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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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