This was the low season when we travelled to Qingdao. We chose to stay at this hotel with the information provided by previous lodgers at this website. With their advice, we could find such an unique hotel and had so special travel experience, especially in China. We should say "thank you" to them. It was actually the former Guest House, office and residence of former German Governor of Qingdao. It is a famous museum and tourist spot nowadays. As described by one of the travellers in this website, it is a "gem" in Qingdao.
The staff in this hotel are very friendly, polite and helpful. Though we are the only customers in the first three days of our stay, they served us no worse than anywhere we experienced in other five star hotels. The food provided by her Chinese restaurant where we had breakfast every morning were very delicious. Though not buffet type to be served, we were given more than enough choice and quantities we needed. No wonder we could kept finding customers driving to their restaurant every day and night, just for their lunch and dinner. Yet their prices are no cheaper when compared to those restaurants at the famous tourist spots, Yuenxiaolu. Lucky that our room rates included our daily breakfast.
This is a small boutique hotel which will not be suitable for travellers who are searching convenient five-star commercial hotel in the city centre. But we can reach anywhere by taking cabs which usually costed around RMB 9.00-18.00 and RMB135.00 to and from airport.
We had a wonderful stay in this hotel. However, we should warn travellers not to book "private tour" from the front desk of the hotel. We had really bad experience with the tour guide and driver during our first day travel. We paid our private car and guide who were unwilling to take us anywhere, but just the three places they decided for us. After nearly argued with them, they relunctantly took us to 2 more places and left us at 3:00pm which supposed to be a full day trip (9:00am - 6:00pm). I believe that the hotel should change their travel partner, otherwise it will only spoil their reputation.
Here is an another tip for travellers in this season. Travellers will need to prepare a "not very warm welcome" by the local people in the winter seasons. Everyone we met told us that the weather is cold and December is usually the low seasons for tourism. It is partly true but I believe that the attitude of local are the main reason for low season. We had been in LA and Las Vegas in the same X'mas season and weather. But we had had a really gorgeous and great trips. What a waste for this beautiful city of Qingdao!!
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