I stayed at the Venice Hotel Shenzhen during an ISO standards meeting held at the hotel. My room was very large and comfortable. It had excellent bedding and provided excellent sleep, something rather important during business travel. My room was very clean and cleaned very thoroughly on each day. The laundry service was also excellent.
My group rate included the buffet breakfast which was quite good, offering something for almost everybody including cooked-to-order omelets, fresh fruits, juices, as well as eastern and western style breakfast items.
We had group lunches in function rooms that were also fairly good; many times such bulk catering leaves much to be desired.
The internet service in the hotel was at no extra charge and in fact provided some of the highest bandwidth I have ever encountered in a hotel even during “peak hours.”
All members of the hotel staff were exceptionally friendly. However, once you get beyond the lobby staff, the English skills often left much to be desired, although the staff with poor English skills would always run off and quickly find a comrade whose English was a level or two better. At a five star hotel serving international business clientele, I would expect better performance in this particular aspect.
Complimentary bottles of “C'estbon Purified Water” are provided in each room and also are available in all meeting venues in the hotel. Why? Apparently according to a note fairly well hidden in the hotel directly in each room, the tap water in the hotel is NOT POTABLE (i.e., not safe for drinking)! If this in indeed the case, signage regarding that should be placed by the spigots in all guest room bathrooms and all common area restrooms. A better solution, though, would be for the hotel to use a reverse osmosis filtering system for all water used for cooking, dishwashing, and available at spigots for guests. This is truly a public health hazard.
Although otherwise helpful, the hotel staff tries to push its own limo service for longer distance transport to locations in Hong Kong other than the airport for fees of about $250 US-equivalent or more. Fortunately, one of the standards meeting staffers (not a Hotel employee) knew of a car service that would provide the same service for a little over half that cost.
The Venice theme is cute, but wears on you after a while. Sorry, but native Chinese dressed in Venetian gondolier uniforms in the lobby seems somewhat silly!
- 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