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“Good Hotel, but way out of Town”

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Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou
Ranked #11 of 526 Hotels in Fuzhou
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8 reviews
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“Good Hotel, but way out of Town”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

This hotel is new and very nice, the rooms are clean and comfortable with big bath tubs and good amenities with a brand new fitness center - nothing like the stateside HOJOs. The food and service is good, but most of the staff does not speak much English and simple requests can be a challenge. Also, there is nothing to do close to the hotel.

My only real complaint about the hotel is that the concierge desk is worthless. I was there for three weeks for business and getting set up with any weekend activities is a complete no-go -and even getting a taxi out is a challenge. The hotel is on the outskirts of Fuzhou (Mawei to be exact) and some taxis will not even bring you to the hotel from the city center.

So if you have business in Mawei, this is a good choice, but don't plan on doing much besides retiring into your bed every night.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Howard Johnson ... F, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou, responded to this review, 8 September 2015
Thank you very much for your online comments. We truly appreciate your stays with us and Concierge will always at your service for free shuttle bus to Finance Street. We are very committed to improve those shortcomings you have mentioned and looking forward to welcome you back at our hotel. --MarCom from Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza,Fuzhou
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

I've stayed here for four nights for business and can say I wasn't very impressed. Hardly anyone speaks English, which made ordering food and simple requests impossible. I have been bitten several times at night in my room and I haven't even had my window open. Ordering room service was a hassle as they didn't understand me. My food when it came was raw and not cooked well as I'd requested. Breakfast is ok but not 5*. I wouldn't recommend staying here if your English. Next time I will go with the Sheraton

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Howard Johnson ... F, Manager at Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou, responded to this review, 13 June 2013
Dear guest, many thanks for your valued comments! Our aim is to provide a comfortable and relax environment to our staying guest after a hectic day of work. We will continue to work hard, to improve our service. We look forward to welcome you again at Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou and serve you better!
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Plossberg, Deutschland
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Reviewed 24 May 2013 via mobile

I was Staying 7 Nights in this hotel. The hotel and the Rooms are clean. Good Service and friendscout Stuff. The restaurant is a Little Bit overpriced. In the Bar was Not enough to Drink available. Takes GEW dass to get New delivery.

Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Howard Johnson ... F, Manager at Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou, responded to this review, 1 June 2013
Dear guest, many thanks for your valued comments! Our hotel is designed to suit for both business and leisure travelers with all rooms equipped with complimentary use of Internet access, satellite TV with world news channel to keep our guest up to current affairs. With our unique outdoor facilities swimming pool with Jacuzzi pool, fitness center, 3 theme restaurants, KTV and Spa, all can serve our guest better. Our aim is to provide a comfortable and relax environment to our staying guest after a hectic day of work. We look forward to welcome you again at Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou and serve you better!
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Ningbo, China
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Reviewed 19 May 2013 via mobile

Have stayed here many times over the past 6 months and it has greatly improved since. One problem was that English was little understood beyond the good morning or evening. Any request was met with confusion and delays until someone could come and try and understand. This has to a large extent been rectified now. The hotel has a lovely riverside walk and an outdoor pool which for a large part of the year remains closed on account of the the 'cold ' weather. Really Fuzhou has very mild weather so this is puzzling. The fare in the coffee shop has improved and one can even find a mutton toga josh done fairly creditably. What made my stay here special was a guest relation manager who happened to be from India and who did a lot to make a difference to my stay.
The location of the hotel close to Mawei make it ideal for my work.

Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Howard Johnson ... F, Manager at Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou, responded to this review, 22 May 2013
Dear guest, many thanks for your valued comments! Our hotel is designed to suit for both business and leisure travelers with all rooms equipped with complimentary use of Internet access, satellite TV with world news channel to keep our guest up to current affairs. With our unique outdoor facilities swimming pool with Jacuzzi pool, fitness center, 3 theme restaurants, KTV and Spa, all can serve our guest better. Our aim is to provide a comfortable and relax environment to our staying guest after a hectic day of work. We look forward to welcome you again at Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou and serve you better!
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

Stayed a night in this hotel on business. Was told that location was in Mawei and not exactly Fuzhou, which was quite a distance away. For us the location made sense as it was close to the shipyards that we needed to visit.

The room was pretty large and well appointed. Comfortable bed, nice shower and decent lighting. The only critique I had was Internet was excruciating slow. To be fair, this was common on my trip in China and could be the fault of the provider. We tried the the Japanese restaurant and thought the food was fair at best.

Overall, came away with a good impression. Stay here if you don't mind the distance to the city center or if you have business close to the hotel. Good value for the price we paid.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Howard Johnson ... F, Marcom Executive at Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou, responded to this review, 18 March 2013
Dear guest, many thanks for your valued comments! Our hotel is designed to suit for both business and leisure travelers with all rooms equipped with complimentary use of Internet access, satellite TV with world news channel to keep our guest up to current affairs. With our unique outdoor facilities swimming pool with Jacuzzi pool, fitness center, 3 theme restaurants, KTV and Spa, all can serve our guest better. Our aim is to provide a comfortable and relax environment to our staying guest after a hectic day of work. Our professional taxi team, luxurious taxi types, provide more comfortable and convenient service. We look forward to welcome you again at Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou and serve you better!
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Fuzhou, China
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

As a Business trip , The quality of any service inside the Hotel was so nice , The size of Room was excellent , The Internet & Wi-Fi were working so well , The breakfast was nice in particular with great assistance and smile of Mr.Tarun who tried his best to understand our requirement and translate to the Chinese staff . The team at the front desk was very helpful and active especially the best effort by Ms. Geetika , the location is not in the City Center but this district will be the main business hub during short time .

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Howard Johnson ... F, Marcom Executive at Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou, responded to this review, 31 January 2013
Dear guest, many thanks for your valued comments! For guests to provide "Your Expectations, Are Exceeded" service is our aim. Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou is your ideal destination for business activities and leisure vacation.
We look forward to welcome you again at Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou and serve you better!
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Turin, Italy
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2012

what i need in an good hotel?
1) comfortable bed: OK
2) silence: OK
3) nice breakfast: OK
4) internet and WIFI: OK
5) some kind of style and luxury (in case of 4 or 5 stars): OK
6) price: OK
smiling staff, spacious room, all amenities in the room, clean, almost 'brand-new' even if it's already 'antique' for China standard (1 year).
the only (tiny) problem: the corridor are dark, to find the room you need infrared eyes!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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Howard Johnson ... F, Marcom Executive at Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou, responded to this review, 20 December 2012
Dear guest, many thanks for your valued comments! For guests to provide "Your Expectations, Are Exceeded" service is our aim. Nearby attractions include Wanda Plaza, Mawei Ship Cultural Tourism Scenic Spot and latest exhibition center about 15 minutes by car. It’s convenient with only 25 minutes drive from airport and Central Business District with our professional limo service. We designed 284 guest rooms and suites with various luxurious facilities. Besides an exclusive executive floor for discerning guests, three restaurants, lounge, tea room and KTV with distinctive atmosphere offer you different preferences to meet with your guest. We look forward to welcome you again at Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou and serve you better!
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Property: Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou
Address: No.86 Jiangbin Avenue East, Fuzhou 350015, China
Region: China > Fujian > Fuzhou
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 526 Hotels in Fuzhou
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Howard Johnson Riverfront Plaza Fuzhou 4.5*
Number of rooms: 284
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