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Jinhai New Century Grand Hotel Ninghai
Ranked #4 of 90 Hotels in Ninghai County
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“Did you say Howard Johnson?”
Reviewed 17 May 2012

This hotel was booked for us as the Howard Johnson Hotel by a business associate in China and we arrived in Ningbo by train from Shanghai, only to realize that our hotel was in Ninghai, some 110km further. Negotiated a good fair with the taxi driver, not knowing how far away Ninghai was (gave him RMB 50.00 extra on arrival). At first thought we were at the wrong place as we were dropped off at the Jinhai New Century Grand Hotel instead of Howard Johnson. Nowhere were there any referral to Howard Johnson whatsoever. Our reservations were nevertheless in order and they were expecting us and we were greeted with a hot towel and tea on checking in. Nobody could explain the confusion until another guest who stayed there 6 months ago came to the rescue and told us that The hotel was sold to New Century group recently, hence the name change. The hotel staff still did not understand our confusion, maybe nobody told them about the cahanges?

Staff were very friendly and eager to please. We stayed on the executive floors with access to executive lounge where drinks and very nice snacks were served every night between 18:00 and 20:00. Breakfast was good and for around RMB 800.00 per room per night, this hotel offered real value for money. Not much else to see and do, as it is situated on the outskirts of Ninghai city. Good for visiting factories in the vicinity, but if you need to experience more, rather stay in downtown Ningbo.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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maggie x, Manager at Jinhai New Century Grand Hotel Ninghai, responded to this review, 16 September 2012
Dear guest,
Thank you for staying at Jinhai New Century Grand Hotel Ninghai, we can feel that you are very puzzled, here is the thing: The New Century Group had taken over this hotel on March 1st, so the management company had changed from Howard Johnson to New Century Group. As for why no staff could explain your doubts, maybe they did not understand what you said or maybe they did not know how to explain it in English, I assure you they all know the changes. In a word, we do apologize for the inconvenience we had caused to you. As a guest, you enjoy the same service. Both foreign and domestic hotels would like to convey our warmth to guests. We sincerely look forward to severing you again and wish you a happy life.
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

Stayed in Jan 2012. Friendly staff and good sized rooms. Probably somewhere you would only come on business. Kareoke club in hotel was a great experience , get your suppliers to take you. Very nice but not as good as Howard Johnson in Ningbo.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

I got to the hotel after a full day of work and travel. I was greeted with a hot towel and a cup of tea while I was waiting to do the check in. That was great, and an indication of the excellent service I was going to enjoy during my stay.

The restaurant is open 24h, which is great when arrival is after regular dinner times in the area and everything else is closed. The breakfast buffet has many options, all of them very fresh.

The towels are the best quality and the amenities are high quality and assorted. The slippers, the softest ever. I'm not exaggeratin, I really loved the hotel. The views from the room in the morning are to a park, with more trees than you can imagine.

quick tip: the outlet for the internet cable is hidden on the desk, on the right hand side, under the brochure holder (it took me a bit to find it.)

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Property: Jinhai New Century Grand Hotel Ninghai
Address: No.399 Jinshui Road, Ninghai County 315600, China
Region: China > Zhejiang > Ninghai County
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 90 Hotels in Ninghai County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Jinhai New Century Grand Hotel Ninghai 5*
Number of rooms: 282
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