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Holiday Inn City Centre Harbin
Ranked #6 of 1,194 Hotels in Harbin
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

I stayed here for two nights (January 6 - 7, 2010) to attend the opening of the Winter Ice Festival in Harbin. The ice festival is the cities largest event of the year and is a sight not to be missed. During this period all hotels in town tend to run very high levels of occupancy. Due to my airline using other Intercontinental properties (the parent company of Holiday Inn) I was able to get a travel industry rate of RMB385 or about USD60 per night nett and included ABF—a very good deal considering the high season/special events period.

Harbin is the largest city in the northern region and is the capital seat of the Heilongjiang Province. Due to the history you’ll notice a fairly strong Russian influence and even today there is a large number of Russian restaurants, bars and businesses.

The Holiday Inn (HI) is located at a fairly busy five-way intersection and is at one end of the famous Zhongyang Dajie, or Center Street. This is more than mile long stretch of cobblestone-lined street that is pedestrian-only access. There are several streets that intersect it and allow crossing vehicle traffic, but Center Street itself is a pedestrian-only street. There are a number of large shopping centers, small and medium sized restaurants and shops, several commercial banks, a Wal-mart and the Harbin branch of Parkson Department Store- the largest department store operator in China.

Lobby / Check-in: This hotel is a smaller property, and shows minor signs of its age. The check-in area is small but was efficiently run. I was given the choice of a “larger” room, but on a lower floor, or a “smaller” room on a higher floor—I chose the higher floor room.

Room: My room was on the 11th floor and faced north with a nice view of Center street and the Songhua River in the background. The bed was a twin sized and was firm. The sheets were standard thread count and there was an extra-think duvet and extra top blanket provided- I was sufficiently warm at night. The windows to the room were double insulated to help keep out the bitter Harbin winter cold which can easily drop to -25°F or worse. My room also had a small desk with old-style tube TV with multiple Chinese and Russian language channels and a limited number of English options. There was internet access capability for additional charge. There was a hot water heater with tea set provided and a mini-bar with limited stock. The room temperature could be controlled within a pre-set range. The ability to increase the heat was nice as it’s bitterly cold during the winter months.

Bathroom: Like the bedroom, the bathroom was small and showing its age. There was a stand-up shower and the water ran quite hot and with decent water pressure. HI-branded basic toiletries were provided. There was no hair dryer or bath robe.

Despite the age of the room, everything was well cleaned and was in proper working order.

Hotel facilities and Amenities: The HI has one traditional sit-down in-house restaurant that serves Western/International as well as Chinese food and is open for all three sittings. They do feature buffet dining as well as ala carte ordering. A limited-menu room service is available during most hours. There is also a small lobby bar where drinks and light food can be ordered. There are a few western dining locations as well as a KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) and McDonald’s within a short walk from the hotel. Center street has many other dining options as well (Chinese, Russian, Thai, etc.)

The business center can arrange for basic business services such as copy/print/fax as well as Chinese translation services, and is also a state-approved foreign exchange location. The front desk can arrange for local transportation, car hire and airport transfers.

SUMMARY: If you can get a discounted rate this hotel can be a very good value for reliable western accommodations. It’s not a 5-star property by any measure, but isn’t priced like one either. It does have an excellent location and many of Harbin’s major attractions are within easy walking distance. The property looks to be from the mid to late ‘80’s and is in need of a general ‘face-lift’ but isn’t in disrepair. The staff is helpful and did their best to assist me as necessary.

PROS: Dependable western accommodations in town that doesn’t have many. Good centralized location. Good restaurant that features a nice small dinner buffet. Overall, reasonably priced for mid-tier western-style accommodations.

