Booking over the phone with Ctrip
I hadn’t sighted the hotel prior to booking but at the time there wasn’t much choice as there was a major conference on in town and accommodation was hard to find. That’s where Ctrip, the China-based travel booking service, saved the day once again.
You can book accommodation, flights and more travel services with Ctrip either via the Internet or via phone. As I found out later they do have an English booking service over the phone too, but in this case, my kind new friend Ran had done the hard work and saved the day by arranging a place to stay.
The Ctrip service is quite reassuring too, after booking over the phone you’ll then get a series of text messages to your mobile confirming the booking and providing hotel address, price and room type confirmation and a contact number you can call if you need someone who speaks Chinese to give the hotel address to a taxi driver etc.
I’ve now used Ctrip many times and the rates have always been better than booking direct, how that works I’m not sure but I’ll take it.
The Shudu Mansion Hotel in Chengdu
When it was new I could imagine this would have been a very classy hotel but the place is starting to show its age although still presentable. By Chinese standards, it’s kept extremely clean.
When I checked in it was quite busy so its hard to place judgment on the staff, and I think only a couple may speak some English.
The hotel is in a great location, close to the major shopping area and very central. There are plenty of eateries nearby including many of the big name western fast food outlets. The hotel also has its own revolving restaurant which provides a wonderful view over central Chengdu. I didn’t try dinner but their breakfast, included in the room rate, was a Chinese/western buffet and very enjoyable.
The room was large, the bed was comfortable (albeit hard like all Chinese beds), and it was clean. The bathroom was clean with shower and western toilet.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the Internet to work and was too tired to be worried about it. The TV worked fine but I couldn’t find any English stations at the time.
I only stayed here one night as that was the only night they had available, but I would be happy to stay again.
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