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Dorsett Mongkok (Kowloon, Hong Kong)

4 Case Rating
Location Dorsett is situated about 5-10 minute walk from the Olympic metro station in Mong Kok. One stop to Kowloon whereby you can connect to all areas of the city. Located on quite a busy road of which there are many small bars, restaurants, pharmacies and convenience stores located nearby. The hotel does have a free pick up and drop off service to some locations. Room My room on 12th floor was quite compact but with a view. Large mirrors and glass cabinets make up most off the decor. Not exactly cosy but functional. The firm double bed was harder than expected but does offer flexible reading lights offered on both sides of frame. There is one bedside table with a phone with one local plug socket. Bed faces a small glass cabinet unit in which was ok for shirts but not for full length items such as suits or dresses- since it is short. The unit offers a desk area but quite congested with many items on top of it, such as a kettle, an alarm clock with old iPhone socket charging capabilities & the mobile wifi charging station. There is a refrigerator with some mini bar items. There is also a laptop size easy to use safe & facing the bed is the TV. The TV is a bit grainy but offering 32 channels - these include a good balance of movie channels, international news networks such as BBC, Australian and RT plus many local channels. The bathroom is in a glass unit within room, it is quite small & open though glass is frosted. Exceptionally powerful Shower offers both rain and hose versions. Amenities offered are generous sized personal bottles of shower gel, shampoo & body lotion as well as dental kits. The room also has slippers, and in bedside drawers is a helpful plug adaptor and hair dryer. Room has a decent dial AC unit that worked well and overall room was fine, not say premium but good value for money & for the most part clean. Facilities Free open high speed wifi that worked well. The unique feature of this hotel is the personal hot spot mobile wifi phone unit that can be used out and about with your phone/tablet able to connect to wifi without any restrictions. This helpful android based device also offers a a guide to local restaurants, entertainment and shopping with google maps integrated. A nice item but don't loose it. The hotel does have a restaurant but didn't use. There is a small gym as well. Staff Staff offer a good service at this hotel. Good level of enthusiasm & quite efficient. Overall a decent enough budget Hong Kong hotel that actually offers good value for Kowloon. However it is not that comfortable, cosy or premium but is functional for a short stay business traveller. The mobile wifi unit is a really a great unique amenity and great to travel about the city with without racking up using your own data roaming charges.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 88 Tai Kok Tsui Rd, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
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The Ritz Carlton (Haikou, China)

5 Case Rating
Location The hotel is located in the middle of a newly built mall type complex. From the HAK airport it takes around 20minutes and to downtown Haikou it is around 30 minutes away by car. Room The room is very grand & of an opulent look on the 17th floor. Good level of detail has been put into the decor of this medium size room that offers a super comfy and high king size bed. Either side are bed side tables with pull out drawers that offer international plug sockets and even specific USB sockets for either I phone or Android. Button lighting and electronic drape controls are also on the bedside table and easily accessible from bed to create either ambience, reading, accent or night light- controlling the various overhead lighting to create the ideal mood etc. The bed faces a large TV and grand wooden cabinet, where there is a Nespresso coffee machine plus shelves that contains items such as a globe, tea set, some vases and even a book about the Beatles. The TV has full cable channels with some movies, CNN for English but also Russian, Japanese and Korean TV is offered. Below TV is a mini bar containing large bottles of wine, liquor, soft drinks and snacks- as well as a premium glasses and plate set plus cups for the coffee making. The room also contains a large round dining style table instead of a desk but worked well as since plug sockets are nearby. It also enables you to enjoy in-room dining at a proper table. Behind this is a phone, lamp and a small Bose speaker unit that can be synched up to via bluetooth. There is a also a soft and comfy arm chair and side table. The ambience feels like an executive chairmans bedroom from the effort of the detail and the vibe it creates. A large balcony also exists with two chairs and a nice view of the hotel golf course. The bathroom is very spacious with complete elegant marble finish from