I stayed for three nights at the Holiday Inn Zhuhai in September 2010.
Because of the topography of Zhuhai (mountains and sea), the city is remarkably sprawling. The hotel is located away from the city centre (Macau customs area), which is a good thing - as this area is a chaotic and noisy.
The road network and taxi service in the city is excellent - even the the heaviest of rain, no more than a 20 minute taxi wait, usually no wait at all.
The hotel is about a 10 minute ride from the Macau border post, where the Coaches from Guanzhou and Shenzen airports drop you. From Zhuhai airport, the taxi ride is about 40 minutes, the gleaming airport being located the middle of nowhere. The hotel offers a free shuttle to the Hong Kong sea-cat.
Welcome & Check-in
The hotel welcome is friendly and very efficient. The front desk and concierge are really friendly, and know what they are doing. They also speak some English, and remember your name, which is a novelty.
The rooms in this hotel are huge. I was offered a paid-upgrade, which I didn't accept, and was very pleased with my basic room, which is the size of a studio apartment. The room had two large double beds, a desk, relaxing chair. It also had free cable internet.
The Beds were rock hard. I have a habit of launching myself onto a hotel bed after a long trip, and on this occasion nearly brusied myself. Chinese beds are harder than western, but this one was hard for Chinese standards. The Air Conditioning actually works here, which is a first for Chinese hotels.
Dining and Amenities
The cantonese restaurant was suprisingly good value for a hotel, offering good quality dishes (duck and ginger hotpot).
The Irish bar was only Irish in name, and was really lacking in atmosphere and style. Food in the Irish bar was from the room service and Pizza menu, and was really poor. I'm not a fan of Irish bars, and this one was a example of a badly run and supervised bar where someone is probably making money from the ladies of the night rather than providing food and beer.
The Lobby cafe is comfortable, has free wifi, and a good selection of cakes and teas.
Concierge is very helpful with maps, recommendations and directions.
I had time for a swim on the roof-top pool, which was perfectly clean, and whilst I was there a lifeguard stayed pool-side at all times. The changing areas were well appointed and spotless.
I didn't try the Business lounge or Business services.
Scoring - If you are looking for a western hotel brand, where service in English can be provided, this hotel ticks all the boxes. Nominally a five star hotel, its closer to a 4.5. With the exception of the Irish bar, it's well run.
Score 4 / 5.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Zhuhai is a 30-storey contemporary design complex located in the prestigious Jida commercial and banking district of Zhuhai. Only 15 minutes driving from Gongbei Border Gate, 10 minutes driving from Jiuzhou Ferry Terminal (from Hong Kong, Shenzhen Shekou and Zhuhai), 45 minutes driving from Zhuhai Airport. We provide complimentary shuttle between Jiuzhou Ferry Terminal and Hotel. We have 320 contemporary style guest rooms and suites including 250 Deluxe Rooms, 65 Deluxe Suites, 2 two bedroom Deluxe Suites and 1 Presidential Suite. Our guest rooms are known as the most spacious hotel rooms in the city. In our five Executive Floors, we provide guest rooms, and executive lounge, conference room, business center with computers and broadband internet access for your convenience. Every room is equipped with air-conditioners, bath and shower, in-room safe, mini bar, environmentally friendly mini refrigerator, coffee and tea makers, data ports, satellite TV and voicemail. Select floors and rooms are designed and provided for our handicapped and non-smoking guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Zhuhai Hotel Zhuhai
- Zhuhai Holiday Inn