Century Tower is a comfortable 4-star tower hotel, next door to its larger partner, the 5-star Pavilion hotel. The Pavilion hotel seemed to be very popular with Chinese tour groups, whereas the Century Tower was a bit quieter. I think some of the floors on the hotel are apartments.
Both the Pavilion and the Century Tower hotels are conveniently located above the Huaqiang North Road metro station, and at the heart of Shenzhen’s huge Shenzhen Electronics Group (SEG) computer and IT precinct on the northern side of the central Futian district.
The lobby of the Century tower is open, functional and reasonably attractive in golden marble. The Fusion café restaurant and bar on the ground floor provided a good breakfast in the mornings, with plenty of Asian and western choices.
The hotel room was excellent value for money. I had purchased a pre-paid “executive” room package including breakfast on a discount hotel booking website, and yet was still given a complimentary upgrade to a one-bedroom suite when I checked in. It was very comfortably outfitted with small lounge and nicely decorated bedroom. The bathroom was particularly spacious and well lit. I liked the fact that the bathroom uses bulk refillable shampoo and shower gel dispensers – which I much prefer to the wasteful practice of supplying small throwaway single-use plastic bottles. I wish more Chinese hotels would encourage environmental sustainability in this way.
On the second floor of the hotel is the huge Chunmanyuan Chinese restaurant. It appeared to be full during lunch (tours perhaps?) but when I visited it for a Chinese meal one evening it was completely empty. My fuwuyuan (waitress) proceeded to yell my order from the table to another staff member closer to the kitchen, rather than present the order herself. That was certainly a new and unexpected experience.
Shenzhen is a very spread-out city and it can take a long time in a taxi to get from one side to the other (eg, Luohu border with Hong Kong, to Shekou port), so it is important that if you are visiting for business, you locate yourself as close as possible to your clients. Futian is one of the more central districts though, and most definitely if you are visiting Shenzhen to do any business in computer hardware or software within SEG, then the location of the Century, or Pavilion hotels would be ideal.
It should also be noted that the Shenzhen Metro is currently building a station and line at SEG, and the construction goes right past the Century Tower hotel. Construction goes 24 hours. I wasn't concerned at all by lights and some construction noises, but if you are considering this hotel you should be aware of the subway construction going on nearby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in Shenzhen's landmark commercial distric on Huangqiang Road North, The pavilion Century Tower is a luxurious business hotel with an air of modern sophistication excluding comfort and elegance. With 237 well-appointed rooms and suties, various restaurants, banquet and conference rooms, as well as comprehensive entertainment and business facilities, we provide the most comfortable and stylish environment to cater for all your needs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pavilion Century Tower Hotel Shenzhen
- Pavilion Century Hotel