Shangri-La Hotel (香格里拉大酒店) | Qingdao, CHINA

Given that this was the first time that I was returning home to Qingdao after a number of years and this was the first time I was returning with the other travel bunnie I decided that only the best would do for our four night stay.  I had grown up admiring the Shangri-La in my home town and given its proximity to my family (and the fact that Qingdao was going through its annual Beer Festival) I knew it would be the perfect option.  We reserved an Executive Room in the hotel’s Valley Wing and the benefits of our choice paid from the moment we arrived.  Check in was in the dedicated Valley Wing tower check in desks and the staff was helpful and cheery despite the fact that our flight from Shanghai was delayed and we did not actually arrive until well into the night.  While the club lounge was not up to the standard of some of the other hotels we had stayed at, it was still open for a quick night cap before we headed down to our room.  The room itself was stunning; filled with old world soft furnishings, a large comfortable bed, well appointed bathroom (with L'Occitane products) and the beautiful one off pieces that gave the room its oriental flavour (my favourite was the hand painted Chinese tea pot). Our room was also blessed it a beautiful view out towards the bay in the distance which provided the perfect panorama to wake up and start each day to. Also WiFi was included which was a nice touch and provided the easiest way to do my daily Instagram holiday updates.

Each day of our stay was started with a full buffet breakfast in the club lounge and despite the overabundance of food on display, the chefs servicing the outlet were more than happy to make most dishes to order.  While we didn’t have a lot of time to use the many of the hotels other facilities we found all the staff to be helpful and polite and the whole Shangri-La experience has definitely left me wanting more.

PS: don’t forget to check out the stunning panelled mural and overhead chandelier in the foyer of the hotel – truly breathtaking!

Bunnies' travel notes:

Bunnies’ Room Number: 1760 – Valley Wing Executive Room
Number of Rooms and Suites: 696 guest rooms and suites
Swimming pool: Yes
Check-in/check-out times: 2pm and 12pm
Price: $250+ AUD

Hotel Class: 5 Star

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