From my reviews, you can tell that I have been to many places. I have to say that this Crowne Plaza is by far one of the best hotels in terms of elite treatment and food and beverage quality.
stayed in this lovely hotel for six nights using IHG's Pointsbreak promotion. Upon arrival, I paid a small surcharge for the Club floor benefits and was upgraded to a suite as the hotel was very busy. I can tell you that the Club benefits is well worth the money. I had breakfast and happy hours daily with plenty of choices. Although I felt the laundry benefit is better to include dry cleaning items too but that is a minor problem.
The suite is very well decorated. I especially like the roomy walk-in wardrobe and the marble flooring. I did not like the bathtub very much as I think it was very difficult to relax in the bathtub. But the bed is lovely and my sleep has been great throughout the six nights.
The hotel has a great offer for IHG Dining Rewards too. I enrolled myself into the Dining Rewards on property and enjoyed the food and beverage outlets immensely. I tried the Café 2011, the Chinese restaurant Fortuna and the Japanese Restaurant Sakura while I was in house. The seafood buffet during weekend in Café 2011 is plenty and the seafood was fresh. I liked the authentic Chinese restaurant too. Lots of good food there to be discovered. Although located in Shenzhen, the Chinese restaurant here offers a variety of Scechuan and Hunan food, which is a must for the foodies. I can not tell you how much I enjoyed it. The Japanese restaurant is good too, you see native Japanese business man around and you know it is good. Although I would suggest the hotel to introduce more set menu in the Japanese restaurant. The current offering is less satisfying from my point of view.
Among all the restaurants, I highly recommend the Café 2011. The buffet is wonderful here. During breakfasts, they have an amazing Chinese section, I end up having Chinese breakfasts everyday. They actually change the food items in that section almost daily. I also had lots of friendly waiters and waitresses during my stay. On the last morning, the chef in the noodle station recognized me as a long stay guest and made me feeling very welcomed.
I will certainly return next year.
Location wise, this hotel is in the suburbs of Shenzhen. You may wish to stay a little bit closer if you are short of time. However, this hotel offers scheduled bus and shared limousine bus service to Hong Kong and Hong Kong Airport. If you have a Chinese visa, it is very handy to be a place to stay while transiting Hong Kong for over two nights or so. I highly recommend this hotel to everyone. [Less]