Qian He International Hotel
Huodiba, Zhangzhashen, China
+86 837 773 9188
Qian He International Hotel Zhangzhashen Reviews
Very nice hotel close to Jiuzhaigou National Park Oct 16, 2012
Admittedly, if you don't speak a word of Mandarin and have no-one with you who does, staying in this hotel may not be always as simple. The staff doesn't speak English (well at least I didn't meet anyone who did).
Yet, this hotel is a good alternative for the nearby Sheraton Resort. It isn't cheap, but most hotels in this location are expensive. However, it definitely exceeded our expectations having read some reviews on sites like Tripadvisor. It is the people who make the difference here, from the front desk ladies to the housekeeping staff, and from the super friendly bell boy to the waitresses in the dining room. Despite the lack of English speaking skills, they go out of the way to help you make your stay pleasant.
The hotel is 4 floors and spead out over several wings that are connected with indoor walkways. The rooms at the side street are a bit noisy, the other ones are quiet. The room was specious enough and clean. The beds are hard, as almost everywhere in China, but not rock hard. The bathrooms are adequate. We did not experience any blackout or any lack of hot water during our 3 nights stay. Hot water was available all the time with sufficient pressure.
There are no in room safes but the reception will provide and your valuable stuff will be stored in a locked room if you ask about it.
The reception people are nice even though checking in was a bit slow with the double copying process of passports that you can expect anywhere in Sichuan. But the ladies are very friendly and if you give it a try to say a few words in Mandarin, you can be sure that they will be very patient and try to make sure they understand you.
Breakfast is served in the big round dining room. It is Chinese buffet style and it can be very busy in the morning. Chinese fare only, except for the fried eggs. There is coffee too and it is surprisingly good. The tour groups of Chinese can be annoying in that they literally "attack" the buffet and stack up their plates. That is why the hotel has implemented an interesting rule: if you stack up and leave more than 50 gram of food wasted on your plate, they will add a "penalty" of RMB 20 to your bill. Great initiative!
The lobby is ornamental in Chinese style. There is a concierge desk with the intriguing sign in English saying "Ritual Guests". But the congierge is helpful in arranging transportation, tickets for the Tibetan dance performance and any other services you may need.
The hotel provides karaoke lounge, massage, spa etc. but we didn't use these so I can't comment on it. We had dinner and lunch one time at the hotel. It was good and reasonably priced for a hotel.
When we left, some of the restaurant staff came to say goodbye in the lobby. We have only met nice staff here with smiles all the time. The people really make the difference.
Part of the Jiuzhaigou (China), Malaysia, Singapore Autumn 2012 travel blog
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