When I arrived to the hotel, I was initially met with a smile followed by a “oh no” attitude, as now they had to understand English. And I must say, it was one of the longest check-in times, which I´ve ever had experienced – even with a pre-booked room. The English is limited to “card” (credit card that is) and “goodbye”, even though I just arrived ?! …anyway, that’s could be very funny, if I did not arrive at the hotel at 2 am after a 22 hours travelling time and 2 hours’ drive from Qingdao airport.
The room I was provided was very large (with is pretty much standard in China) and nicely cleaned. Pretty fair room and was satisfied….until I laid on the bed ! The bed was harder than concrete and it might be good for a skinny Chinese, but it was neither healthy nor comfy for a 100 kg north European guy. So after a few nights in the bed, you will get desperate and will add additional blankets, pillows, towels, laundry, bathrobes and a piece of the carpet on the bed..and it actually takes the worst of the hardness.(free tip)
The breakfast is a very large buffet with mostly Chinese stuff…but for me I could handle 20% of the dishes, without getting the system flushed out (after 2 days, you’ll know the good from the bad) Some of the dishes is described in English…but I guess the head chef, is just as comfortable with English as the reception girls.
The bar thing…yes, they have a bar, but very boring and is placed in the lobby …1 beer there and you are ready to go to bed..sorry. Other options in or near the hotel ?!...NO..well, there is a “KTV” next to the hotel, but this private room karaoke stuff, does not do the trick for me. So load your electronic devices with music from back home, buy a few six-packs in the supermarket(in the KTV) and do hammertime in your room !...forget streaming, as the wireless in very unstable in the room.
Dinner/lunch also have a big variety but after a few days, I got tired of the same same Chinese thing..so next to the hotel there is a KFC, which can ease up on your stomach – not healthy I know….but is 5 days with a rocket butt healthy ?
So would I recommend this hotel…well, apparently this is the best hotel in this city for foreigners , then it’s with a big consideration, that I have decided to recommend this hotel…just for your own safety, regards to health !
Ps..The hotel have a well-equipped gym on the top floor with free weights, treadmills and multitower, which can be used…if your back allows it after sleeping on concrete after a few days…
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