Yes, it was fun. You should really enter into the spirit of this place. I found it by a series of errors, which I won't describe. However, I was disappointed with a cheaper property owned by the same group, and I was seeking a mid-priced alternative. I should stress that the Venice is NOT mid-priced. However, you could say it has a better price-quality ratio than the cheaper OTC properties nearby. The differences are extremely obvious. (Perhaps that is intentional? I felt the OTC group were 'squeezing' their cheaper properties far too hard, and that a good old "Home Inn" might be better value at the bargain end.) In any case, I ended up splashing out, and it was definitely worthwhile.
What do I mean? Well, it's a costume party, really. The lovely girls in long gowns, the gondoliers opening doors, the heavy gold frames, opulent elevators, a little bridge inside, water features outside and a WONDERFUL, spacious, inviting upstairs pool area (make sure the pool is open if this is important to you, as hotel pools so often seem to be under 'maintenance'); and a genuinely enjoyable, even luxurious, business centre. (Oh, and the spacious room with balcony and good old-fashioned bathtub was so nice; remember to ask for smoke-free, if you are sensitive.) As well, they managed to prepare me a simple, off-the-menu pasta dish, in the attractive lobby cafe. The downstairs grill restaurant looked very inviting, but that's not my style. It would be rather nice for a romantic dinner, I guess... far from the steel and glass tower images of so many modern hotels. Even for a coffee, it's very pleasant. The lobby menu is not imaginative, but that is everywhere these days. The building itself is a European replica and was designed to be gracious from the start. If you can afford it, and if you are not too cynical, you might just have a very lovely time here. The staff certainly went out of their way to help me (e.g. with information on border crossings to Hong Kong, which can be confusing).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover Venetian charm and business success at the Venice Hotel ShenzhenLocated in the southwest of Shenzhen city, The Venice Hotel Shenzhen is within 5 minutes walk from the famous theme parks and shopping malls – Window of the World, Splendid China, Happy Valley, China Folk Culture Village, and Yitian Plaza. Moreover, we are just just 10 minutes drive from Futian Centre and the Hi-Tech Zone, 15 minutes drive from Shekou Harbour Passenger Terminal and Shenzhen Bay Port, and 20 minutes drive from Luohu Port and Shenzhen International Airport.Being the first international Venetian style hotel in China, The Venice Hotel Shenzhen represents a unique and distinctive Venetian theme. The hotel boasts 375 guest rooms and suites; eight function rooms and a 685 square meter pillar-less ballroom; seven restaurants and bars including the award-winning Blue Italian Seafood & Grill Restaurant and V Bar, the coolest venue in town for evening entertainment and live shows. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shenzhen Crowne Plaza