I have stayed in this hotel many times since 2005 when it was smaller than it is now and no one spoke English. Few years ago (2008 or 9) it had cooperation with a foreign enterprise (not sure which) where Building B was erected.
Building A is the old hotel and rooms are now little tatty and out dated since 2005 the carpets are extremely dirty and cigarette burnt and i believe all rooms in Building A allow smoking (not sure about B). At the cost of 6800rmb a night for a reasonably big room with breakfast you cannot grumble. Building B is a new build and some who reviewed must have stayed there where the rooms are over 1000rmb per night and I can guess are done to high standard level. Unfortunately I have never stayed there my business trip local clients always chose the cheaper option. Coming during the winter period it gets extremely cold (below Zero) in Lang Fang the poor quality of the windows does not help as the heating is blasting in the rooms just keep place warm.
The breakfast now is at Building B and the spread is not bad pre-2005 it was mainly local style i rarely ate it now selection caters for western palettes. Also there is Japanese and Western Café but little pricey for what is served but in China Western food is expensive, experiences of 5 years living in Shanghai.
There is lot of leisure facilities bowling, swimming, gym, etc. I have only managed to use the gym which does only have limited equipment. If local guys are in there the TV is usually on full volume on a local channel. First come basis I guess (there is some Western channels now like CNN).
Even the seats are quite dirty and torn really need to be replaced. I would avoid the coffee from the lobby girl around 500rmb for a ready mixed Nescafe sachet well that’s what it tasted like. I only had it as I got to hotel too early to check in.
Also experience from my Japanese colleague who had a massage and was given a coke asked if it was free was told yes only to appear on his bill for 100rmb (£10 approx) very expensive Coke that was not inclusive of massage. If that was language issue I am not sure but 100rmb a coke I would avoid if you do not know the pricing. I think a Coke in China from local store only cost 10rmb or not far off.
The staff are OK they try their best to accommodate.
Only advice would be check which building you book the 5 star rating it has I do not believe is for building A.
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