top to bottom. Offers two sinks, an enclosed large marble bath as well as a spacious washing area with marble seat below an overhead rain shower but there is also a separate detachable shower. The bath has a comfy pillow to lie and watch the bath TV at the end. Same channel as main room and good sound quality throughout the bathroom. Amenities are as expected very premium Ritz Carlton home branded full set and generous personal tubes of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion and soaps by British brand asprey's. Thick lovely towels and robes with soft towel finish on the inside, one of the best robes seen in any hotel. Slippers are also offered. Facilities There is WIFI for free throughout the hotel, secure using your room number. It worked well and allowed vpn access. Catering includes a roof top bar called Flair that has some light dishes kind of restaurant such as Sushi. It offers a nice view and has a female Dj playing some mellow house music. There is also a Chinese restaurant but didn't try it, a lobby bar with macaroons, cakes and teas- a nice lounge atmosphere with a lady singing songs accompanied by a playing piano. Also an Italian restaurant is where breakfast is served but had to leave early so unable to try it. Pool bar as well. The hotel does offer a take-away breakfast box in which I did try and had some nice pastries and fruit offered with bottle of water. The pool is quite small for size of hotel with limited loungers but a nice setting with view of golf course. It is sufficient for doing lengths. There is also a kids pools with some water fountain displays. Plus also a whole kids room with toys and outside area has a climbing frame. There is a gym- very clean and new with techno gym equipment, cardio and weights rooms. A massage spa also exists. They do offers a golf course, but this is quite small compared to a normal size but still looks nice and well lit up in front of the hotel. There is also a business centre, conference facilities and a souvenir shop but did not see these. The decor throughout the hotel is exceptional level of detail. Staff Staff on all levels offers the highest standard of customer service. They all acknowledge you and want to help you with anything.As expected at this international brand they all speak very well English. A very nice Ritz Carlton. The room was exceptionally cosy.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] No. 39 Yangshan Boulevard, Longhua Qu, Haikou Shi, Hainan Sheng, China, 571155
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Kaifu Jianguo Hotel (Zhengzhou, China)

3 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located right across the street from Zhengzhou airport, however you cannot walk it and need to take a shuttle bus. The city is over an hour drive away. There is very little to do outside of hotel, its just convenient for the airport. Room The room on the 4th floor had two twin beds but quite large size. Quite comfortable with easy to access plug sockets in between beds where a phone is also located plus switches for all lights. The room is quite spacious and offers a large workable desk with lamp as well as a small curved sofa and glass table. There is also a luggage rack, basic coffee making facilities and large wardrobe with safe. The room decor is ok, not spotlessly clean though and the wall paper is quite grubby with stains noticed. Light is good with large windows with view of airfield. Bathroom is of good size with a large shower cubicle - issue is the water doesn't drain very well the cubicle gains a bit of a puddle for a long while. Amenities are all hotel branded and simple. They offer 2 complimentary bottles of water. The main issue with this room is that it was very hot, the digital AC doesn't seem to go below 25C despite setting lower. It meant sleeping was hard in April when it was quite hot outside. Facilities The hotel offers free WIFI and worked well enough- multiple devices with no issue regarding VPN. There is also a business centre in the lobby. Catering includes a buffet and normal restaurant, also a lobby bar but was never open. There is according to map a SPA and also a chess room but did not see these. The building is quite nice from outside, like forbidden city style. Staff Staff seem ok, but lack much standard of English. Check-in took a while though. Overall its the best hotel closest to the airport but its not of an international standard. However convenient for airport.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Xinzheng, Zhengzhou, China
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Pullman Hotel (Guiyang, China)

3 Case Rating
