This is most definitely not a five star hotel, but it is a decent value for the price and comfortable enough for a short stay.
The location is very good if you are not especially interested in Xiamen's main tourist attractions. Those require at least 30 minutes by bus or 10 minutes by taxi, depending how suicidally they want to drive. If you do not want a taxi driver who smokes while driving, be sure to check before you get in. They can be aggressive if you want to get out when you notice the stench. It is also a good idea to avoid trying to hail a taxi on Lujiang Rd at 5:30pm. Not only is traffic horrendous, but that is when they change shifts and many drivers are unwilling to stop for anyone.
It is very easy to get a taxi from the hotel. Assuming you can tell them where you want to go in Chinese. If not, you may want to get the hotel to write everything for the drivers. I did not personally hear anyone at the front desk speak English, but someone must be able to.
The location is excellent if you want to go shopping, which is the national pastime of modern China. The hotel is above a small shopping mall with plenty of counterfeit items, a popular Starbucks (the city's 50,000 other Starbucks never seem as crowded), a Papa John's Pizza (which does not taste like American Papa John's, but is not bad), a Häagen Dazs and a sad little grocery store with the warmest refrigerated drinks.
Jiahe Rd has several shopping malls within walking distance, a Carrefour (Chinese style, nothing like European style), lots of Chinese restaurants and bakeries and about 80,000 KFCs. Turn left from the hotel's main entrance and right on the first street. Jiahe is too large to miss. Left on Jiahe is mostly banks and KFCs.
The train station is a long walk, but a very short taxi ride. The Andersen bakeries are nothing like Japanese Andersens, but they are within walking distance in every direction.
Our room had a king size bed, which was pretty big and unusually soft by Chinese standards. It also had very large windows and a decent view from the 8th floor. There is construction across the street as of August 2012 which we could hear. A higher room might be a good idea. It was also very easy to hear everything in the hallway, but not from the other rooms.
Our room had a warm refrigerator, which is common in China, but the hotel replaced it quickly with something that actually worked. They were also quick to replace the pillow cases. They had some sort of animal excrement on them when we checked in. At least I hope it was animal. Unfortunately, waste matter in hotel rooms is not that rare in China.
The water pressure in the shower was pretty weak, but rather strong in the sink. It took quite some time to get anything hotter than warm. The bathroom looked nice, and looked exactly like it does in website pictures, but was designed more for form than function. They were pretty cheap with the towels. The bathroom did not have sufficient space to hang towels anyway.
The Wife tried the breakfast buffet and said it was mediocre. Apparently, there was not much of a selection. But it was a hotel breakfast buffet, after all. The hotel is surrounded by other food options.
The Wife also did not care for the television selection, but Chinese hotels are not generally known for their international programming. This one had a Japanese, Korean and even a German channel in addition to a few English and mostly Chinese.
This would be a three star hotel in Europe. It was comfortable and relatively clean. The service was adequate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crowne Plaza Paragon Xiamen is located in the geometric center of Xiamen, which is sitting at Lianban interchange. It is assured most convenient point to island and the surrounding area. Hotel is only 8 minutes driving from High-speed Railway Station (Xiamen Railway Station), 20 minutes driving from airport, exhibition center, Nanputuo Temple, Gulangyu Ferry, Golf court, Xiang'an tunnel. Located in Paragon commercial district, the International luxury brand, domestic brand, Bona Cinema and Utopz supermarket are close at hand. The exclusive Garden Restaurant sweeps up a variety of cuisine, such as Starbucks, Haagen-Dazs, Xuliushan, Grace dishes. The surrounding encompasses a wide range of Xiamen popular restaurants. Within 5 minutes walking distance to Mingfa Commercial Plaza, KTV, IMAX, Video Game Center, Ferris Wheel and other recreational activities become the best choice to spend leisure time. Besides providing the usual comforts in 327 luxurious rooms and suites, the pillar-free Grand Ballroom-which is over 1, 000 sqm and a soaring 6.8 m high and the other eight meeting rooms can accommodate from 10 up to 1000 persons. Above Café provides different theme everyday by local specialties. Chinese Restaurant provides Teochew cuisine and local seafood. The Royal Bar is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails, wines and other favorites. All you featuring are a perfect venue to relax. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Xiamen