We stayed a week at the Haide while visiting our son, who is teaching in Baotou. I booked through CTrip and got a business suite at a reasonable rate.
The hotel is, unsurprisingly, geared towards the business traveller rather than tourists. The staff were, on the whole, helpful and courteous, with enough English to enable us to communicate effectively (my Mandarin is all-but non-existent!). The room was spacious, comfortable and mercifully free of the "wildlife" one may find in Chinese hotels - though more attention to actually vacuuming the floor would have been appreciated. The very reasonably priced minibar was really useful - as was the free wifi available in the lobby area.
Breakfast was a little underwhelming - but we only sampled this once. We did, however, avail ourselves of the bar menu, and can recommend the Club Sandwich. Getting served, however, can take some time so be prepared for a substantial gap between ordering and receiving your drinks and/or food!
While not on a par with the Shangri-La, the Haide is a comfortable hotel, well located and reasonably quiet (if well away from the club floor - which we were) - and offers decent value for money in a city where decent hotels are surprisingly expensive.
One final note - the Great Spoon Fiasco. At breakfast I accidentally dropped a serving spoon, and the tip of the handle broke on impact. I thought no more of the matter until leaving the restaurant, when I was accosted and a demand made for 20Yuan to replace the broken spoon! I was flabbergasted. I have never been collared in this way before - in a supposedly 4 (or 5?) star hotel - and asked to pay for a trivial breakage. I have since found that this is considered par for the course in China - but for a country and culture that prides itself on its hospitality I think this is a most ungracious and inhospitable. I refused to pay - but expect it was added to my bill in any case. It's not the amount though - it's the principle.
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