Location Right in the centre of Guiyang. From airport it takes around 20minutes by car or 12km. On road outside are local shops and banks. Room Room on 20th floor is quite spacious but unusual room for pullmans. Suffering from wear and tear and grubbiness around edges of room. There is a large king size bed, comfortable with bed side tables either side that include lamps, telephone and alarm clock with old style Apple connection. Unplugging lamps allows plug sockets built into bed frame in which are two pin. There is a nice comfortable reclinable chair with a small table. Large double windows with a nice view of the city. Facing the bed is a large unit with desk & lamp, large TV (with 70 channels including BBC, CNN and NHK) and luggage rack. There is also a kettle and some hot drink items. Large wardrobes with Pullman amenities such as yoga mat, safe, slippers etc. The bathroom is most unusual with an open plan set up with two frosted rooms, one with toilet and one with a separate unusual square bath and shower. This has a glass window into room but electronic blinds come down if you wish. In the middle is the sink plus a TV for I guess watching if you are brushing your teeth but poorly positioned to actually see, you are not able to watch from bath. Amenities are all mini bottle Co Bigelow. There is digital Ac unit as well & black out drapes. Overall the room is spacious and interesting but chipped desks and stains on walls & floor makes it not feel up to Pullman standard of cleanliness. Facilities The hotel offers free WIFI that multiple devices can be connected to and also VPN's work. A connectivity lounge or business centre is on ground floor. Catering includes a buffet restaurant and another one. Food is ok at buffet. Leisure facilties include a large olympic size indoor pool, good for lengths. A modern gym, hair salon and a spa. There is also a garden you can walk around which is quite nice outside of buffet restaurant. On the ground floor are some Chinese shops and ATM machines. Staff Staff are ok but don't speak much English. Check-in wasn't exactly warm and welcoming and not really the expectation of an international hotel like the pullmans. Overall a hotel well located if you need to be in Guiyang, however probably the most worn out Pullmans I have ever stayed at. In need of a clean. Would stay elsewhere if came again.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] Gong Ming Nan Huan Da Dao, Baoan Qu, Guiyang Shi, Guizhou Sheng, China, 550007
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China – Be Quick! Character (Xi’an)

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Sheraton Xi’an Hotel (Shaanxi, China)

4 Case Rating
Location Located fairy near to the main central area of Xian, but just outside of the city wall. To get to say the main city temples it is 2-3km away, whilst the main airport is around 45 minutes drive away. Room The SPG preferred room on the 16th floor was clean and cosy but somewhat dull and dated for their premium loyal members level product. The room offered a large king size bed that was quite tough. It was ok though for sleeping but did not have the noticeable comfy mattress topper experienced in some Sheratons. There were two types of pillow, one feather and soft the other more springy. Slept well though. Either side are marble top bed side tables, each with a lamp and one with alarm clock and phone. You can control the lights with switches and main side has dimmer function but unfortunately no accessible power sockets next to bed. To the side of the bed is a lounge arm chair with foot stall comfy enough to watch the TV that faces the bed in upright position from side. There is a large glass top desk offering a dimmable lamp & mirror plus a full international power socket plug unit with doc sockets. LAN cable is also offered and a phone. The table is clean but feels a bit dated. There is a large wide screen TV facing bed offers around about 52 channels such as BBC, CNN, RT, Bloomberg, discovery with the rest being local Channels. Below the TV is a large cabinet with mini bar of small drinks and a chocolate but also a large red wine. Hot drink facilities include only one sachet of coffee plus breakfast, black and chamomile tea. There is a padded luggage rack conveniently next to the TV. In the hall way is the kettle and two complimentary waters. There is a large wardrobe with lap top size safe, one robe, pair of slipppers, iron and board. The bathroom faces this area and is very Art Deco with the American influence of the combination bath shower. Something you don't expect of a premium 5 star hotel but more along the lines of a motel etc. However though dated, the marble finish bathroom was clean and decorative. Amenities include a full set of Sheraton branded shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, dental and razor kits and mouthwash. Towels are decent. The main room has a dial heating/AC system that is quiet and worked ok. Overall a clean cosy room with carpeted floor and classical wooden decor offering good natural light from the large windows. Just lacking anything innovative in room. Facilities The hotels offers restrictive wifi whereby sometimes VPN works sometimes not. For non Chinese users bing is only search option as the rest