I have stayed in this hotel for almost 3 weeks, as part of a mind-sport event, that was held in the nearest city. The hotel itself is a decent 3-4 star hotel, depending on which room you may get (I stayed at 1315 - really excellent!), but their service and accommodation is the best I may have ever experienced (and I am quite well traveled). I have never seen such dedication, and desire to help as I have in this place! From money changing, to logistics, advice, or translation, anything and everything. Just wonderful. There are others who have been more descriptive about their similar experience, it's all true! Very recommended!
We had a long stay at this hotel on account of a two-week-long event we were involved with that was occurring nearby. We were part of large group of mostly Westerners who were probably a little culturocentric or even (hopefully only occasionally) obtuse, but the staff and management handled the group with grace. We were impressed by the friendliness and work ethic of all the staff. There is no doubt that the staff are encouraged by management to go to great lengths to make guests feel comfortable and at home. They were extremely accommodative to our needs and questions, of which we had many. They were patient with our complete inability to communicate in Chinese or grasp some of the nuances of the culture. The restaurant has some good food (served buffet style) and there is a coffee stand with a proper espresso machine. Tea is easy to come by. They also sell wine and tobacco products in the lobby area. There is a fitness center and spa in a separate (attached) building. The neighborhood is not fancy but felt safe. It seemed like a great place for foreign travelers to get a good window into real Chinese life, as foreigners (or at least non-Asians) are probably not very common in the immediate area. There is a small park right across the street that was quite active, with people doing Chinese square dancing and groups of men playing various games. There are many small shops in the immediate blocks, pharmacies, banks, and a modern Walmart-like shop a block away selling groceries and many other goods. In general people in the vicinity were friendly with us and interested in trying out whatever English they knew.…