I stayed at the historical wing and overall, it was a good stay in a fantastic hotel immersed in history. But there are still some issues which got me pretty upset.
Firstly, I was not informed that one of the rooms on my floor is a 24/7 buddhist shrine. Apparently, it was used by the Panchen Lama before and the management had converted the hotel into a shrine. Imagine the fright that I got when returning to my room at 2 in the morning and hearing buddhist music coming out of this room.
Secondly, the swimming "pool" is not exactly a pool. There are 2 lap pools, each measuring about 10m by 1.5m and 1.2m deep. I got from one end to the other in a stroke.
Thirdly, there's a "trapdoor" large enough for me to enter, in my closet. When I pushed it open, it is actually the entrance to a room where there are many water pipes. I never entered the room coz it was dark, but I suspect that my next door neigbor could have entered my room via this "trapdoor".
The last issue is what irks me most, and it should not be happening to an SPG hotel. It's the lack of communication between the housekeeping dept and the front desk. I had forgotten to pack my bag of laundry when I checked out, and upon realizing it after I had returned to Beijing at 8pm, I called the hotel and after checking with the housekeepers, they had the cheek to tell me that the housekeeper found it while cleaning the room after I had left. Between my check-out at 11am till 8pm, no one at the hotel called me about this. What makes it worst was that I did not leave Tianjin immediately after checking out. I had infact placed my luggage with the conceirge and the front desk knew that I would be back at 6pm to pick up my stuffs. So why didn't anyone at the hotel call me within the 7hours, or tell me when I returned at 6pm? I am scratching my head.
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- The Astor Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tianjin, a central feature of the regeneration of Tianjin's historic centre, the heritage gem evokes the romance of a bygone era with all the contemporary luxuries of a world-class hotel. The Hotel overlooks the Hai River in the heart of the Heping financial district. Hotel features 152 elegantly appointed rooms and suites in both classic Victorian style and more contemporary elegance. All rooms are equipped with 42-inch LCD TVs, CD/mp3 sound stations, Lavazza Capsule coffee machine and high-speed Internet access. Hotel features five exciting dining and wining venues. ShuiAn serves an authentic Cantonese and local cuisines, while Cafe Majestic is an all-day-dining restaurant with 24-hour A-la-Carte menu. For the extraordinary European cuisine, head to 1863 Bistro & Terrace which has more than one hundred year culinary tradition. The Victorian Lounge offers a wide range of beverages and British High Tea. The Award-winning British Gentleman bar - O'Hara Bar is famous for single malt whisky, selected wines, feature cocktails and live jazz show. A total of 730 sqm of conference and meeting space includes the Buckingham Ballroom with a fine domed ceiling, and the Windsor Multi-Function Rooms. Over 700 square meters of space is dedicated to the hotel's own museum, a testament to The Astor Hotel's long heritage and pivotal role in Tianjin's development. The nearby pier, which is owned by the hotel, will be used as a jump-off point for river cruises. As a Luxury Collection Hotel, The Astor Hotel Tianjin provides a range of signature services, including 'Luggage Liaison', a suite of travel services including luggage storage and unpacking/packing services upon request, and 'News Paper Direct', a print-on-demand service for over 520 newspapers. ... more less
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