Supposed to be a 5 star hotel, but completely short of 5 star expectation. First, they gave us a room that was still being used. Then the keys cannot open the second room. Once we get in the room, everything seems old. The morning buffet are short of options, and full of some Chinese conference people.
What is the most outrages thing is that we asked the hotel front desk to book us tickets to the polar sea world tour. Somebody picked us up at the hotel with a nice car, and then transferred us to another mini bus cramming with people. We then got off at a shabby residential area, and asked us to pay for the tickets. Once we paid, we were given a fake pink slip without any ticket, and then we were on that bus to the Sea World. We were dropped off in the parking lot on the back of the Sea World, there hundreds of tourists are waiting. Then someone with a little flag yelled us to queue. We were waiting under the blistering sun for 30 minutes to make a quene, then the guide lead us to the group entrance of the Sea World. The hotel basically sold us to some tour group operator!!!
There are scams everywhere in Qingdao for tourists. Everybody tries to squeeze some money from the innocent tourist. Be aware or as I told myself, I would never return!More