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Reviewed May 21, 2013

This was our first trip to Harbin, China. When I realised that the Jingu Hotel on the main Central Street has garnered such good reviews on Tripadvisor, I immediately cancelled my Hotel New Paris booking in Harbin and switched here. Overall, we did have had a great stay at this very well located hotel, if not for the lack of air-cond at night, it would have gotten a solid 5 stars from us!

After a two nights stay in Shenyang, we took a two hour plus fast train to Harbin West station. The ride was about 20-25 minutes to the Hotel and costs us around RMB30. Check in was swift and we were upgraded from a Business room to a same sized, Deluxe Business room (with better facilities we were told). Nice gesture, I thought.

We were so so happy to find out that our medium sized room was so well appointed - marbled writing desk, marble coffee table, brown mosaic floors, modern bathroom with a tub, TV with many channels including Channel NewsAsia (Singaporeans would love this channel), partial view of the Zhaolin Park, two windows to block out street noise etc.

Our twin beds was comfy enough, unlike the common rock hard beds in most China hotels. Breakfasts the next day was a wide spread, with something for everyone. Lobby though nice and quite grand, was a little outdated for our tastes. Location is, however, simply the best of the best with Bifengtang Hong Kong restaurant sharing the same premises and a Lucia Russian restaurant opposite the Hotel (right and right out of Hotel).

In the afternoons, we would sense that there was air-cond and we took nice naps to recuperate from all the sightseeing. However, when night falls, the air-cond was shut off we were having 15 degree C nights .... If I had known earlier that they would switch off our air-cond at night, frankly I wouldn't book it here, no matter how good its rates and location are.

It is only on our 3rd and last night and after confirmation with its Reception staff that 'it was not yet the season for our Hotel to turn on our central air-cond at night' that we reluctantly open our room windows to let in some fresh air ... so we slept fine the last night, but not the first two nights. Hotel should at least have the courtesy to forewarned its guests, upon check in or past a sticker near the air-cond control, stating that they do not turn on the central air-cond in mid-May.

It seems that most people visit Harbin in the winter for the ice show, and from the reviews here, heating was not a problem during the very cold months. However, if you do visit this Hotel in the summer months, do check and double check that they do indeed turn on their air-cond at night! Lastly, we begged for a stand fan and they said no, they do not have one. We were given humidifiers instead, which does not help to cool down the room much.

Overall, we felt that the Hotels in Harbin are the most costly to book. Similar class hotels could be had cheaper in nearby cities like Shengyang and Changchun, where we also spent sometime in. Our favourite city is still Harbin, even though it has a much lesser history than the other two cities. Hired a taxi to tour 731 Museum and Volga Manor for 5 hours (RMB$400).

Room Tip: Ask for higher floor rooms facing the Zhaolin Park. Sound proofing is quite good here, but make sure there is air-cond at night in the summer!
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank JChua
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Just returned from my second trip to Harbin Snow and Ice Festival. Want to thank all the previous reviewers for steering us toward Jingu Hotel - our group of 5 were all happy with our rooms,though could hear some noise in mornings. Warm and clean. Modern facilities. Breakfast is above average for a Chinese hotel, though only a few Western items. (We were all happy with it) Being a long-term expat in Beijing, these things are not always easy to find at a reasonable price, and much appreciated. Staff were slow, but made an effort, just don't expect quick or efficient service.

Location is great, right on the walking street on the end closer to Songhua River. A 30 minute walk to St. Sophia cathedral

Other tips for Harbin:
- forget the Russian food. We tried. Go to Shangri-La Hotel for dimsum. Great value and excellent quality. You can go to hotel ice bar afterwards. (we didn't but looked fun)

Room Tip: We were on 13th floor. Try not to be near elevators.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We went to Harbin for the Ice and Snow Festival, 2013. Jingu is a nice hotel with all amenities on the Central street. Just a five minute walk from the Zhaolin Lantern park. Walmart is little more than 5 minutes walk from the hotel. They keep electric kettle in the room but the tea-coffee sachets are charged 10 to 20 RMB. This is something I have never seen in any hotel, anywhere...
Rest all were fine - very limited options for pure vegetarians in the breakfast.

Room Tip: Take rooms on higher floor on the back side if you are visiting in winter - can see the Zhaolin park from the room.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

The hotel is in a very good location for seeing the city and to use as a base for adventures further afield. We walked to restaurants and shopping in the general area. The rooms are nice and modern and a good deal especially considering the Shangri-La was twice as much for a similar room (suite). While not luxurious we had everything we needed for a nice weekend in Harbin. The front desk staff did not speak very much English so it was helpful that one of our companions spoke Mandarin. Without that I am sure we would have gotten by, but with a lot more hand gestures and furrowed brows.

The biggest drawback of the hotel is how hot it was in the rooms. The room was heated to 28 celcius and though it may have been almost 50 degrees colder outside, it was way more than was comfortable for me and my companions. I had to crack a window and even then couldn't bring down the temperature enough to be comfortable. I would stay there again but hope that the heat in the rooms wouldn't be a problem.

Quick tip on traveling in Harbin: If you get lucky enough to get a good cab driver at the airport, hold on to him. We negotiated with our cabbie and for 1000 RMB, our group of 4 used him all weekend. He picked took us to all the sites both Saturday and Sunday including a return to the airport. He gave us tips on where to buy tickets and was waiting for us outside the hotel or the different locations all throughout the weekend. This meant no waiting in the cold for a cab driver who may or may not have known where he was going. He even gave us agreat tips on where eat. He was awesome and totally made the weekend one we won't soon forget.

Room Tip: If you can find a room that isn't hot, snatch it up!
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Christopher C
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Good clean non smoking room (and no stale cigarette smell!) room - free upgrade to junior suite, comfy bed and great central heating which in January is needed! Fantastic location for the Ice Festival, close to the river, Zhaolin Park and right on the main street Zhangyang Lu.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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