I've stayed at he Hafree International Hotel three times so far over the last three years and will be back again next month.
The fit out and rooms are absolutely first rate - quite luxurious. The rooms are very spacious, clean and furnished in a combination "traditional" Chinese and Western style. The hotel is relatively new (about 5 years old) and is trying very hard to establish itself as an up-market international business hotel (as the name suggests). That said, you will probably find only a minority of front of house staff at any one time speak English to any degree and there are little things they are still sorting out. For instance, as of my last visit, there were still no irons and ironing boards in the rooms - you had to call reception and ask for them to be sent up. For some reason I have a lot of trouble communicating this in China and it took a few tries at Hafree before we got it right (they sent up someone to collect my laundry for dry cleaning, then I tried to explain that I just needed to quickly iron my own shirt before a meeting they sent up the board only - no iron! But we got there).
Zhanjiang is typically a business destination and there is not a great deal of tourist stuff to do (with the exception of the Huguang Maar Lake about 45 min drive - a must see) but the hotel itself is beautifully appointed wih great gym, pool, spa, shops downstairs, restaurants, tennis courts and a fantastic sauna in the basement level of Block A. Definitely do yourself a favour and head down for a sauna in one of the private 'suites' - absolute luxury!
The hotel is only a few minutes from the Conference Center and about 15 mins from the airport. There are some nice parks for walking and jogging within about 800 meters.
Unlike one of the other reviewers I've never had trouble with noise at night although maybe because I've always stayed in Block A away from the KTV.
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