I arrived in Changsha around 07:30 by those wonderful overnight sleeper trains from Beijing with no hotel reservation but the intention of staying at Sheraton. Mei wen ti… I thought. But I had a little trouble getting a taxi, so in desperation I called the cell number of the young engineer who shared my sleeping cabin on the way over. He came right into the parking area of the Changsha Train Station and escorted me into Furama where he had booked a room.
I only stayed one night because I met friends next evening. But I was really pleased with my stay. Nice clean rooms, comfortable sleep for me.
An excellent response from managers when I had minor problem in hotel lobby coffee shop: I ordered some fresh-brewed coffee, settled in with my iPad to check emails and Internet accounts, and after 20 minutes of waiting walked over to bar to find a young man grinding coffee beans in a mortar and pestle. In another 5 minutes I had the best coffee I have EVER had in China and one of the best ever in a hotel. It was so just delicious that I ordered another cup, also excellent. However, when I got my next cup, it sucked. Apparently, the bar boy had decided to substitute the house pot coffee for their premium coffee. I asked for help, and a young Assistant Manager came to my table. Indeed, their premium coffee, freshly ground from beans of Jamaican Blue Mountain, were not used in my third cup. They delivered a free cup of their premium Blue Mountain. I was happy. I had a fourth cup and it was just as delicious as the first. (By the way, I emailed my grad student in the USA right from that coffee shop, and she told me that I could buy Blue Mountain beans from Amazon.com for $40 per pound. I did try it when I returned to the USA and it was NOT anywhere near as good as that coffee in Furama!)
I highly recommend Furama, for its proximity to the Changsha train station, excellent staff and comfortable rooms.
This is not a glitzy hotel either on a 5-Star Western model or traditional Chinese, but if you are a Western visitor, you will be comfortable here. I will go back just for the coffee.
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