Just an update from my last post a few years ago. Hotel now known as
I have stayed at this hotel at least 6 times the past 4 years. It has improved quite a bit over the years, front desk staff now have reasonable language skills. Gym is OK , but sauna/spa area excellent though this area costs extra to enter. There is now though an Ibis Hotel that has opened which may attract the expat visitor.
Breakfast is quite OK, and the big plus is the nightly buffet - it is excellent value at 108rmb including beer. Only a block or 2 from downtown. Bar and nightclub in hotel very quiet - if you are an expat in town head for The Brewery in the 1912 Bar Area on a bend of the Grand Canal.