We have traveled extensively in China, and we put this at the bottom of the ranking of Western hotels that we have stayed at in China.
Biggest problem: The air conditioning in the rooms did not work (although the rest of the building was comfortable.) We tried three different rooms, but were unable to get one in which the air stayed on more than 20 minutes. Our attempts to get the front desk to address the issue failed miserably. The front desk staff speaks little or no English, but we speak enough Mandarin to explain the problem. We were offered 6 different explanations for the problem, but there was never a solution (and we expect many of the explanations were made up on the spot in the hopes we'd go away). The second night of our stay, the room was 30 degrees C, and that was with the (very small) windows open. We seriously considered taking our pillows to the lobby to sleep, where the air seemed to work just fine.
The hotel was mostly empty while we were there (we were the only Westerns, and there was a handful of Chinese businessmen). Most floors were closed off, and the only restaurant open was the Chinese buffet, giving the building an abandoned feel. We didn't want the buffet, and managed to get a private banquet room and order off the menu for a fraction of the cost. The food was good. The breakfast buffet is all Chinese food (which makes sense, given the clientele is all Chinese as well). That was fine with us--our only complaint is that the food was not replenished throughout the serving time so when we went down at 8 a.m to get breakfast, the fruit was all gone. The coffee is abysmal.
The city of Datong is spread out and fairly uninteresting, and there is little to do in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. If you walk out the front door and turn to the right, there is a Supermarket a few doors down if you want to grab a snack.
On the positive side -- the rooms are large and comfortably furnished, and we had the best foot massage there we've ever had (and we've had enough of those in China over the years to consider ourselves experts!)
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