When in Dandong, this Crowne Plaza is the only place to stay. Do not kid yourself, there have not been any alternatives in town for accommodations if you desire any semblance of Western style service since the hotel opened its doors in 2008. In this part of China, warm hospitality services are uncommon, that is until the staff members get to know you. The employees are bound by fairly strict rules, and it does not help that the GM is no longer a Westerner, but a local with a financial/accounting background (ie penny pinching). The majority owner of the hotel is the local electric power company.
This hotel is in the flood zone (ie outside the flood barrier walls), so in the rare case of flood warnings during the summer season, the entire hotel may be evacuated.
The peking duck in the on-site Chinese restaurant is good.
Your best bet is to talk to Vanessa (if she is the duty manager; she has spent time abroad in Europe), for any situations that may require special handling.
I always request the Deluxe xx09 rooms, they are the corner rooms that affords you the best views at nighttime when the neon lights turn on all over the city and the bathroom is not tiny like the Superior or Executive Floor rooms; the trade-off is that the room is colder in the Winters and hotter in the Summers that the other room types.
Do not have high expectations of the executive lounge, other than it is a nice spot for scenic views of North Korea (there is a telescope up there). If you are not staying on one of the three executive floors, just take the handicap accessible elevator and press 27 and you can get up there for a visit.
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- Friend Plaza Hotel Dandong, on the banks of the Yulu River, is the city's first International 5 star Hotel. Luxurious guest rooms, meticulous service and quality entertainment make it the choice for both business and leisure travellers. ... more less
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