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Q: worst hotel you have stayed at in China?

Besides value for your money what has been your worst Chinese hotel experience?
Was it the food ?
was it the mould growing on the ceiling and walls of your room? ( later turned into yogurt at the desert bar)
maybe the broken Elevator and your room is on the 15 floor
please share

2 years 25 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - China

 
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I guess thinking back, I have been involved with many horror stories related to hotel accommodation in China. But I do have one that sticks in my mind. It was back in 2003 and I arrived in Qiqihaer, Heilongjiang Province on a business trip. 

 

Firstly, I was fleeced by a taxi driver on the way to the hotel. In those days, I had no Chinese language skills whatsoever and I arrived a hotel that I was told to go to. None of the staff even spoke a word of English. I had to call my translator who was in another city at the time and conduct checking in etc., by means of passing my cellphone backwards and forwards.

 

The room didn't look too bad at first sight. But there was the constant drone of a loudspeaker outside (the type that Chinese shop owners use to constantly blare out the same advertising slogan ad infinitum). It could be heard even with the windows shut.

 

There was a smell from the drains in the bathroom of stale human waste. I went in the bathroom and there was a mere trickle from the wash basin taps. I closed the bathroom door and the lock dropped such that the door wouldn't open again. It took several hours for someone to come and fix it.

 

The phone in the room kept ringing every few minutes with a girl speaking something that I couldn't understand at the time. With my knowledge of Chinese now, I would think it was a prostitute looking for business. I had to disconnect the phone to stop the calls.

 

I turned the TV on and there was an explosion from the back of it, a bit of smoke and a burning smell so I just pulled the plug and left it.

 

Finally I decided to turn in and go to bed. It was like a piece of wood with a thin blanket over it. The pillows were the typical Chinese variety at the time with something like rice inside instead of foam.

 

But despite all of that, I managed to survive the business and got home. I returned to the city a few months later to progress that project and was then caught up in the middle of the SARS epidemic. 

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It was 'bathroom with no water', rest of the water was heated outside, available in pots till 8am or so : 'brush your teeth and wash your two eyes'  ... proceed ....

 

Can't remember the city name, but it was some 6 hours away from Harbin by bus (half way between Harbin and Huachuan, my final destination) ....Oct. 2009, freezing cold.

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I guess thinking back, I have been involved with many horror stories related to hotel accommodation in China. But I do have one that sticks in my mind. It was back in 2003 and I arrived in Qiqihaer, Heilongjiang Province on a business trip. 

 

Firstly, I was fleeced by a taxi driver on the way to the hotel. In those days, I had no Chinese language skills whatsoever and I arrived a hotel that I was told to go to. None of the staff even spoke a word of English. I had to call my translator who was in another city at the time and conduct checking in etc., by means of passing my cellphone backwards and forwards.

 

The room didn't look too bad at first sight. But there was the constant drone of a loudspeaker outside (the type that Chinese shop owners use to constantly blare out the same advertising slogan ad infinitum). It could be heard even with the windows shut.

 

There was a smell from the drains in the bathroom of stale human waste. I went in the bathroom and there was a mere trickle from the wash basin taps. I closed the bathroom door and the lock dropped such that the door wouldn't open again. It took several hours for someone to come and fix it.

 

The phone in the room kept ringing every few minutes with a girl speaking something that I couldn't understand at the time. With my knowledge of Chinese now, I would think it was a prostitute looking for business. I had to disconnect the phone to stop the calls.

 

I turned the TV on and there was an explosion from the back of it, a bit of smoke and a burning smell so I just pulled the plug and left it.

 

Finally I decided to turn in and go to bed. It was like a piece of wood with a thin blanket over it. The pillows were the typical Chinese variety at the time with something like rice inside instead of foam.

 

But despite all of that, I managed to survive the business and got home. I returned to the city a few months later to progress that project and was then caught up in the middle of the SARS epidemic. 

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The one that never let me stay. 

 

Cause it was run by the military in Sanya and they didn't accept foreigners.  

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was in shijiazhuang, hebei. some constructn work in othr rooms made it a noisy stay fr a day.

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All 5 Star hotels in Sanya in Hainan. Rip off & Forced apon. I went to Sanya for a 2 day stay and I only wanted a cheap hotel but all the normal hotels told me foreigners can't stay at any hotels in Sanya, only 5 star hotels in Sanya, so I went to one and they wanted Y3000 for 2 nights. So I used the APP called "AIRbnb" and rented an apartment for Y400.. They said Sanya needs to keep these 5 star hotels in business in Sanya so they use us to help keep them alive.

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I've seen my fair share of crappy hotels, to be honest I think they add to the charm in a strange sort of way.

You're backpacking around in some backwater area off the tourist track, you expect to see some rough hotels. It would be almost disappointing if you didn't.

 

Mostly though I stay in hotels that are almost identical, even the names are similar.

 

You check in, often after a lot of copying of passports etc for the PSB but are thankful you found a place that will accept foreigners after walking around near the train station trying different places. If you're sharing the room with a friend you usually won't be able to get another keycard, I never understand why.

You walk into the room and smell stale cigarette smoke so open the window to get some air in the room and get blasted with noise from the street. The bathroom has glass walls but usually everything works ok, you can get a hot shower and there are towels provided. There will be an electric kettle and some overpriced drinks and packs of noodles for if you forget to buy your own later.

On the bedside tables there are condoms for sale and you'll probably get a phone call from the hotel hooker at some point.

 

The beds are ok although the sheets might feel suspiciously like they haven't been changed after the previous guest. They often smell like cigarette smoke too.

 

That night, after you get back from wherever you were you go to bed drunk and if you're a light sleeper you'll be woken that night by other guests screaming to each other outside your door. Random people may also try your door handle to see if it will open. 

Someone, maybe the hotel hooker might knock on your door during the night. At 5am the next morning you will be woken by cleaning staff screaming at each other outside your door.

 

You go out doing whatever it is you do that day and when you return there's a chance your keycard won't open the door and you need to go back to reception so they can reactivate it.

 

The rooms are nothing fancy but serve the purpose and are good value for the money you're paying IMO. It's always a good time.

 

 

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I have seen some bad ones, but moved on elsewhere..

Funniest ones are the one with curtains and a false window painted behind them Smile

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Because there's no prostitute name cards on the floor?

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