Three of us arrived at Sanfod to be told there were ongoing renovations, and did we like the smell of paint? Two of us didn't and were upgraded to larger rooms with smaller beds. I kept the large bed, and found not the smell of paint but the sound of drilling (only during daylight hours, no problem).
Returning from a visit to some colleagues one afternoon, I found a notice on my table indicating there would be no electricity from 2pm to 5pm. As it was 4.30 pm, and there was electricity, my potential anger at the short notice was allayed. About 15 minutes later, as I was getting ready to go out, the electricity went out. The elevators became non-functional. I'd seen plenty of mistranslations of language in China, but this was the first time it had applied to numerals. Thirty minutes later, the power came back on, and quickly out again. And so on, and on, until daylight had gone, and sitting in a dark room not wanting to get trapped in an elevator or walk down many stairs in a fire exit to find the bottom door locked became ridiculous. No electricity during daylight hours during renovations with a day's notice - ok; no electricity during the dark with no notice - is this a four star hotel???
The other aspects of the hotel are fine. Staff are friendly, breakfast is ok, water is a bit tepid for winter - compared to the hotel I stayed at last, where you could poach an egg in an adjoining room , and location is typical for Qingdao - close to one or two places of interest and far from everywhere else.
Would I stay here again? Is the pope a protestant?
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