Holiday Inn Hefei4.0 out of 5.0
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I imagine that this calibre of hotel is uniform across the whole Holiday inn global franchise. The bed was comfortable, free wifi was great, breakfast catered more for the Chinese pallette but coffee helped, shower powerful and warm, reception accomodating. Faultless with regards to Holiday inn really, but then I suppose my scruffy backpacking sort of dwelling when abroad means that a comfortable bed and functioning shower is all I really ever want. Hefei is an amazing city though. People are so nice here, they want you to feel ok and safe at all times. If you are travelling through then don't dismiss the place, it is so welcoming.
Having always stayed elsewhere on trips to Hefei, this time I decided to give the Holiday Inn a crack of the whip. There are two in close proximity which can be confusing so best to have the address handy for the taxi. First the negatives. I have no idea whether the advertisement for the "airport shuttle" is the hotel's or Ctrip's but it is quite wrong. There is no shuttle, there is an airport bus which will drop you at the north bus station. From there it is a minimum cab fare to the hotel so no great drama there. Inside the hotel, the only gripe is that some of the carpets are worn and should be replaced. On the plus side (which far outweighs the above), on arrival a veritable army of concierges surrounded our taxi to take our bags (including up to the room) and it was is we were visiting royalty. The room was clean, spacious and the bed, although not as soft as western beds, was perfectly comfortable. I found the sleep quality good and noise level low. I don't think the TV had any western film channels but they did have BBC News, albeit it was grainy. The only meal we ate was breakfast and I defy anyone to find a better one in Hefei - there was something for everyone, including for Americans, eggy bread and maple syrup. Yes I had some! Nothing was too much trouble for the staff or the general mageress (Cherry), from lending me a computer mouse to despatching someone to the train station with our IDs to collect our train tickets - and refusing to allow me to pay for the privilege. I cannot speak highly enough of this hotel, it is a mystery to me as to why it is not higher on TripAdvisor than it is. It deserves better and on service alone it is world class. I have no hesitation recommending it to anyone.
Very nice hotel that we are staying at for part of our adoption trip. The rooms are nice and spacious. The management upgraded us from two standard rooms to a suit and a room because of construction going on up top. Breakfast included in the rooms was nice. I would give it 5 stars but we have a few things that did not get fixed. The ac, while perfect for us as Americans as it stays cool, is to cold for our children but we are unable to increase the temperature for them. They came up and said how to change it and then did it themselves, changing it from a brisk 21c to 24c but it never actually changed, still at 21c 3 days later. Also we couldn't use the walk in shower in the suit as the water streams out under the door. Easy fixes on these but not something they can do while we are in the room. The service however was great and they came to our room immediately every issue we had for anything.
This hotel,is right in the heart of everything and easy walking distance to everything. No one speaks English but they go out of their way to find out what you need. I had a mandarin translator on my phone which helped. Air conditioning is not good some of he time. We had adjoining rooms and one room had bad smelling airconditioning. The buffet was good and the noodle bar exceptional.
The lobby of the hotel seems alright, but the room looks very old and does needs a renovation work. There are some construction going on right next to the hotel so the rooms are very noisy. They provided ear plugs for those who stand on the noise.. The cable TV quality is very bad.. very fuzzy. The most unacceptable thing I found is the toilet is not clean, stains can be found at the toilet area, really not acceptable.. As of location its about 10-20 minutes walking distance to some Parkson shopping center for food and shopping..
Surely there must be somewhere better to stay in Hefei? I can't really blame the hotel for the construction noise all night (the city is building a subway) but Holiday Inn should be ashamed to show a guest into drab rooms with filthy, filthy, stained carpets and chairs. I was in two rooms, as I moved to the less-noisy side of the hotel, but that was still pretty noisy. I had hoped the second room would be cleaner than the first, but it was worse -- I was glad that I arrived late and was leaving early. I wore slippers so as not to touch the awful carpet, and I was not about to sit on that couch -- and I am not the fastidious type. The mini bar was warm, so I ordered a cold beer to take my mind off the grim surroundings, but the beer was barely cool. The bathroom fixtures had been cleaned, but they were scratched and stained -- the sink had what looked like cigarette burns. In the morning, the you tiao I tried to eat for breakfast were very hard and the dou jiang was too sweet. On the positive side, the staff was very accommodating of my request to change rooms and the bed linens were clean, but the whole experience was depressing, and I was glad to leave.
