I mean the air con took hours to cool by a few degrees if you cranked it to 5 degrees, mirror was broken, outlet to refrigerator was broken so you had to take it out of the cabinet, toilet flushed weakly so you had to hold down the handle, shower drain was slow unless you removed drain cover, and the guests would not stop smoking on the lifts. I guess that would lead most people to give this hotel a 2 but these are small things that I could largely remedy - well not the smoking.
What was important to me was that it has a grand lobby, great staff, a breakfast with plenty of variety, very comfortable beds and towels, and a very well equipped gym. It is near Silver Beach but not the city so a taxi costs about 40 RMB each way as the hotel is isolated. Bei Hai in December is pretty dead so being near the beach is isolated. Other months you would be near the action.
Across the road are a few restaurants. I liked the Korean one, but it is very local with no English spoken. Small store to the left of the street exit but it is very limited and also no English.
Nice place to eat in the city is 6000 restaurant. Very good food at excellent prices and a menu with pictures.
They have small buses across the street exit that take you into the city square for 1.5 RMB if you get tired of paying 40 RMB for a 20 RMB ride.
Staff speak English, well some do. Outside the hotel that will be rare. Take along the hotel card and where you are going in Chinese characters not pinyin.
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