I ended up at this hotel through a very cheap Priceline bid. For $50(CAD)/night, I can't complain, but after staying there, I can't disagree with the reviews.
Priceline rates at it as a 5-star hotel, but the hotel lobby plaque indicates that it is in fact a 4-star. For China standards it is a 4-star for sure, but probably more of a 3-star for North Americans. I'm not sure who should be blamed for the star rating disparity - this seems to be a common complaint in the reviews.
I will say that if you're expecting a 3-star you won't be disappointed. The lobby is somewhat impressive, I didn't check out the amenities - fitness centre, pool, etc but it's when you get to your room you feel it., especially the bathroom - it felt very dreary. The bed was not as hard as a typical Chinese mattress, but not as soft as a typical North American mattress and for some reason is quite low. Anyway the room just has that feel.
Check-in was quick and painless, but I do speak mandarin so that filled in some gaps, I made sure to ask for the non-smoking floor but that's pretty standard for me in a hotel especially in China.
I ordered a Caesar salad and club sandwich in the restaurant and asked it to be sent up to my room, the sandwich was great but the salad was absolutely swimming in dressing - it was inedible. For western food, there are other much better options not too far away, but if you're stuck, the hotel is not bad.
For my purposes it was actually great, inexpensive, clean, good location - if you're expecting 5-star luxury you will be disappointed, but otherwise it really is quite decent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Copthorne Hotel Qingdao is an international deluxe hotel situated in the heart of the city and central business district. This contemporary 455-rooms-and-suite hotel provides an array of facilities and impeccable service to both the business and leisure travellers. The hotel offers a variety of dining experiences including an award-winning Chinese Restaurant, Central Grill which serves international cuisine for casual all-day dining, a spectacular Lobby Lounge and a Japanese Restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Qingdao Copthorne Hotel