To summarise, this is a great place in walking distance from Hefei's pedestrian zone. The revolving restaurant at the top level offers a great view of the city while savouring the breakfast or other meals. The breakfast buffet offers many delicacies, including a small section of Japanese style food and some European style food, e.g. a salad bar, varieties of bread and croissants, one or two tastes of jam (but no marmalade during my stay), and even some European quality cheese. The quality of their espresso coffee leaves room for improvement. Also, some staff in the restaurant does not speak Chinese (I could not order either a poached egg or a simple fried egg in English), and waiters should be more attentive for a hotel of this caliber. My room (actually two rooms en-suite on the 18th floor) was spacious, although a bit labyrinthine. The king-size bed offered a fabulous sleeping quality, far superior to the beds that are hard like a concrete slab that I've seen in so many other hotels in China. I've stayed here end of September 2012 again after a break of several years. They have done quite an overhaul to the property, with visible benefits for the guests: The bottleneck at the elevators (only 4 lifts for a building with 29 levels) has apparently been improved, the reception desk has been moved from 1st to 5th floor and is now much better arranged. The concierge desk, however, remained on 1st floor which is a good thing, as this saves you from stopping at the 5th floor on your way to the city. Hefei is constructing now a subway system, with a line passing in front of the hotel. This offers the perspective to reach other parts of the city quickly and conveniently in the future.
a stay of three days in which, leaving aside the check-in, everything was pretty good and pleasant.large suite of rooms,with two television,comfortable bed and pillow.only thing missing in this apartment is the number of cabinets and drawers where you can put your clothes.breakfast for everyone and the buffet, evening, has a varied menu, Asian and international dishes.to serve breakfast and dinner to be up to floor 29 where you can see panoramic city view.
I believe that this was once the only 5-star hotel in Hefei. However, those days are long gone. The Holiday Inn today is barely a 4-star and showing signs of age. The top-floor rotating restaurant no longer rotates (or didn't when I was there), the nice little tap in the bathroom for filtered water no long produces water at all, the windows need a better double glaze to keep the noise out - since the traffic is now much heavier than years ago. As for the health club, well, there are prominent signs saying that this is operated by a third party (i.e. leased by the building's owner to an outside operator) and no responsibility is taken for anything that happens there! A slightly odd warning, so I will leave it to your imagination to figure out why. In short, if you need to be downtown and you like IHG properties but can't afford the Intercontinental, then perhaps this is a good choice. But there are a lot of choices these days. The staff are friendly and helpful, though English is a bit limited, notably among the junior staff on the front desk. Room for improvement to the hardware and the software.
Realy the Holliday's chain is very good in the majority of the cities. I already stayed in this chain in about of differente 10 cities and they always can offer good quality in several aspects. The wifi which you can connect in the lobby, could be extended also to the rooms, BUT there is a net free broadband in each apartament. I'm liking a lot the service they dedicate to the clients in this hotel.
Holiday Inn Hefei places you within 3 miles (5 km) of popular attractions like Anhui Museum and University of Science and Technology of China. This 330-room, 4-star hotel has conveniences like an indoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and a health club. Centrally located in Hefei, the hotel is also a short walk from Baohe Park and Xiaoyaojin Park.
For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee each morning from 6 AM to 10 AM. Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with 24-hour room service, or quench your thirst with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café.
Holiday Inn Hefei's 330 rooms are air-conditioned and provide microwaves, refrigerators, and minibars. Guests can expect LCD TVs with satellite channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include coffee makers, free newspapers, and free bottled water.
At Holiday Inn Hefei, guests enjoy features like an indoor pool, a health club, and a sauna. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle (available on request) for CNY 200 per vehicle one way. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a conference center, and a business center.
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86% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 321 reviews