The Astor Hotel in Tianjin is located right next to the Haihe river, enticing you for a walk even in winter.
Tianjin gives a wondrous feeling of romance in its cool crisp winter air embedded in its well maintained architecture reminiscent of its colonial past.
Quick Hotel Rating
Date of stay: November/December 2018
Accommodation Type: Deluxe Room
Traveller type: Business
Overall Rating: 8.8/10
Room comfort and quality: 7/10
8.8 Luxury Hotel on the decline
After my stay at The Astor Hotel in Tianjin sometime back in November-December 2017, I looked forward to another comfortable stay in 2018. But unfortunately, I was disappointed when I revisited in November 2018.
- Both rooms I’ve stayed in are generally clean and tidy. One is a corner unit which explains why it’s so spacious, but the 2nd room I was moved to, the one next to the elevator on level 6 was definitely more inferior in its sound-proofing and smaller.
- Apart from the ballroom staff, the staff at the reception and the ground level restaurant are actually friendly and helpful.
- The lobby still looks as grand as before, with an air of festivity welcoming Christmas with a tastefully decorated tree with other fine touches.
- If you’re staying in a room facing the river and pier, the view is beautiful and romantic.
- The beds in general are comfortable, and sleep quality would have been way better if they fixed the issue with the air conditioner.
- Breakfast? Impeccable. The spread caters to western tastebuds but also offers the local delicacies.
- Since we were there for an event, the ballroom staff were exceptionally non-responsive and slow-moving. In fact, they didn’t seem to appreciate or value the fact that the event was actually bringing them income. Or maybe upper management does but the people running the grounds are just disillusioned employees clocking hours.
- As a foreigner, I don’t get why the air conditioner in the rooms are kept at 25 degrees celsius? Even though it may be freezing outside, it doesn’t mean that the cold is going to keep us cool in the rooms. I was practically perspiring during my sleep and woken up by the stuffiness and heat.
- The bathrooms and the carpet are definitely looking more worn out than a year ago.
- The bathroom: the wooden legs holding up the basins look like they are rotting, in definite need for replacement. Perhaps the reason why the bathroom also had this unpleasant musky smell?
The hotel’s heritage, its historical value gave it its charm but unfortunately it seems like age is catching up from the inside.
The facade, lobby, restaurants didn’t give away the fact that the building was supposedly erected in 1863? But the interior furnishings of the 2 rooms I’ve stayed in are beginning to reveal its deterioration. Or maybe the management only takes care of the more expensive rooms?
While I reminisce my stay in The Astor Hotel in 2017, I certainly hope it wouldn’t stay only as reminiscence but that rejuvenation works for The Astor Hotel are in the pipeline and would happen soon enough. Please bring back the majesty and splendour!
You can find the above review on Tripadvisor.