Being our first trip to Xiamen, I had booked this hotel for our first and last nights in Xiamen. In between, we were in Quanzhou for two nights. As usual, I had depended on Tripadvisor.com to select this hotel and must say that I am not the least disappointed, however, I must also quantify that I am not blown away ...
Took a metered taxi from the Xiamen airport to the hotel, journey was around 20 minutes using the Tunnel Passes, costing RMB50. The other way using the round island route will be more scenic, taking about 30 minutes, but costing around RMB80.
Upon arrival at the Hotel at 1.15pm, we were told that our suite was still not ready. Feeling both tired and disappointed, we headed for lunch at its 2nd floor Chinese restaurant. The dim sum and ala-carte food was of good quality and yet, at reasonable prices. The Hotel's Lobby area is also very grand and impressive!
Having booked a non-smoking Seaview Suite on the higher floor, we were allocated room 1834, one of the corner rooms. Surprisingly, on entering the suite, we discovered that it was about 70sqm, spacious for my mum and myself, but not overly so for the price that the Hotel charges. At RMB1500, NO breakfasts was included in our package. Neither was there a complimentary fruit basket nor a floral arrangement - absolutely nothing!
Bed in the separated bedroom area was huge and comfy, bathroom comes with a nice tub and shower cubicle. The were 2 TVs in the suite and the sitting area is where I had added a single roll away bed for myself - the most comfy roll away bed on this trip but also the most expensive at RMB340! Other hotels only charge RMB100-200 for such a bed, but here, you would have to pay much much more.
The TVs had about 40 channels in total, about 4-5 are in English. Singaporeans will be happy that they even have ChannelNews Asia! The views out of our Seaview Suite was of Gulangyu island, nice but not as nice nor complete as the views from the Lujiang Harbourview Hotel which we had stayed our last night, after cancelling the last night at the Wyndham.
Other than no breakfasts, no acknowledgement of fruits nor flowers, the other main reason for not staying our last night here has to be the 7-8 minutes walk to the shopping street of Zhongsan Lu. This stretch of road has nothing interesting except a yet to complete Shopping complex with Starbucks and Breaktalk confectionery. My 70 year old mum was complaining about this walk, especially at the end of a shopping trip. Hence, I had booked a seaview suite at the Lujiang Harbourview and was pleasantly surprised there (see my other review).
Upon check out, the Receptionist lady did not even bother to ask why we had to cancel our second and last night with them, also no questions being asked like 'How was your stay'? I guess, when you stay at such large chain hotels, this is the sort of treatment you should expect. Overall, we did have a good nights sleep here but was not overwhelmed by its service nor quality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the city, overlooking the historical Gulangyu Island and its surrounding waters, the Swiss Grand Xiamen is within easy access of business, sightseeing, shopping and entertainments hubs. It is 15 minutes from Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, 20 minutes from the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Centre, 10 minutes from the railway station and just 5 minutes by foot from the ferry terminal. The Swiss Grand Xiamen is a contemporary yet classic upscale hotel that offers the savvy business or leisure traveler ultimate comfort and style with breathtaking views.The Swiss Grand Xiamen stand 28 stories tall and features 588 guest room. Stay connected in comfort and style. Indulge in the comfort of our rooms with Suisse signature bedding, complimentary WIFI and internet access, and rainforest showers. Club Chine Executive Floors are from Levels 24-28 with a spacious Club Lounge on Levels 26 and 27, pampering discerning business travelers with privileges and benefits. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wyndham Xiamen Hotel Xiamen