We stayed at the Gloria Plaza in mid April 2013. 10 years ago we stayed here and it was quite new then and very nice. Now it is looking a bit worn, with frayed carpet and chipped woodwork, but the rooms were clean. The beds are rock hard (quite common in China). Our room had two single beds, and we squeezed the three of us in, since there was no room for a roll away bed. The bathroom tile looked a bit worn, but everything worked. There is no iron or ironing board supplied in the room, but there is a mini safe and bathrobes in the closet. The hotel overlooks the river, and there is a pedestrian mall street a few blocks away that is a good spot for a stroll and people watching. If you are a westerner you will get some looks, as we are not as common here as in more touristy cities like Beijing and Shanghai. But everyone was quite friendly. Breakfast was included in our rate and was quite good, with western and Chinese foods in the buffet, and exceptionally good baked goods. Desk staff was helpful and spoke some English. We sat in the lobby lounge one evening and ordered drinks, and after 15 minutes the rather confused bartender apologized and gestured that she was unable to figure out the drinks, so we had beer instead. Just as well, as ice from local water could possibly be a problem. (Bottled water is supplied in the room). Note that in China smoking indoors still is accepted in places like hotel lobbies, not a big deal to me but something that you need to get used to. There is a tiny indoor pool (swim caps required) and an adjacent workout room, but several pieces of equipment were out of order, as was the steam room and sauna. The surly gym attendant chewed me out for something, but since I don’t speak the language I don’t know what my sin was.
Overall it is a decent place but needs some updating; If I ever return I would take a look to see if newer properties are available.
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- Also Known As:
- Gloria Plaza Nanchang
- Gloria Grand Hotel Nanchang China - Jiangxi