Arrived at the hotel lobby, only to be greeted by a freezing cold lobby. Apparently the heating was out of order and with the only wifi available in the lobby, it was a pain to hang around the lobby for more than 10 minutes. Only redeeming factor was the polite and courteous staff at the front counter. However, the staff turned down our request to call a cab on our behalf, citing that Ibis does not offer such a service. I mean, how hard is it to call a cab? There was no other way out of the dreadfully boring and drab vicinity the hotel is located in, and quite impossible to hail a cab out in the freezing cold. So the only dinner option was a Chinese restaurant located in a building that is connected to the hotel. The food there was cheap and edible, RMB180 for 4 of us. Breakfast at the hotel was simple fare, eggs and toast and some veggies and other carbohydrate options. Mineral water can be bought from the front desk in the lobby. Even though it is a non-smoking hotel, the local Chinese guests were obviously chugging away at their ciggies and we had to put a wet towel at the bottom of the main door to prevent the smoke from coming into our room.
All this being said, for the economical price of this hotel, Ibis did serve its basic function.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Tianjin Railway Station is newly opened Ibis hotel in Tianjin. The hotel located in the central of Tianjin city with walking distance to Tianjin Railway Station (CRH from Beijing), 200 meters to Metro line 9 'Da Wang Zhuang' Station(one Stop from Railway Station), and 18km from Tianjin International Airport. Close to popular tourist attractions along with Haihe River such as Italian Quarter and Jinwan Square. Featuring 155 spacious 28m² Double and Twin bed rooms. Innovatively designed, the bedrooms are meant to bring more enjoyment to guests. With a modern bar, a terraced restaurant, 24 hour snack service and free high speed Internet access, the hotel creates a merry and delighted atmosphere.Hotel's old name 'Tian bo'is very well-known locally, mention it to your Taxi driver for directions. ... more less
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