Tianjin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 152
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Astor Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tianjin, a central feature of the regeneration of Tianjin's historic centre, the heritage gem evokes the romance of a bygone era with all the contemporary luxuries of a world-class hotel. The Hotel overlooks the Hai River in the heart of the Heping financial district. Hotel features 152 elegantly appointed rooms and suites in both classic Victorian style and more contemporary elegance. All rooms are equipped with 42-inch LCD TVs, CD/mp3 sound stations, Lavazza Capsule coffee machine and high-speed Internet access. Hotel features five exciting dining and wining venues. ShuiAn serves an authentic Cantonese and local cuisines, while Cafe Majestic is an all-day-dining restaurant with 24-hour A-la-Carte menu. For the extraordinary European cuisine, head to 1863 Bistro & Terrace which has more than one hundred year culinary tradition. The Victorian Lounge offers a wide range of beverages and British High Tea. The Award-winning British Gentleman bar - O'Hara Bar is famous for single malt whisky, selected wines, feature cocktails and live jazz show. A total of 730 sqm of conference and meeting space includes the Buckingham Ballroom with a fine domed ceiling, and the Windsor Multi-Function Rooms. Over 700 square meters of space is dedicated to the hotel's own museum, a testament to The Astor Hotel's long heritage and pivotal role in Tianjin's development. The nearby pier, which is owned by the hotel, will be used as a jump-off point for river cruises. As a Luxury Collection Hotel, The Astor Hotel Tianjin provides a range of signature services, including 'Luggage Liaison', a suite of travel services including luggage storage and unpacking/packing services upon request, and 'News Paper Direct', a print-on-demand service for over 520 newspapers. ... more   less 
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