First the good. The hotel fittings are of a decent quality. The rooms are of a decent size. The bed, one of the more comfortable I've found in Asia, although still too firm for me even with the integral mattress topper. The staff are pleasant and (mostly) speak enough English to get you the important things. The breakfast buffet is very good. The hotel is next to a shopping mall which gives the business traveller somewhere to walk round and important amenities such as Starbucks! The non-smoking rooms really are smoke free, this is a great thing in my experience of China.
However, the most important aspect of any hotel stay is the ability to get some sleep. I stay at hotels all the time and this is amongst the noisiest I have experienced. The first room I was in overlooked the shopping mall which has many large a/c fans on the roof. Until they shut down at 10pm each night the banging and clanking from the fans sounded like a construction site outside the window. I also noticed significant noise from doors slamming to people stomping around upstairs. There is zero soundproofing. I requested a move away from the fans and to a higher floor. In truth I was mostly hoping to escape all the noise from inside the hotel.
They moved me to a lower floor, but on the other side of the hotel, with a river (and road) view. This brought with it traffic noise, although this is less bother than the fans were, it does demonstrate that the windows provide no block to sound from outside. The sink is cracked. The a/c set for 17 degrees seems unable to get the room below 22. But by far the worst is the noise.
The hotel is a tower with 5 or 6 rooms around each side of the internal square. The lifts run up the centre of the tower. Because the actual distance between each room is not that great it means you hear very door on your floor as it bangs. You also hear every door from the floors above and below. In addition the bathroom and entry area of each room are echoey marble tiles. You hear all the noise from the bathrooms above and next door.
Last night I had been asleep 2 hours when someone close by decided to use the bathroom. I have no idea what they were doing but for 30 minutes there was a loud noise like a wheeled suitcase being dragged across a very rough pavement. I managed to get back to sleep. 3 hours later, I'm not kidding, it sounded like every door in the hotel was being banged at once and a large herd of elephants was stampeding across the floors. My room was shaking with the vibration. It was 4 am and this went on and on and on. I have no idea what it was, but it seemed to last forever. When I finally got back to sleep and dreamed I was in an earthquake.
Needless to say, this morning I am very tired and trying to do a day's work.
I have 4 more nights of this nightmare but, having moved rooms once, am reluctant to ask again. I won't be recommending the hotel to my colleagues and I will try the Shangri-La instead next time I have to come to Fuzhou.
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