One word for this budget hotel is phenomenal.
For RMB 315 I stayed in a standard non-smoking double room which was comfortable, stylish and with the exception of the fairly loud carpet, understated. This is my type of hotel - you will see from my pictures that the room just looks good and in a industry and shopping focused town, such accomodations at least make your stay a comfortable one. To summarize, this hotel has me looking first for an Express Holiday Inn in future stays in Asia before looking at any other options. This is a budget hotel but it sure doesn't feel like one. Personally, unlike a review several posts down from my fellow Canadian traveller, I don't need a bathrobe nor do I need a minibar or king sized bed. What I need are clean sheets, a bathroom that doesn't make me feel like I want to hurry up and do my business and to feel respected and valued as a customer.
Print out the Chinese name of the hotel and bring your room key holder which has a map - some cab drivers especially those that aren't stationed in Luohu don't know where this hotel is because it is in a residential area with little for the Western tourist. I took maybe 4 cab rides to/from the hotel - only 1 cab driver spoke Cantonese and all have limited English ability. Twice the driver had to call someone for help in getting to the hotel.
Lobby and hallways are pristine - understated but neat. Tasteful faux cherry wood panels Staff uniforms are dress casual which fit the personality of the hotel. Internet terminals and couches to lounge in as well as vending machines in the lobby. 1st floor has a laundry room similar to a university dorm - buy tokens to use the drier and washer from the main floor. I believe its the 2nd or 3rd floor on which the Grand Room is located - a trendy place where the complimentary breakfast and lunch and dinner are served. Huge variety in the places you can enjoy your meal - pleather couches, counter top with highly elevated chairs where you can find two internet terminals (there are separate logins for different language configurations- at least 5 or 6), booths and also regular tables. Other interesting fact that is that there is some sort of air freshener that keeps the air smelling fresh - only 1 floor I was on smelled of cigarettes so the hotel's air was generally acceptable.
See pictures. The only quirk - which also exists at the HK Causeway Bay Location is that one door either shuts the bathroom door and leaves the shower open, or swings the other way to close the shower but leave the washroom open. It's different - but effficient - so when you are using the shower you can still access the toilet/sink. The shower itself is HUGE - there is plenty of room and you don't feel claustrophobic at all. Some of tiny tiles are coming off though and water tends to pool fairly quickly in the shower which is not much more elevated than the floor of the rest of the bathroom so be careful. The safe in the closet is bolted down - a plus - and there are actually two gas masks in case of fire at the bottom of the closet..now that one's new. Bed is very comfortable with 2 soft pillows and 2 "hard" pillows - your choice as to which is more comfortable..I used the hard and slept like a baby. Great mp3 alarm clock on the night table. Internet connection was very good.
I attached a picture of the various options available at the buffet (runs from 6-10 - don't come at 9:30 or you risk food running out like what happened to the traveller):
- Fruit/salad/juice bar: watermelon, lettuce (with thousand island dressing), coffee, tea, grapefruit juice, apple juice, soya milk
- Toast/congee bar - plain or flavoured congee with various toppings - suggest the beans/ground pork and pickled veg, bread also available for toasting
- Pork buns and green onion buns
- Fried noodles, rice with egg, steamed vegetables, scrambled eggs, sausage (tasted more like mini hot dogs), bacon, etc
Sufficient, not anything spectacular - but in the motto of the hotel "nothing more, nothing less"
For 50 canadian dollars - you have nothing to lose. If there was more to do in Shenzhen other than shop I would have staed longer. The same chain is three times the price in HK so it's a serious bargain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arriving at Holiday Inn Express Shenzhen Luohu is easy. We're just 38km from Shenzhen International Airport and 3km from Luohu train station. Our modern high-rise hotel is also close to Dajuyuan metro station, where trains speed you to the Central Business District in just 10 minutes. Complimentary wireless Internet in your stylish Guest room keeps you connected.Invite colleagues to Holiday Inn Express Shenzhen Luohu for a conference in our high-tech meeting room. You can print agendas and check email in the 24-hour self-service Business Centre, and it's just 4 metro stops to events at Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre. Train services from Luohu station take just 1 hour to reach Hong Kong.It's 3.5km from the hotel to buzzing Huaqiangbei, the place to shop for the very latest in computer and electronic gadgetry. Pick up stylish outfits and leather handbags in huge MixC Shopping Mall, one of the biggest in China, or hop in a taxi to haggle for bargains in the shoppers' paradise of Dongmen district and Luohu Commercial City.Chinese congee porridge is served alongside western choices like poached eggs and toast at Holiday Inn Express Shenzhen Luohu 's complimentary breakfast buffet. Relax on the sofas in our vibrant Great Room, and enjoy a beer with friends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Luohu Shenzhen Hotel Shenzhen
- Holiday Inn Express Shenzhen
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