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“Great apartment hotel, except for the aircon”

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Somerset Jiefangbei Chongqing
Ranked #5 of 3,119 Hotels in Chongqing
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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22 reviews
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“Great apartment hotel, except for the aircon”
Reviewed May 9, 2012

Somerset is a really great apartment hotel. Modern, good furnishing, clean, central location, fast internet speed, wifi included.

My main complaint is that the aircon is usually turned off in the middle of the night. When I queried the reception about this, they said something about there being a time or temperature limit and would note that we want the aircon kept on throughout the night. Well, that night the aircon went off even earlier at 1am! Luckily it is spring and not summer yet.

Breakfast food is OK and includes a small choice of east & west. The coffee is not good. Anyway, it is hard to get good coffee in China hotels. Bring your own!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Berlin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2012

Was upgraded from the booked Studio to a Suite.
Pro: Perfect Location close to the Pedestrian Area with lots of Shops and Restaurants (i.e. Carrefour and Ole around the Corner), 200m to the next Subway Line (U1 final station X..., so you can reach the hotel from the airport by subway).
Spacious Rooms, everything is new and nice, comfortable bed, AC which can be used for Heating and Cooling, nice views from the Room
Free Wifi Internet in the Rooms with good Speed.
Breakfast Western Style
Nice Indoor Pool
Staff speaks English and is very helpful.
Definitly the best Place I have been in China (this means a lot 4 and 5 star places)
Cons: None
Additional Tip: Do a ride withe the Cablecar across Yangtse River (only 5Y) with great views. On the other side I recommend a stroll along the streets. You will see real China.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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SJCChongqing, General Manager at Somerset Jiefangbei Chongqing, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It is great to have you stay with us. We
appreciate your review and the compliments about our service and facilities. We hope to see
welcome you again
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Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

We had a great stay at this hotel. Unfortunately it was only one night. The hotel is conveniently located in the city's financial center, a few blocks from the metro and with good facilities and better services for people.
The rooms are spacious and clean and well equipped.
The only negative is the breakfast, not very western traveler friendly. But you can manage in your apartment kitchen...

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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SJCChongqing, General Manager at Somerset Jiefangbei Chongqing, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It is great to have you stay with us. We
appreciate your review and the compliments about our service and facilities. We hope to see
welcome you again
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Huai'an, China
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Reviewed December 10, 2011

This hotel is gorgeous. It is real 4 or 5 star stuff.
The room was clean and a good size and had free wifi and TV.

It's not the cheapest place to stay in Chongqing, but for value for money it is worth it. One night's stay is about £36 (Y360), which may be a lot for people on a local wage, but for those travelling on holiday is comes into the budget range.

Truly a budget price with a luxury feel.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

This hotel is hidden in the hilly streets in the city, only stayed 1 night however the rooms are very spacious and cheap and very good quality,the hotel is also apartments.
Breakfast is average , OK if you like a Chinese breakfast, for Westerners not much selection.
Close by are bars and restaurants, there is a tourist area nearby on the river with a reasonable selection.
the reception is on 9th floor so when you arrive at the hotel don't be fooled by the entrance which looks a bit average.
Depending on which floor your on the views are limited.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2011

Located 5 mins walk to the liberation army memorial monument, with all the shopping malls that range from luxury goods to sports apparel brands . Inside the room, you will forget that you are already in china. Chongqing is still in the phase of growing a d developing into a modern city. There is a mix of both worlds .

This us a serviced residence, everything you need back home is available in your room. Complete kitchen with fridge and even washing to do your own laundry . A good place for long stay esp for long business trips. It had an indoor pool, gym, billiard room. Breakfast was below average, variety is minmal. So overall if breakfast is not a major concern then this is a good place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2011

The hotel is located in the center of Chongqing, at one end of the Jiefangbei pedestrian area. Wangfujing department store and supermarket (and Starbucks) is just across the street and there is also a large Carrefour supermarket 1 block away.
Our taxi driver was not familiar with the hotel, to be sure to have the address in Chinese and/or the phone number of the hotel. The hotel has two entrances, one on the main road (Minzu Road) and another on a side lane. The hotel lobby is not on the ground floor and there were no staff on the ground floor. So, be prepared if you need assistance with your luggage.
The studio room was quite large and had a small fully equipped kitchen and a clothes washer/dryer. The room had a clock radio with iPod dock, large flat screen TV with many international channels, DVD player, wifi and wired internet access. The only complaint was the size of the bathroom, which was quite small.
The breakfast buffet was very nice and offered western and Chinese options. The chef also prepares made to order Sichuan/Chongqing noodles (different type every day). These can be ordered from the wait staff. The only complaint with the breakfast was that that staff were not very quick to offer refills on coffee/tea.
There is a large indoor pool, with changing rooms and an outdoor sundeck. The pool doesn't seen to get much use and there was only 1 other family using it, while we we there. Unfortunately, the pool reception desk was not attended and we had to call for towels. When the staff came, they brought 1 large towel and 1 small face/hand towel, because they said they were out of large towels.
Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel, especially for any staying in Chongqing for an extended period of time.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Somerset Jiefangbei Chongqing
Address: Floor 9 Block B Hejing Building, No.108 Minzu Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing 400010, China
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Location: China > Chongqing Region > Chongqing
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 3,119 Hotels in Chongqing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Somerset Jiefangbei Chongqing 4*
Number of rooms: 157
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Somerset JieFangBei is located amidst most of the Fortune 500 companies in the bustling downtown financial and business district of Chongqing. The serviced residence puts you in close proximity to banks, offices, shopping malls, restaurants and it is a short walk to the beautiful Pedestrian Street and Lin Jiang Men Light Rail Transit (LRT) station.Somerset JieFangBei offers modern and stylish homes with breathtaking views of the Jialing River and the lively city. Its studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments feature a spacious living / dining room, fully-equipped kitchen, home entertainment system and high speed broadband internet access. Conducting business in Somerset JieFangBei is easy and convenient. With the China Industrial Bank right at your door step and well-equipped meeting rooms, you will have complete business connectivity in the comfort of your own home. It is ideal for utives and their families looking for a balanced and enriching lifestyle. Unwind with a refreshing dip in our indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna rooms or go for a good workout in our fully-equipped gymnasium. You can also choose to have casual dining by the barbeque area overlooking the serenity of the Jialing River. Experience Somerset’s signature Heartware service – always caring and striving to deliver. We understand your needs for a balanced and enriching lifestyle and tailor the residence to exceed your expectations. ... more   less 
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