The hotel is a good choice for those looking for comfortable western standard accommodation, but not concerned about central location. The hotel is located in the north of central Chongqing, in the Jiangbei area. Taxi would be the best option to/from the hotel, as the closest metro station is quite a distance, especially if you have a lot of luggage, or are traveling during Chongqing’s very hot summers.
The hotel is fairly new and the rooms and public areas are well kept. The photos of the lobby on the hotel’s website make it appear much larger and grander than it actually is. In fact it is quite small, but functional. The Great Room where breakfast is served is also not so “great” and grand at the website photos suggest.
Check-in was quick and smooth. Luggage carts (similar to those at airports) are available for guests to bring luggage to/from the rooms.
The room was a bit small, but very comfortable and had many nice amenities. Free wired internet (no wifi) was available and there were a variety of international TV channels available. There was a panel on the desk for connecting audio/video, USB, etc. to the TV. Slippers, complimentary bottled water and instant coffee and tea were provided. The air conditioning worked very well, which is a necessity in Chongqing’s hot and sticky summer. The bathroom was very nice, with a very big shower. However, only liquid soap was provided and the dispenser near the sink dripped. While the liquid soap is more environmentally friendly and economical, many people to prefer bar/cake soap (so bring/buy your own, if you’re like me).
Free breakfast was included (as is the case with all Holiday Inn Express). However, it was mostly Chinese style breakfast (vegetables, noodles, rice, porridge, steamed buns, etc). There was yogurt and cold cereal available for those with western tastes. As Holiday Inn is an international brand, more western style breakfast options should really be available. Several other Holiday Inn Express hotels in China that I’ve stayed in have a much better breakfast selection.
There is a self-service “Laundry Corner” on fourth floor with 2 washers, 1 dryer, a sink and 1 iron and ironing board. Laundry soap (several types) is provided by the hotel, but guests much purchase laundry tokens from the front desk. Tokens are 15 RMB each and 1 is required for 1 washing or drying cycle.
Check-out was also quick and smooth.
Overall the hotel was very comfortable and I would recommend it to anyone looking to stay in this area, or who are seeking good value over central location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Express Chongqing Jinxiucheng is build as an international business hotel invested by CHANGAN INDUSTRY group and managed by Intercontinental Hotels Group, located in the most valuable living area of Chongqing. We are approximately 12kms or 15minutes drive from downtown Chongqing. You can only take 25 minutes drive from hotel to Chongqing JiangBei International Airport and 10 minutes to Chongqing North Railway Station . Within 10 minutes you can drive to the Paradise Walk, GuanYinQiao Commercial Pedestrian Street, We also can call taxi for you, which makes you travel easily to the Dazu Rock Carvings, Three Gorges Museum, CiQiKou Ancient Town, etc.Hotel has 244 rooms, and 4 deluxe rooms equipped with comfortable bathtubs with fashionable and comfortable design. The wide and bright rooms with convenient bathing facilities and luxury big beds will give you the experience of bathing and sleeping. Exquisite and environmental protection furniture, , high-speed broadband network, domestic and international telephone service will let you feel more comfortable and convenient during your travel.Your pleasant journey will start from Holiday Inn Express Chongqing Jiuxiucheng with our friendly service. ... more less
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