The Holiday inn Zhengzhou shares a compound with the Crowne Plaza Zhengzhou (it also shares the front desk), the Holiday Inn Express and the Sofitel. All the buildings seem to have seen better times and are easily 30+ years old. They clearly went up before the current hotel boom in China. This ‘mini hotel city’ is located in between the two city centers of Zhengzhou with the Mixc Mall the the West and the new ‘lakeside’ district to the East.
I lucked out and the manager on duty checked me in at 1 AM. His English wasn’t bad and I was upgraded to a two bedroom suite as a IHG Platinum. While the building looked pretty worn the suite had undergone renovation a few years ago (sadly the bathroom had not).
It came with two bedrooms and a full kitchen (though no kitchen tools) and a huge living room. Impressive!
The air conditioning was perfect – quiet and always cooled down rooms to 70 degrees without any settings – lovely. The Internet was finally up to brand standard at 10 Mbit.
The beds were perfectly hard and soft and it would have been just perfect would it not for the jack- hammering noise that occurred early in the morning until late night outside.
Another issues was the rather odd location – the local ‘Didi’ drivers would never find – requiring me to walk 10 minutes for most pick ups and drop offs in the stifling May heat.
All in all this was a good stay – the room was almost perfect though the hotel was simply old and tired and lacked any ‘buzz factor’. The rates under $50 for a solid chain hotel were impressive though.