Don’t be put off by the slight smell of fish as you enter the Reception area. Agreed, not a good start, but it gets better.
We had booked late for a weekend in Qingdao and accepted the only available room, regular twin bedded, city view, on the sixth floor.
Our flight was delayed and we arrived well after midnight. The receptionist spoke English and check-in was quick and efficient. Our room was small and looked a little cramped as it contained every conceivable extra; desk, easy chair, foot stall, coffee table etc. even a fax machine. The bathroom likewise, however, this did have a bath and separate shower. The room had internet, and the flat screen TV showed some English, a French and an Italian channel. The wardrobe was very small, but adequate for our two night stay.
Our room was very quiet, as the main road runs on the seafront, at the front of the hotel, and our room was at the back.
There were some nice touches, as well as complementary China Daily and fruit in our room, there were bowls of sweets and other delicacies on each landing, for guests. The cleaners even left rose petals floating in the loo after cleaning.
Food was good, with a large buffet breakfast and dishes to suit all tastes. We ate alfresco at the Coastal Bar, which has a small selection of Chinese and western food available. There is also a SPR coffee franchise just off the reception, for coffee and drinks.
We thought the Oceanwide Elite hotel to be a very good choice. It is ideally located, being very close to the Zhanqiao Pier, in Qingdao Bay (though a taxi drive away from the Olympic site which is in Fushan bay). The staff were helpful and friendly and we thought it excellent value at 610RMB inclusive, per night, with perhaps our only criticism being the rock hard beds; but this is China.
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