Review: My Shangri-La Hotel Harbin Experience

Shangri-La Hotel Harbin, China is a stylish, contemporary international hotel in Harbin, a city famous for its charming European architecture and the popular Ice and Snow Festival. Read on below to know my experience.

Superior room of Shangri-la Hotel Harbin, China

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When the company I worked for was invited by China Daily to go to Harbin in China last year, I was tagged to come along. I stayed in one of the 404-rooms of Shangri-La Hotel Harbin, a hotel that combines modern elegance with legendary Shangri-La service and offers one of the finest dining experience you could find in Harbin.

Satellite TV


Conveniently located 40 kilometers from the airport and 10 kilometers from the railway station, Shangri-La is situated on the southern bank of the picturesque Songhua River in Harbin City and adjacent to Stalin Park. It is the first and only international 5-star hotel in Harbin.


The Check In

There’s no line at the front desk when I got to the hotel past 7pm so my check-in was fairly quick and easy.

Executive Writing Desk

The Room

Although I got their cheapest Superior Room, it has indulgent bed with duvet, a good mattress, good linens, and alarm clock. For refreshment there’s coffee/tea making facilities and mini-bar. For bath and personal care, there’s ironing facilities. For productivity and security, there’s international direct-dial telephone, electronic safe, complimentary in-room wired and Wi-Fi Internet access, satellite TV, and a comfortable executive writing desk. And add to that is the magnificent view of Songhua river.

Songhuajiang Highway Bridge

Songhuajiang Highway Bridge as seen through my room’s window, taken during my first night at Shangri-la Harbin just before sleeping.

The Bar and Restaurant

I enjoyed the buffet breakfast that came with the room reservation. It’s a Shangri-La Hotel. You’re sure to have good buffet breakfast and dinner, Harbin style.

Songhuajiang Highway Bridge

Songhuajiang Highway Bridge across Songhua River in Harbin city as seen through my room’s window taken just after sunrise. Construction of the bridge started in May 1983 and was completed on August 30, 1986. It is a 1565 meter scissors-shaped bridge, and is the the first large permanent highway bridge.


I didn’t really but according to their site, they offer 24-hour Room Service, Airport Transfer, Babysitting / Child Care, Business Centre, Car Rental Service, Complimentary Shoeshine Service, Conference Facilities, Facilities for the Physically Challenged, Foreign Exchange Counter, Gift Shop, Hair / Beauty Salon, Laundry & Valet Service, Non-smoking Rooms, Parking Facilities, Pastry Shop, Postal / Courier Service, Safe Deposit Box, and Taxi & Limousine Service.

Songhua River

Songhua River as seen through my room’s window taken just after sunrise. Songhua River is the largest tributary of the Heilong River (Amur), flowing about 1,434 kilometres (891 mi) from Changbai Mountains through Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces.

The Staff

The front desk staff couldn’t have been lovelier. My questions were answered clearly with patience and politeness, and the check-in clerk made sure I can have a room at their non-smoking floor.

Every time I ran into a crew on my floor or some place inside the hotel, I was greeted with smiles and friendliness.

In-room wired Internet access.

In-room wired Internet access.

The Bathroom

The bathroom is small but spacious enough and there’s a phone inside, too. You’ll find the usual toiletries, hair dryer, shower, and bath tub.

Washing Area bathroom
bathroom phone shower


The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a place to stay at the Ice City, whether for business or pleasure and you’ve got the money to spare, consider Shangri-La Hotel Harbin. It is placed in a perfect location that offers superior convenience and service for your money’s worth.

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