On paper, the Crowne Plaza Ningbo City Center looks like a prime 5 star hotel - a superb location across from a sprawling shopping mall and a vast array of shopping, dining, and entertainment nearby, an impressively lofty lobby, a good selection of restaurants and recreation options, and the promise of a Western brand name.
However, after checking in, you discover that your room is cramped, with an even smaller bathroom and a tiny work desk barely large enough for the average laptop computer. The poorly soundproofed windows means that the roar of outside traffic (even on the 18th floor) is present at all hours of the night. The swimming pool is under renovation and the fitness center features a creaky weight machine with plastic plugs and other debris raining down on you during use.
Good points: an excellent breakfast buffet and fine service in the restaurants and front desk.
Overall, the Crowne Plaza is a reasonable 4-star hotel, but the 5-star signs prominently displayed on the building and the lobby raise expectations that are generally not met. On the next trip to Ningbo, I would check out the Westin down the street before booking the Crowne Plaza.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated across from the Cathedral and Tian Yi Square, Crowne Plaza City Center Ningbo is located in the city s financial, commercial, cultural and leisure center area, and just walking distance to City God s Temple, Tian Yi Pavilion, and Moon Lake. Being just 2 KM to the Railway Station, 20 KM to Ningbo Airport, and with its two levels of underground parking lot, the hotel can offer convenient transport for travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza City Center Ningbo Hotel Ningbo
- Crowne Plaza Ningbo
- Ningbo Crowne Plaza