When we arrived in the morning, we were greeted by a sea of chinese tourists at the lobby. Seems a popular place for chinese tour groups. It did not bother us at all, except for the loud conversations. We could not managed to get an early checkin so we left out luggages in the bag storage area and went out looking for a cafe to get some breakfast. Most cafes only open at 9am, but we found Studio which was opened before 9am.
I was lucky to get an upgrade to a double room on the 7th floor, which is a newly renovated floor with nicely furnished clean room. It was huge, it came with a sitting area and bedroom. bathroom was modern and big. My friend was not so lucky on the higher floor, 8th floor. We paid for a sea-view room and we did get sea-view, it was nice to be able to open the window and get fresh air.
Staffs cleaning the room, did a good job, they were very thorough and arranged everything nicely. Staffs at the reception were a bit slow in checking us in but were helpful thereafter when we had queries.
Breakfast spread was basic, you could try your luck with asking for fried eggs.. we were successful on the first breakfast and not so on the second day. To beat the breakfast tour groups, go after 9am.
Location of the hotel is good, walkable distance to the main street with lots of cafes and shopping places. On our last evening there was no water.. something happened to the water line in the city (that was what we were told) so we went out for supper, by the time we returned, it was all good.
Oh yes, you have to carry your bags from the reception on stairs to the second floor where the lifts take you to the room.. one staff helped us with our bags on the day we were checking out.. the hotel should seriously consider an escalator from the reception to the second floor... or a luggage-friendly slope or ramp
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