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“A good budget hotel”

7 Days Inn (Nanchang Train Station)
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7 Days Inn (Nanchang Train Station)
Ranked #164 of 702 Hotels in Nanchang
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“A good budget hotel”
Reviewed 30 January 2014

This hotel is part of a large chain: it has four properties in Nanchang and is in multiple cities all over China. It's a very large chain: large enough to have branded toilets and hand-basins and towel-rails (the first time I have seen that, in any hotel!).

This hotel prides itself on being a "Budget Family" hotel. It's a two-star, one step above a backpacker's hotel, and we must review it as such. Everything in this service offering is stripped right back to the bare essentials.

The rate card is a bit difficult to find: it's here: http://www.7daysinn.cn/product.php?action=pro11 If you pay for 8 days, you get one day 'free'.

Basically, the rack rate in Nanchang shows CNY 127 to 162 depending on the season. That's about $US 21 to $26.70 per night. And that's what I recommend this hotel for. If you need to save money, I strongly recommend the 7 Days Inn chain. Otherwise, you may be more comfortable if you go up one more star rating (in China, the star ratings are issued by the government and very accurate).

Security at this hotel is excellent. They provide fire evacuation smoke masks: you pull the mask over your head and pull the cord, it chemically-generates enough oxygen to give you 5 to 15 minutes to get out of the building without having to breath in the smoke from the fire. The lift certificates are up-to-date, the card-keys are re-purposed phone SIM cards that cannot be forged or copied, the evacuation diagrams are in every room, there are three non-slip mats in the bathroom. Even the emergency light units have current test certificates.

The room itself is a good size. The flooring is wood veneer, quite attractive and easy to keep clean. The bed is a queen-size, and very comfortable (many Chinese beds are too hard, this one is not). The room has an individual reverse-cycle air conditioner that you can set to any temperature you like. There's a TV with a full Chinese cable service (try CCTV 9, they have a good selection of English programming).

A small jug is provided to heat water (but no tea or coffee). There is no fridge (in winter, you can put drinks outside on the window sill, they will get very cold!).

In the bathroom, the hot and cold are clearly labelled and the shampoo and body wash are in containers on the wall, different colours so people who wear glasses know what they are doing when not wearing them.

However the special quarter-rolls of toilet paper become very annoying after a while. The Chinese have a thing about toilet paper: no public toilets have paper, everyone in China carries a large pack of tissues for the purpose, and you need to also, or you WILL be caught short. So hotel guests in China always steal the toilet paper. To keep costs down, the 7 Days Inn has these tiny rolls specially made for them, and only gives you enough ammunition for one day. But if the room service forgets to check... Well, you're doing a Robinson Crusoe because there's no other tissue in the room!

The Internet service is free (as it is in most Chinese hotels). But it is slow and patchy. You will need to insist to get an ethernet connection (never connect via WiFi in China unless you are quite comfortable sharing all your bank passwords etc with the rest of China). Make sure you take the WiFi router under the desk out of circuit, or everything you do on the cable will also be broadcast to the hackers across the road. Unlike more upmarket hotels, this internet service is inside the Great Firewall of China, which means you have to change to Google Hong Kong: no other Google services will be allowed through. And do not ever open web email: the hackers have installed a "man in the middle" attack that enables them to decrypt anything you do on your "secure" browser connection. Microsoft Outlook connects via a secure connection they can't break into.

The hotel provides breakfast for 7 Yuan (about $1.15). There is no laundry service and the front desk does not know of any (but there is one, across the road, turn left to go past the Bank of China and keep walking straight, do not turn right) that is cheap and good.

To sum up: If you need to save money, this hotel is secure and comfortable. Otherwise, spend another ten bucks a day and go up a star level for a more complete service.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Property: 7 Days Inn (Nanchang Train Station)
Address: No.68 Jiefang West Road, Xihu District, Nanchang 330000, China
Region: China > Jiangxi > Nanchang > Nanchang Railway Station , Xihu District
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Ranked #164 of 702 Hotels in Nanchang
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Number of rooms: 108
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