Best place to stay in Ningbo
Posted Oct 17, 2011
We stayed here for 3 nights on a business trip in October 2011. We used the complimentary shuttle bus service from Shanghai to Ningbo which was excellent. You have to book in advance but in my opinion, it is the best way to travel to Ningbo. Journey takes around 3hrs but it is very comfortable. Sheraton Ningbo hotel is a very welcoming retreat from the hustle and bustle of Ningbo but be prepared - this comes at a price. We got a decent rate through Expedia but local prices in the hotel ARE expensive, comparable (and in some cases more) with major London hotels. Expect to pay around £5 for a coffee, £6 for orange juice and a BLT sandwich will set you back around £12. There is a lovely Spa and health centre but again, the Spa is very expensive - a facial is around £70 but they do a discount depending on the type of room you are staying in. Service in the hotel is very good. I had a superior deluxe corner room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city. The facilities in the room and the comfort overall are exceptional. The bathroom is very spacious and well appointed. There is a Starbucks directly opposite from the hotel as well as a couple of Irish pubs and a very nice Italian restaraunt. You need to take a taxi to the city centre where the shopping malls are but as with most of China, taxi travel is very cheap. All in all, I would definitely stay at the Sheraton hotel Ningbo again.