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China Community Art And Culture
Ranked #27 of 1,672 Hotels in Qingdao
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“Unique hotel - great location”
Reviewed September 6, 2011

We came to Qingdao for a weekend trip to visit some friends and therefore wanted a hotel that is in the city center, without paying a fortune. After checking the rankings here at Tripadvisor we chose this hotel because of its good reviews and fair pricing.

the hotel is well located, near fuzhou bei lu and quite close to xianggang zhong lu (Crowne plaza). There are many restaurants around the hotel, which is great. especially the sichuan restaurant closeby is great!
The hotel itself has great interior design. many traditional chinese furniture mixed with some design pieces.
Our room itself was clean but small and since we booked the business residence, the room had a window, but it was inside the buidling. so no direct sunlight, which was disappointing. we stuck with the room because we wouldnt spend much time there anyway..
all in all a good experience. i would book it again but would choose the more expensive room with nicer window :-)

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

We thought we'd give this unique place a try - based on it's mainly favourable reviews, a sense of adventure, and my limited Chinese. Not that no-one spoke a word of English here - far from it, but come on.. this is not the Shangri-la, nor the Intercontinental and it's certainly not pretending to be. If you're looking for 5 star, stay at a 5 star. If you're looking for a unique slice of Qingdao, then stop here. If you're not sure, book a night at the 5 star place you just read about, but have dinner here (the big circular room is an amazingly good restaurant) - when you've eaten more dumplings than you've ever had before, browse the art through out the 5 floors, and ask to see the best two hotel rooms that are free (they're all a bit different). What this hotel achieves cannot be matched by any of the chain hotels - it's ambition is based on art and culture, not popularity and frequent traveller stamps. You won't get cookies and a weather report on your pillow at night - hey, you won't get a fridge in your room unless you ask for one! But you will get a sense that you've just woken up in one of the most delightful places you've ever stayed, and that whoever designed your room really put a lot of thought and care into every detail.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

I was very pleasantly surprised to find such a hotel in Qingdao.
As I'm able to get very good rates from 5* hotels due to my work, on this occasion I was unable to find room at any of the usual western hotels. I recalled a recommendation made by a friend that I would find this hotel "interesting". And it was.

A lovely boutique hotel in a lively area of Qingdao. Its quirky, its artsy, its whimsical.
With a caring staff and decent amenities, we enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 5, 2010

We spent 4 nights at this hotel during the 4th stop in our 3 weeks in China. We reserved two king rooms for ourselves and our son and his fiancé.

Check-in and Lobby:
This is a unique hotel to say the least. It is located down an alley that has been designated a cultural area with historical markers as you enter. The first structure you encounter is a round, 3 story wooden building housing the restaurant where the dinner theatre is held. The second entrance is to the hotel lobby, which houses several cages of birds and ponds with water inside and outside.

The front desk clerks are friendly, and we were easily able to get our rooms and a discount card they sell because our son’s fiancé is Chinese and they had eaten here before. She found the hotel and made the reservations for our rooms. They would not accept a foreign credit card for the room deposit, so she used her own Visa for our deposit. We paid about 60USD per night for each room, and consider this a good value.

The manager is quite helpful and eager to please guests. She speaks English and will arrange things for you. They brought a dish of ice to our room each morning at 10, and we stored it in our fridge. The only city map they have is in Chinese, so bring your own if you need another language.

Our rooms were both kings, 5127 and 3131, with sitting areas and decent outside windows. The beds are a hard by US standards, but have 4 pillows, which help with cushioning. The sofa has a wooden seat that resembles a bench, so a couple of pillows cushion the hardness. The hotel is located a block away from the busy street so street noise is low for a Chinese city.

The A/C works well while the free, wired internet service is helpful. There are a couple of English speaking channels on the TV; the BBC is one of our favorites. There is no CNN channel. The hotel is quite clean, and they provide two free bottles of drinking water each day. It is important not to drink the tap water in all of China.

The bath in 5127 is crowded with a glass shower enclosure and a separate toilet closet. The shower water temperature tends to fluctuate. It is easy to bang into the glass shower wall getting out of bed in the dark, but it did not crash down around me. Did scare me a bit though.

So we switched to a larger king room, 2119, after the first night. It has a huge sitting area and 2 windows for more light. Being located on the corner of the building over the kitchen is a problem because they recycle glass bottles and trash at odd hours and the staff congregate below our windows for their breaks. If you take a corner room on this end of the hotel, try to get the 5th floor, the highest one.

