What makes a hotel experience a good one? What does one really need? In Shanghai I had the proverbial room with a view.
Looking out my 9th story window at the lights on the Bund the night I arrived was spectacular. One felt immediately transported to another world.
In the early morning I watched the kite flyers and the boats on the Pudong.
In Nanjing the room overlooked a beautiful lush park area. When pulling aside the drapes I saw the printed notice attached to them. It read" The hotel is in the grass. The mosquitos swarm, please the sandscreen closed keep." Once again the charm of language made me smile.
In Ganyu a former government hotel, once posh--perhaps in the 50's or 60's. The convenient location outweighing any deficits.
The hotel garden down below seen through rain streaked windows when we arrived. Shortly the deficits mounted--interior walls soaked with rain, intermittent access to the internet, electrical challenges. A change was deemed necessary. Going a mere two blocks and we entered a brand new hotel, open only 10 days.
Eager staff, fresh clean rooms with all the eletric and wifi in working order. Who could ask for anything more?