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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Well, first of all, there is hardly any detailed/updated info on Chinese cities. Perhaps, you can find them in non-English version.

I am writing this post to do Ibis Harbin a favor, at no cost.

There are two names to this branch, it was formerly known as Ibis Sophia Church then latter known as Ibis Shangzhi. I did try to email them to arrange airport transfer but it did not worked out. Don’t worry too much about it. Once you exit the Harbin Taiping airport, there are plenty of taxis available and it will costs about 130-160RMB to reach Ibis Shangzhi.

For me, I landed at the international arrival and I took the free airport shuttle to go to the domestic arrival. This is because I wanted to take the airport bus line 3 which costs 20RMB and it took about 40mins to arrive at the Central Street. Then, it was about 5-10mins walk (flat ground) to reach Ibis Shangzhi.

Tip: just be careful when you are crossing road even though the green man is in your favor. Also, beware of slippery grounds.

Ibis Shangzhi is located within the shopping centre and there are plenty of local eateries and fast food (Macdonalds). There will be a tour agent at the lobby and you can arrange your day trips activities with him/her.

My room was a double bed on the highest floor, room 718. The room was spacious and there were plenty of walking space, a hanging place for winter coats, a small couch with electrical points nearby, electric kettle, 2 bottles of drinking water replenished daily, hair dryer and hot water for shower all the time. The room was pretty heated so it was not cold and the TV channels were mainly Chinese, some Russian channel, some English and French channels too but limited varieties.

If you wish to make hot drink, it will be wise to bring/buy your own porcelain cup because they only provide 2 paper cup and 1 tiny plastic cup.

The reception opens 24hrs and you can deposit your luggage with them if you wish to go away on a short trip. However, there was no weighing scale at the lobby for your luggage. You will also need to deposit 200RMB for the room throughout your stay.

I was there for the Ice and Snow world and there were free shuttle buses to/fro, but subjected to about 1.5-2hrs of free time. If you do not like it, you can always go on your own using public buses or taxis. I have seen buses from Central Street to the Ice and Snow World at 5RMB/pax/way. The tour I joined charged me for the admission ticket listed on the Ice and Snow World website. So there was not extra to pay. The next day, I did joined them for a day tour to places of interests such as Songhua River whereby you can play ATV, snowtube, go-kart and watch winter swimming and fishing performances, Sun Island, Siberian Tiger Park and etc. You have to pay for your own admission for some of these places. Also, there were no obligations for you to stay until the tour ends. This means that you can leave the tour mid-way if you do not wish to join the activities. Else, you can also wait in the bus and go to the next activities. At the end of the day, I minus the actual cost of the admission tickets versus the money paid for this tour, it costs about 140RMB more but this includes transportation, guide fee, visit other places of interests for photo-taking, Russian style town admission and lunch. So it was alright.

From Ibis Shangzhi, I was able to walk to Sophia church (along the same street), Central Street (one street behind), Parkson Shopping which has a wal-mart and near the flood control memorial tower. You can either access to Parkson shopping via crossing the roads or use the underground walkway at the Central Street.

On my way back, I went back to the airport bus station but the bus was full because at
the boarding place, the Central Street station is one of the stops nearest to the airport. So there were no seats available. You can choose to wait for the next bus (which I found it to be 30mins frequency) or you can choose to take a taxi parked around the bus station. Usually, the drivers will offer you car-pooling and it costs about 30-40RMB/pax. Ask whether it includes airport toll. For me, I paid 40RMB and it was included and car-pool with 3 other pax.

Stay warm 

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

Well lobbed in Harbin as a pivot point for our trip to and from Inner Mongolia. The hotel is perfectly located in the central area of the town. It's actually a very decent sized city and there is much to see.

It's great value, as are most places when you travel in this part of the world. Rooms are small but tidy, clean and suitable for an overnight or short term stay. Will happily stay there again next time we visit the area.

Room Tip: Travelled here twice, both rooms were similar. So no choice detail.
  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Bortgm
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

The front desk staff will offer you a 150 yuan taxi service to HRB airport. Don't trust them! They are cheating you! The taxi driver will charge you another 30 yuan when you are approaching the airport toll area. You will be kicked off if you refuse to pay him the 30 yuan. Shame on you!

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
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Thank Tanhon123
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

I visited Ibis hotel Harbin on 29 Dec 17 and Check out on 1 Jan 18, when the taxi arrived at hotel and I founded the hotel is located in a prime location for tourist. When we entered to check in counter, the staff Name, Ms. Zoo did Check in process for us. She is very bad attitude, never smile abs never warm welcome to the guest. Then we went to the room, room size is Ibis standard but not much cleaned. A lot of dust under the bed. Breakfast was so simple and service staffs are never care to guest. All have to do self service but if compare with 29 RMB was acceptable. The check out process with Ms. Zoo again, she never explain the folio and focus on payment only. Never ask about stay, never offer any help how to catch taxi to airport. The worse thing is,I asked her. Are you never say thank you to the guest? She said “may be”. I feel very bad with her. Please bring my comments to develop and training your staff to make guest satisfied.
Thank you.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled with friends
Thank MussaveeBKK
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

Exactly what it is, no frills hotel.

Pro - good location, walking distance to shopping centers, Sophia Church, ZhongYang Street Shopping, Stalin Park, Ropeway cable car, etc., hot water bath is sufficient hot,

Cons - very thin on amenities, breakfast is at a canteen (I woudn’t say it is a restaurant), you get 2 bath towels, no hand towels, no fridge (never mind, just open the window a little (it will freeze in winter), very short handed at reception, staff speaks only Mandarin, wall is thin so you hear noises from other rooms.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Wei K
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