The rooms are clean, and the refrigerator we requested arrived just as we made it to the room. It is nice having cold beer and drinks in the room because most restaurants in the neighborhood serve hot water and do not have ice, which we Southerners crave year round. There is a small grocery across the street from the main entrance, and it is easy picking up food for our room.

There is a lot of art in this hotel, and it is refreshing to look at as you wander around. Much of the furniture is for sale and has price tags on it. The building is 4 stories high (with no 3rd floor), and the 3 elevators work well. There is a somewhat modular feel to the rooms. Being at the end of the hall, it took a long time to get hot water in our shower. We had to let it run for about 5 minutes, which seemed wasteful.

The restaurant and dinner theatre
We reserved a 2nd floor table in the round restaurant building for the dinner theatre, which was a short, but entertaining, performance. The best act is the dancer who pours tea from a long spout into a cup from many different angles. We ordered 7 dishes off the dinner menu, and all were delicious. Our favorites were the thin mushrooms and fresh fish, which you select live from a tank. The dinner with a bottle of wine and performance cost less than 20US per person.

Breakfast at the hotel
We had breakfast 3 mornings in the round restaurant with a huge selection of Chinese foods. I enjoyed the fried eggs, bacon and slices of watermelon. My husband liked the dumplings, fruits, and pork. By the 3rd day, they knew to bring us glasses of ice for our cold water and bottled iced tea, which we brought with us to the restaurant. It is difficult to find diet cola in most Chinese restaurants, so we sometimes take our own and ask for ice.

What to do in Qingdao
The hotel is located in a mixed commercial and residential area that sees few foreigners from what we could tell. There are some lovely pottery pieces in the shop outside the entrance to the hotel, but we could not ship them home, so could not buy any. Many of the pots are huge…3-4 feet high. There also are antique markets in the neighborhood.

We took the walking tour of the Tsingtao Beer Factory and enjoyed the historical info and watching the beer being made and bottled. This beer is Qingdao’s most famous product. Taxes are plentiful and inexpensive. The airport shuttle bus stops about 10 minutes from the hotel and is inexpensive.

We also liked strolling through the original campus of Ocean University. The German-style of architecture with hip roofs is a change from buildings in the rest of China. The new campus is located 45 minutes from downtown and is also easy on the eyes. There are large mountains on the edge of town making a lovely setting. There are several nice temples to visit in the area as well.

For entertainment, we took a taxi to B&Q, the Chinese version of Home Depot; my husband was in heaven as we cruised the aisles comparing Chinese products with those we can get in the US. We also walked through the two story Super Wal-Mart downtown to compare it with stores at home. The grocery section is totally different with hundreds of foods we did not recognize. The seafood department has the most items that are foreign to us.

We visited the beach (Old Stone Man) late one afternoon, and sat on a wooden bleacher and watched the action in the sand. The water was cold, but the air temp was perfect for relaxing. The kids played Frisbee, and we did nothing for an hour.

There are many outdoor sculptures that provide good photo opportunities in the parks and malls of Qingdao. The huge numbers of cypress and juniper trees are lovely in this town with lots of alternating red and green plants in the landscape. Manicured beds are all over; this makes the town easy on the eyes.

We enjoyed the uniqueness of this hotel. The staff were eager to please us even though we had problems communicating in English with some of them. The dinner theatre was a good experience with excellent dishes and enthusiastic servers. This hotel is definitely worth a try.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 25, 2010

After trapsing around the standard big hotels (Intercon, Copthorn etc.) we were recommended this hotel by an in-the-know local and we were not disappointed. Each room is decorated in a unique style that combines modern day design and traditional Chinese art. Don't expect to see many westerners there..I think the Chinese are keeping this hotel a secret! Our room was at the bottom of our private traditional chinese staircase and was a mix of old and new. Very charming. Excellent linens, new TV, great shower and fresh fruit in the morning. The hotel restaurant is well worth a visit, the food excellent. Try and get a table in one of the first floor alcoves that looks over the main dining area below. The service was excellent, if you stay at the hotel, Sophia will sort you out. She helped make our train bookings, made recommendations for sightseeing and was a delight to interact with. Oh, and the massages at the hotel are also very good-- chinese style.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: China Community Art And Culture
Address: No.8 Minjiang 3rd Road, Shinan District, Qingdao 266071, China
Location: China > Shandong > Qingdao
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #27 of 1,672 Hotels in Qingdao
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — China Community Art And Culture 3.5*
Number of rooms: 162
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