I would give 3.5 stars but since that's not possible, I just rounded it up to 4. I stayed here in July 2011 (I chose 2012 because it wont let me chose 2011 any more).
My father lived in Yinchuan for 7 years, while the rest of the family was located in Beijing (due to a German and couple of international schools being located in Beijing). At the end of our stay in China the whole family travelled to Yinchuan to bid our goodbyes to my father's co-workers. Since the Kempinski had been built, my father stopped by it several times a week in order to go for swims in the pool and we wanted to treat ourselves to something nice, so we decided to stay at the Kempinski.
Considering the other chinese Hotels in the area, it is definitely nice, European standard. However right upon arrival it turns out that there was some sort of mixup... Either there is no room for 3 people (I have 2 sisters), or it was booked for someone else and the room we had, they could not fit an extra bed in. After a long discussion between my father and the manager (both fluent german speakers) about what could be done, they upgraded us to the room that has a couch and one of my sisters slept on that one. The bathroom was quite nice, I loved the bathtub and shower, and I went for a swim in the amazing pool nearly every day, it is so gorgeous !!
The breakfast was nice, I am used to chinese breakfast so I really enjoyed it. I know some people complain that there is no pork available, it didn't bother me though, they had turkey sausages and I believe that for the short stay of someone there, they don't need daily pork sausages anyways.
One thing I am glad about is that my father had his car as there is really not very much in the area. It's not too far away though either, so it's nothing I would complain about. We walked to a restaurant one night, it was warm and about a 20 minute walk, but a quite nice walk. Due to the fact that the Kempinski is a bit removed from this busy city, makes it a very quiet area to stay in, something I definitely enjoyed after living in Beijing where at nights there was always that background buzz of traffic.
Yinchuan itself is quite close, but I doubt anyone would want to walk there, it maybe a 15 minute car ride to the center. Yinchuan is very interesting as it is still a very chinese city without many foreigners (or at least when I was there last in 2011). People were staring at me because of my blonde hair, asking if they could touch it, if they could take pictures with me, and being very surprised when I responded in Chinese - definitely fun.
Back to the Kempinski, a definite plus is that the manager staff are mostly German-speakers and therefore have quite good English, better than the majority of the population of Yinchuan and there is German beer - always a plus.
If I were to go back, I would definitely stay here, I hope that the city grows in order to encompass the hotel more, so that you do not need a taxi in order to get somewhere else.
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