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Reviewed 1 November 2015

Recent stay.

The hotel is rated 'best in Jingzhou' and "4 star" - but ...

The best that can be said is that it tries hard but that it has a long way to go. It is not 4-star by any international standard or even any Chinese major city standard.

The room was clean, the mattress comfortable, the corridors and carpet were OK. The cleaning staff were efficient and unobtrusive. Wifi for rooms works well although the computer supplied with the room was slow to the point of being useful only for the perusal of one or two newspaper articles. To bother with more would have taken far too long. Better to use the smart phone.

But it's not a hotel I'd want to have to stay in for any length of time.

Breakfast - I see one contributor speaking of a western breakfast with bacon and eggs. Well, over several mornings, I could find the eggs. The rest is Chinese and not the sort of thing that westerners might welcome for breakfast. There are a variety of sticky buns and various steamed breads. They have a toaster but on only one morning was there bread. Usually there was strawberry jam and 'honig'. On one morning, only honig, something a bit like sump oil, for the most part congealed. The juice container was empty. I pointed this out. The waitresses were confused and retired into a huddle and did nothing. I persisted. The end result was that the juicer container was not refilled and I was supplied with my own glass of 'orange' juice instead. There were some inedible low-quality cereals. Hence, breakfast was mainly sticky or steamed breads and eggs plus some watermelon and banana. Further, it was get in early. It seems that a certain quantity of food is budgeted for and it's then first in best fed. It's lean pickings for latecomers, i.e. mid-breakfast period - 7.00 to 9.30.

The room looked comfortable enough. My room had a King-size bed which is all very well but one would prefer not to have to wrestle with king-sized pillows, each about 1 metre+ long. They were the worst I've ever had to deal with in a hotel - although not as bad as cheap foam rubber pillows in cheaper hotels. The bathroom tiling was very mouldy. Water, except quite late one night, was just above luke warm. It is almost impossible to read in bed since the room is so dimly lit. The 'reading lamps' are placed about one metre from the bed which means that they are ineffective for reading and even if one does attempt to use them for reading, they are so far from the bed that you have to get out of bed to switch them off.

The hotel is very progressive in its attitudes to creature comfort. Management seemed to assume that guests will require an entire arsenal of condoms and other sex aids. Personally, I find this quite objectionable. I hate the assumption that the guests will turn the rooms into bordellos. And there were a substantial number of grossly overprices teas, etc. which only a fool would purchase. Further, because of the presence of all this rubber and lubrication and tea, check-out time is increased while this arsenal is checked.

The hotel is well-located if your business in Jingzhou is related to the nearby university - but it is otherwise not well located at all. It's outside the city wall and not within walking distance either of Jingzhou within the wall or Shashi.

I found no one in Reception who spoke more than a word or two of English and even they proved to be an adventure.

Perhaps the hotel is not part of a chain and is a sort of local venture who do their best and proclaim themselves 4 star. The hotel gave me the impression it is doing its best but without any real idea of what 'best' might be.

If you can cope with the breakfast or the gigantic pillows and if you don't mind being supplied with a cornucopia of sex aids, this could be the hotel for you. Otherwise, travellers without connection with the university might find a better hotel in adjacent Shashi.

But all that being said, the hotel has one great virtue for China and Hubei. It has a non-smoking floor - genuine non-smoking, no air-fresheners masking the smoke that is not supposed to be there.

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled solo
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Thank artybeee
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Reviewed 21 June 2015

A very nice hotel next to the lake and yangtze University campus. I stayed a night there and the stay was very pleasant and the room was very nice, big and spacious and aptly decorated. The toilet was very clean as well. The breakfast was also ok. but it is a little at the higher end on the purse. The room did cost around RMB400

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with family
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Thank mshemyalnisar
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Reviewed 17 March 2015

We have stayed at this hotel several times over the years. It has a good location in Jingzhou and the breakfast is really pretty good. Several western offerings like bacon and fried eggs and toast -- along with the traditional Chinese breakfast items like vegetables and noodles. We have only eaten in the banquet rooms as guests of Chinese friends so we don't have any comment on their standard dinner fare. However, the food at the banquet was very good. The bed is surprisingly soft for a Chinese bed. There are plenty of amenities in the bathroom and it is extremely clean. There was a computer in our room with free internet, but am not sure if it is free in all rooms. Front desk staff speaks some English so you should be okay if you don't have a Chinese friend to help you check in. Don't think you would go wrong staying here

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled on business
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Thank Pam M
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Reviewed 19 November 2012

We spent a night while visiting Yangtze University. A banquet lunch and a very enjoyable evening banquet, followed by some green tea in the lounge upstairs. The room was very comfortable with a good shower. Staff were excellent. We walked around the corner and found a tented village on the street outside the entrance to the campus, where we enjoyed a beer in casual surroundings with the local students.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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Thank mixcoke
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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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