Howard Johson Tianyuan Resort Jiuzhaigou gets all the basics right. The rooms are large and spacious. Its location, near to Jiuzhaigou National Park, is convenient. There are also a number of shops and restaurants nearby. Breakfast served is average.
However, one would expect more from a global name like Howard Johnson. One huge peeve is that the water temperature can never reach a "goldilocks" temperature. During my 2 nights stay there, it was always either scalding hot or freezing cold. Most of the staff are also unable to speak English, making communication difficult.
To give them the benefit of the doubt, some of the shortcomings can be blamed on the earthquake which occurred in August last year. One of the wings, which includes the fitness centre and recreation centre, remains closed. Most of the restaurants and cafes in the hotel are not open either. There are also fewer guests than before, making the hotel feel rather sparse.
Here is hoping that Howard Johson, together with the rest of Jiuzhaigou, will be able to recover speedily.More
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