are government banned. It is ok in room but it is not secure but you need password to use in lobby. Other business facilities include a dedicated business centre with offices and meeting room but also 5 or so desk top computers in the lobby with printer. Again it was slow to use. Catering facilities included three restaurants, only used one for breakfast and was adequate but a bit disappointing such as no egg station. Just a big buffet, other than breads & cereals not much is for the international guest. There is a large lobby bar with many international beers plus a cafe area with cakes etc. Leisure facilities include a pool, long for lengths and a modern gym with decent equipment. There is also a spa for massages. On the ground floor there is A SPG gift shop where you can buy the bedding as well as a Chinese shop for drinks etc. A wedding shop also is there as well as ATM machine. Overall a decent amount of facilities. Staff Staff are quite friendly and helpful and spoke English adequately. Overall for a Chinese city Sheraton it was as a bit disappointing in terms of room and breakfast but does have 5 star facilities. The location though is good for sight seeing and business in down town area.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] No. 262 Feng Hao East Road, 2nd Ring Road Yanxian Commerce Jingjidai, Lianhu, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China, 710077
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Days Hotel & Suites Hillsun (Chongqing, China)

3 Case Rating
Location Hotel is located about 5 min walk or a few minutes by car from Chongqing airport- it's right opposite the hotel. The hotel is in a busy area, right next to hotel is a star bucks but also a large mall in which includes the likes of Walmart and Burger King plus many Chinese restaurants. About 5 minutes walk away is the stunning Bijan park , a lake with a traditional Chinese tower that you can go up, boats you can hire and a museum. A walk around takes about 40 minutes. Plenty of banks, shops and some massage places and pharmacies so location is fairly good if you want to avoid down town area. Which I am told is about 45 min - 1 hour drive away. Room The room on the 9th floor (only floor that is non-smoking) was of good size, very grand typical Chinese luxury decor such as gold fabric headboard and flower imprinted carpet. The room offered a large and very comfortable double bed, not a king but sufficient for a couple. Either side are bed side tables offering lamps that had a dimmer switch plus above ceiling lights for each side - good for reading. A classical clock is offered and telephone with pad. Facing the bed is a wide screen TV that offers 60 channels of which looking at guide 8 are non- Chinese. However BBC did not work and discovery / HBO kept freezing, so basically don't rely on TV if your not Chinese. Below the TV is a cabinet that offers the free mini bar - a few beers, soft drinks like 7up and Pepsi & water. In the corridor leading to room is another cabinet that offers beef jerky , potato chip, nuts and cards with a chargeable list, so whilst they promote a free mini bar, they are only referring to drinks. Above these snacks is a kettle with days hotel tea bags and Nescafé coffee sachets. Some digital luggage scales are also offered to the side. The wardrobe is right by the door and includes sufficient amount of coat hangers, robes , ironing board and slippers. A decent sized laptop size safe is offered, plus a shoe polishing service. Back in the main bedroom a glass top working desk is offered with a comfortable leather chair. International socket and LAN cable plus a lamp and phone. Decent space to work from. The room also offers a small sofa and glass table with a plant. Very large windows offering good natural light but not double glazed so you can hear some of airport noise but not significantly. The bathroom is of adequate size for one person offering both a bath tub (with TV at front - that didn't work) shower cubicle. This has option of automatic venetian blinds to main room. There is a Japanese wash let toilet - all well automated with a handy telephone next to it. Full drawer of amenities plus mini bottle of body lotion, bath foam, shampoo & conditioner - days hotel branded. Overall clean with marble design. Whilst the room is a clean, comfortable and functional product. The weakness I found is the digital AC. It's hard to use, I found the room cold when on even when upping the temperature (which didn't seem to work well) or hot when off (was here in September). The annoying thing is it is quite noisy that and the non double glazing will make some difficulty for light sleepers. Facilities The hotels offers free unsecure wifi hotel wide for multiple devices. VPN worked fine if say you need to use gmail or Facebook. There is a business centre with a few computers that is staffed. The Windows computers didn't work when I attempted to use them. The hotel does Leisure