I'm travelling china with my friend and we decided to treat ourselves to a suite (rm9003), for two nights in a beach resort hotel the wyndham grand.
The journey from beijing to qingdao railway station was great, however the taxi ride from there to the hotel was now. Trying to get a taxi to start with is like trying to find gold dust. Near impossible. There is no taxi rank. When u finally get one you have to barter and haggle with driver for price as they will rip you off. Luckily my friend is Chinese and was not taking any rubbish from the driver. We paid 120RMB FOR ABOUT 45min transfer including road toll.
The hotel on pulling up looks massive (500 rooms) all have either city view (with a bit of sea view) or full sea view. We had the city view on the 9th floor. Top floor. When we arrived it was so foggy you could not see ten foot in front of yourself. That said, check in was quick and efficient. Deposit 5000RMB I think. Porters were quick to take our bags to our room. On entering our room...... Straight ahead was the living area with big wall mounted tv, big desk and chair. The door to balcony was here. The balcony runs the length of the room. At the end of the balcony though there was two nails sticking out of the floor that were only found once I had taken my shoes off. Quite painful...... But no damage done. Just to the right of the entrance was the luggage store/dressing room which leads off to bathroom. Walking through the living room gets you to the bedroom. Big double bed and tv. There is also a door that leads to the bathroom. When the curtains were open it is possible for an amazing view of qingdao.
When we checked in we received ticket for a free meal at the BBQ in the beer garden so off we went to find it in the for. The beer garden........... Turns out to be a blocked off bit of car park. But the food was lovely and my chopstick skills were tested for the first time.
The next morning the fog had lifted and the view was stunning. We could see for miles. We had breakfast in the restaurant on ground floor. The selection is wide and wonderful. I had double helpings of full English and then some fruit to finish. After that we went to the golden beach (this is the beach to be at if you are Chinese). We stayed there for a few hours then there was a typhoon warning so we had to leave and departed for the hotel again. The hotel has it's own beach (silver sands beach) that u can access by going to floor -1 in lift. There is a gym, a sort of supermarket and spa I think I saw a sign for. There were two swimming pools that I saw. The outside was was lovely and cool.
We had room service on second night for dinner. I had the burger which was lovely and my friend had pasta. We ate on the balcony and were entertained by the music from the beer garden in the distance.
I must admit before my friend said about qingdao I'd never heard of it before. But I'm glad I came. The hotel and staff were lovely. This hotel must cater mainly for Chinese customers and although I did see a few other non-Chinese guests it didn't stop people looking and staring at me every time I walked past which did make me a little uncomfortable. This hotel is a bit far away from everything and this is ok with me....... I like a bit of piece and quiet. The hotel is more like a resort where you never have to leave as every one of your needs is catered for.
Overall 9/10 even if it's a nightmare to get to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wyndham Grand Qingdao is a contemporary low-rise beach resort that emphasises its natural surroundings. The hotel is located 55 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes south of downtown Qingdao, overlooking the city skyline and the silver sand beach. The hotel boasts 518 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites as well as five specialty restaurants and bars. With access to a "private" beach, an indoor pool and a spa, the hotel is a luxurious leisure destination and also the closest international luxury beach resort to Beijing and Shanghai.Additionally, there are 12,800 square metres of meeting space and the largest pillar-less grand ballroom in mainland China, capable of seating 3,600 guests and making the Wyndham Grand Qingdao an unparalleled destination for meetings and events. Whatever the purpose of one’s stay, they are sure to feel welcome at the Wyndham Grand Qingdao.Wyndham Grand Qingdao welcomes guests to experience exotic flair. Come and enjoy Shandong hospitality in this stylish beach resort. ... more less
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