Stayed 2 nights for work at the beginning of December, group of 7 of us. We were travelling for business so wanting convenience.
The hotel is HUGE. Changsha is currently having money spent on it by the government to encourage international business etc and I think this hotel is aimed at that clientele. On the ground floor are high end shops such as Prada, Fendi, Armani etc.
The rooms were a good size and very clean, the whole hotel sparkles inside - everything is fairly new. Only things that surprised me was an out of place very moudly anti-slip mat in the shower?!
The rooms are suitable for either a single person or a couple, definitely not 2 friends sharing unless you want to know each other intimately by the end of the stay. The bathroom is not in a separate room and there is no space for changing if you are with a friend. The bathroom area is open with a toilet cubicle on one side, the shower cubicle on the other and a sink inbetween. Both the toilet and shower doors aren't floor to ceiling and are only frosted in a middle section - hence knowing someone intimately! The shower has a floor to ceiling glass window into the bedroom with an electric blind that is operated from outside the cubicle.
There is a 32" flat screen TV with a few English channels including news and HBO.
Internet access is included and there is wired access in the rooms. If you want wifi you have to call reception who then come up with a box that plugs into the wall with the cable plugged in. Why this can't be like this all the time I don't know?
The breakfast is aimed at Chinese (being in China this is fine). However, they have tried to cater for international travellers but haven't quite got it right. One morning there was cold milk, the next there was only hot or soy and the staff didn't understand what I was asking for. Though I did eventually get a mug of milk for my Cheerios delivered with a smile.
Due to work we ate late (about 8pm), the majority of the food was cold and the selection was quite poor. The man in charge was very friendly and helpful.
The bar was empty each night and drinks expensive.
Walk over the gardens at the front of the hotel (accessed from stairs either side of the car park in front of the main doors), down the stairs at the end and there are shops and access to the hypermarket you see advertised (it is literally under the hotel gardens / fountain). A subway will get you across the road.
The staff are all very friendly, though the English is quite poor patience will see you through :)
Due to the location of our work we need to stay south of the express way and next time we will be trying a different hotel.
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