facilities include a gym , adequate equipment, a medium sized indoor pool that you must wear a shower cap- never used it so cannot comment on water. There is also a night club called Mirage- but never visited it. There is also a SPA but was closed when I was there due to Chinese holiday. Pool table is offered near the leisure facilities. Catering facilities include a buffet where breakfast is held. It's ok in terms of selection but quality of food was disappointing. There is also a piano bar that offers drink and food - both western & Chinese plus 24 hours room service. Used this twice, wood oven pizza tastes like the microwaveable kind you find in the west. Burger was ok but staff don't speak much English so can be a challenge explaining that you don't want say onions. Next door to hotel is Starbucks. Parking is also offered on lower levels. Staff Staff are as usual in premium hotels main land China really don't speak English very well. Only one could at reception. However they do make an effort overall and are not rude. Overall the room was comfortable it just has a poor level of maintenance with TV's plus AC was an issue. Also if your a light sleeper bring ear plugs.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] 18 King Mall, Jiangbei District, Chongqing 401120, China
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Holiday Inn Express Causeway Bay (Hong Kong, China)

4 Case Rating
Location Located from a 5-10 minutes walk from MTR Causeway Bay station , so long you exit at Time Square mall- Exit A. Whilst this hotel is opposite Time Square Mall, the metro has long walk ways & escalators from actual train. From airport it takes about 30 minutes to Hong Kong station, if you arrive late at night a Taxi will charge around 45HKG- it makes it more easier especially with large cases. Otherwise its 3 stops to Hong Kong Island via the MTR. Around hotel is a huge mall, many restaurants, boutique shops, bars and Wan Chai is about 15 minutes walk away. Everything you need in a city is close by. Room The room on the 29th floor, the highest floor as requested (at no extra charge) offers a nice view of the concrete jungle below. The room is very functional - offering a comfortable bed that offers side reading lights, soft and firm pillows of your choice (labelled that way). Bedside tables each side, one of which offers a plug and other has an alarm clock with lightning cable for all up to date I phone users. There is a small safe below for things like money and passport- not big enough for laptops. There is almost floor to ceiling Windows offering a great view, which offers a working desk next to it, with LAN cable, 2 handy plug adaptors, lamp and a phone. Opposite is a small sofa great for watching the city from the view. The room also offers a small LCD TV with about 42 channels that include local, Australian, BBC, US and Chinese channels- quite comprehensive selection. There is also a wardrobe with a few coat hangers & a small empty refrigerator inside. Two bottle waters are offered complimentary in the bathroom. Plus a portable luggage rack. The decor is colourful but not that innovative. AC is old style dial and switch but worked fine. The bathroom is quite poky but toilets does have its own door. There is a shower cubicle with dispenser soap and rather than have shampoo or body lotion they have dental kits, plus soaps and shower caps. Overall the room couldn't be faulted for the business traveller looking for value for money. I slept very well and enjoyed the view. Facilities There is free open un-secure WIFI for multiple devices which worked satisfactory. Business facilities included an Internet corner which has 2-3 Windows computers and one Apple . Free to use to look at internet but obviously printing and copying is chargeable. There is also meeting room and a self- serviced ironing room. Catering includes a free breakfast selected from a menu with 2 choices for westerners and 2 Chinese & 1 vegetarian from a set menu (see photo). This is in a sort of trying to be French restaurant. Food is ok but quite constrictive compared to a simple buffet. There is also vending machines in the lobby. Within actual building though there are other restaurants though not part of hotel but area outside has many choices. There are no leisure facilities such as a small gym. Staff Staff at reception are helpful though lack enthusiasm but that's HK in general. The restaurant manager is an interesting force to be reckoned with - he is ok. He wasn't impressed when I requested lemons for my sore throat but to be fair he did oblige. Overall nice hotel, cannot fault the room. Good location, quiet with a street across with nice bars and restaurants. I would stay here again, it just a shame it doesn't offer a gym or some leisure facilities.
[geo_mashup_map enable_scroll_wheel_zoom="false"] No.33 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China
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