I usually don't stay at fancy hotels simply because I have limited resources and would rather spend money on food or tickets to attractions. However, this was for a special trip, and I decided to splurge. I am SO glad I did! I felt like royalty here: the front desk staff, the concierge, even the staff who work outside and welcome guests from cars and taxis, all went above and beyond for me. I have to especially brag about the woman at the front desk named Alisa. She helped me several times, and despite some miscommunication (on my part) always had my needs attended to. She went out of her way to help, even insisting that SHE be the one to check me out (there were several people at the desk when I left).
The room was nicely decorated and spacious, and my room rate included breakfast, which was also excellent. There were many choices both western and Chinese, and they had great coffee. The location is also pretty good. It's in the new part of Qingdao near May 4th square and the Olympic Sailing Center. If you do public transportation, there is a bus that picks up right outside the hotel that will get you to the Zhanqiao Pier, Zhongshan Park, and the Qingdao Catholic Church for 1 RMB.
I couldn't have asked for a better time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Qingdao City Centre, one of the most popular hotels managed by InterContinental Hotels Group, is the unique middle-scaled international branded hotel in the heart of Sailing City. Hotel is a only 10-minute walking to May Forth Square and Olympic Sailing Center; a 20-minute drive to the Railway Station. Some famous big shopping malls such like Carrefour, Hisense Plaza and MixC are surrounded by hotel. Yunxiao Road and Minjiang Road Local Famous Cuisine Street are just round the corner. Hotel all areas are fully covered by WIFI without any dead zone, supported by Aruba Networks from USA. Incredible speed will make you surf in the internet randomly and delightfully. Hotel has 322 stylish guestrooms, which are all feature flat-screen televisions and WIFI. Individual shower room or bathtub is setup for your easy choice. Soft and firm pillow are provided. Indulge your appetite in our master chef wit finest creations at our Ocean Cafe with splendid city views and open kitchen concept, while Yi Qing Yuan restaurant offers you Chinese fine-dining. For meetings or just to relax, have afternoon tea or evening cocktails at The Lounge. Host your events in our 11 functions rooms including our Seasons Ballroom, which is 524 square meters with a total seat of 600 guests comfortably. Come to relax your body and recover your energy in Health Club. Concierge can be of assistance of any tourism and transportation arrangement. ... more less
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