Check in and check out were efficient, friendly and helpful, room was spacious and comfortable, the only issue was hot water wasn’t hot enough or powerful enough. Breakfast was adequate but very Chinese oriented, service wasn’t a bit slow. Had drink at the pub as well, the atmosphere wasn’t bad when live music started, but in general very quiet. Not too hard to find a taxi but the real challenge for this hotel is there is no neighborhood wine and dine places to experience local cuisine.
The hotel museum is very interesting to browse, however it only opens after 11 and closes early, it will be quite a challenge if you have to be out and about most of the day for business and still want to take a look.
The real shame is the most beautiful parts of the hotel are actually lest used—the original lobby is cozy and classic but its entrance looked like closed. The Victoria garden is sunny and spacious, it would be ideal for breakfast venue. Some parts of the old building were very charming but because of lack lighting and occupants, it felt a bit spooky when we walked around.
In general, a short stay will satisfy your curiosity for the British influence in Tianjin.More