I stayed in this hotel about 6 years ago, when it was still a Sofitel. I'd say that the decor hasn't changed much, and Pan Pacific Xiamen retains most of the look of the old Sofitel. This is a shame, as the decor then was geared towards a French flair, given that Sofitel is French owned. Pan Pacific, being Singapore-owned but of Japanese origins, could have worked harder in presenting a unique feel to this outfit.
This hotel actually has a good location, near many of the business buildings and in the central, financial district of Xiamen, one of the economic powerhouses in China. There is also a street full of cafes near the hotel, with a good view of the sea and the beautiful Gulangyu islet not far away. With the weather so agreeable in Xiamen, I think this must be one of the most chic and beautiful spots in Xiamen to mingle with the fashionable and most pretty people in the city!
The rooms however show some wear and tear. You can see some rustings, and some cracks and chips here and there, but the overall look remains presentable. Internet speed was adequate and the room size was acceptable. Concierge and front-desk service was pretty good, and you can see that they're trying their best to please guests.
Yet something marred all these good points - my non-smoking room was full of cigarette smoke smell on the first night of my stay! I can understand that the Chinese clientele usually doesn't care about whether a room is smoking or non-smoking, so they will smoke regardless and cause the smell to stink the whole central, air-con system. I feel that this isn't truly the fault of the hotel, but it's a shame nonetheless.
As I did not pay an arm and a leg for my room, I suppose there isn't much which did not truly meet my expectations. This is a good, business hotel which provides all the necessary amenities for any international business traveller, and I do think if they continue charging such competitive rates, business travellers will feel compelled to try this hotel out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a five-star luxury hotel and serviced suites experience in Xiamen Indulge in modern luxury in the heart of Xiamen's financial and entertainment district at Pan Pacific Xiamen. Located within a short five-minute walk to Xiamen-Gulang Island Ferry Terminal, 20 minutes away from the international airport and within walking distance from the city's major attractions, our hotel is your gateway to a myriad of enriching experiences amidst the alluring old-world charm of China. At 29 storeys high, our modern hotel affords stunning views of Xiamen's spectacular coastline. The 354 artistically decorated rooms and fully equipped serviced suites and apartments are equipped with thoughtful lighting effects to create a relaxing retreat. Offering well-appointed wellness and meeting facilities and a wide array of superior epicurean options, Pan Pacific Xiamen provides the perfect base for both the discerning business and leisure travellers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pan Pacific Xiamen Hotel Xiamen
- Xiamen Pan Pacific
- Sofitel Xiamen
- Xiamen Sofitel