Looking over my shoulder at the previous reviewer I may owe them an apology ! I thought the bar was one of the highlights of my stay at the Sheraton. And yes I sang my share of songs. We were on holiday after all.
I arrived at the Sheraton at midday and ticked off the last of my premium international brand hotels that I had stayed in. I had now done every international brand hotel from Ibis to Marriott and felt rather chuffed with myself.
The hotel has a big, I mean big open space foyer. The atrium style foyer has tiered open landings on each floor all the way up to the bright sunlight from the glass roof. Two glass lifts bring you to your floor to add a little of the exotic to the experience.
As I said it was midday, so it was time for lunch. 200RMB got you a lunch that was basically all you can eat from a myriad of choices. Asian and Western there was lots to choose from. For me being able to fill my plate with plump shrimp and hand them to a chef to have them cooked to my order was a treat. The dining area is part of the foyer area and also the location for breakfast. A treat in itself to begin the day.
Rooms were to the standard you expect from premium brands and here didn't disappoint. Of the 69 TV channels that one gets in China all but Asia Today and CNN being in English we had BBC World and were able to see the Queen of England's visit to our city of Cork in Ireland. Another thrill.
Now back to the Bar! Of the five hotels we stayed in during the China trip, only the Sheraton and The Astor had a proper bar. But here the similarity ends. The bar at the Sheraton has an ace that was impossible to beat, it was in the form of a talented Fijian group with a girl with a voice and a repertoire that makes me expect to see her name up in lights in my part of the world so that I can say I know her you know !!
Elsewhere another reviewer averted to the omni present manager who was so hands on in ensuring his guests comfort. His name is Paul Sandilands and from Breakfast at first light to bar closing time he seemed to be everywhere. Even visited the bar to be entertained by us being entertained by their super Fijian group !
He even made arrangements for those that wanted to see the European Championship Cup Final in the middle of the night in the most convivial of surroundings of food and drink. And while I mention this I must not forget the happy, attentive and charming bar staff that may have been a little bemused by our capacity for enjoyment.
So there you have it. Not a novice at touring this Sheraton hit the button just right for us hence deservedly a little more gushing than my other reviews. But they deserve a good review because they impressed me. Quad Erat Demonstrandum
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