CONS: An older property that doesn’t have lots of the amenities that newer hotels have and is showing signs of its age and needs a general “face lift”.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 15, 2009

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Reviewed April 22, 2009

Spent 2 nights there 1-2 weeks before CNY in Jan 2009 for the Ice festival. We paid about 100-120 USD a night-which we thought was a bargin compared to the other international hotel chains - rooms were going for 250 USD a night for the dates we wanted. Room was dated, but clean. Staff spoke limited english, but enough to get what I needed with our limited chinese. Location is directly across the street from the "main" walking street that leads to Stalin Park. Also walking distance from the smaller Ice festival- about 10 mins. Walking distance from the popular Russian restaurant - 1914 (?). If you are not into the local fair- KFC, Mc D's are on the main street and just before Stalin Park, there is a super Walmart.

Read a few reviews on how shady cab drivers can be- but we had an okay experience. Hotel to airport we paid 120 CNY each way. Taxi to the main ice festival was under 20 RMB each way, everything else was pretty much walking distance from the hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2009

Spacious, comfortable rooms, the temperature control worked perfectly, the tv had English language channels, the restaurants were open and the food was good enough (I'd stay away from the buffet). The only difficulty was when the hotel tried to charge a deposit which was a third higher than the room bill. I refused, paid a deposit to the amount of the room bill (with credit card guarantee), therefore was not allowed to order anything on the room (fine, no problem) and when we checked out they tore up the credit card guarantee in front of me. The location (at the end of Zhong Dajie Avenue) is perfect, near shops and restaurants, and within walking distance of the river.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 5, 2009

We stayed there for three days in the beginning of Jan 2009; firstly, the location of the hotel is just in the entrance of Zhongyang street(main shopping and walking street in Harbin). it's walking distance to Zhaolin Park, Church of St. Sophia and Stalin Park. it's perfect location.

The hotel staff can speak basic English; so, it's so easy to communicate with them. Breakfast is quite enough; lots of selections. The only negative thing is the heat of rooms; it's about 30 degree; just keep the window open for a while before sleeping. The room was clean and the service was good.

Except from the hotel, Harbin is wonderful place to see. Especially; Sun island (Tai Yang Dao), Zhaolin Park and Siberian Tiger Park. You can sky, play snow games, see wild tigers, and walk among beautiful ice buildings and snow statues.

You should see Harbin and stay Holiday Inn!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2009

Good location. Clean enough. But very, very worn out. Desperately needing a refurbishment.
One major problem. The room temperature. They only provide very hot heater. You can choose to turn it off, but the room is very stuffy. We need to open the window for fresh air. Even then, the room is still warm. My husband slept without any clothes on for the two nights' stay.
Imagine winter in Harbin, and sleeping without clothes on!

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 10, 2008

Our family of 6 stayed in 2 rooms for two nights while visiting the Ice Festival. We are accustom to Chinese hotels and the Hotel itself was acceptable, but just. Just clean enough not to be dirty, just new enough not to be old and the breakfast was just O.K. The staff however was just not enough! Check in was painful (even with our basic Mandarin) our two room together were on different floors, and the staff just did not care. At check out it took a painfully long time for housekeeping to check the rooms and minibar for additional charges. The Hotel attempted to overcharge us both at check-in for included breakfasts and at checkout for dirty towels.
We truly enjoyed Harbin, the Ice festival is worth a visit, but spend much less and stay at a truly local Hotel or spurge and stay at the Shangri-la!

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank chinaxpat
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Address: No.90 Jingwei Street, Daoli District, Harbin 150010, China
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Location: China > Heilongjiang > Harbin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Harbin
Price Range: $123 - $233 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn City Centre Harbin 3.5*
Number of rooms: 155
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang Province, situated in the Northeastern part of China, is world renowned for its Ice-carving Festival in winter. Amidst the mushrooming of many modern looking buildings, this city still retains many of its old-style houses greatly influenced by the Russian and renaissance architecture. The charm and hospitality of the Harbinese makes one feel warmer inspite of the coldness during winter! Holiday Inn City Centre Harbin is centrally located in the main business and leisure Areas of Daoli District just off Central Street, offering the discerning travelers easy access to business, shopping and entertainment centres. ... more   less 
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