In our Australia trip, Wendy and I stayed in Ibis hotel – in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. We found out ibis is a great hotel – it has everything a casual traveler needs.
Now, with the competition in the budget hotel market heat up in China, not only local brands like Home Inn, Hanting, and Motel 168 is joining the competition, international brand like ibis also joined.
Image in courtesy of ibis hotel
ibis in Beijing
The ibis I saw in Beijing is at Sanyuanqiao, the intersection of the third ring road, and Airport Expressway – just behind the Metro Line #10 Sanyuanqiao Station.
ibis in Shanghai
This is the 5th ibis in China and the first ibis in Shanghai. Tonight, when I visited the Liangyang area to have dinner, I saw it for the first time 0 the Lianyang Hotel. The logo of ibis is very visible in the dark night. According to its website, it opens in Sept, 2008, which is these days.
Here are the locations of ibis hotel in Shanghai:
Ibis Shanghai Lianyang – 上海联洋宜必思酒店
The price it shows on its website is 348 RMB including tax per night. It is significant higher than Home Inn (which offers 200 RMB rooms), but with the international brand recognition, and reasonable price compared to five star hotels, it is still very cheap.
Future ibis Hotels
According to ibis website, the following ibis hotel will open in China this year:
* Ibis Jinan : 2008
* Ibis Changshu : February 2008
* Ibis Yibin : 2008
* Ibis Tianjin the Centre Dabeiyuan : February 2008
* Ibis Chengdu Kehua : 2008
* Ibis Xichang : 2008
* Ibis Shanghai Lianyang : 2008
* Ibis Ya An : 2008
* Ibis Harbin : 2008
* Ibis Qiqihar : 2008
* Ibis Tianjin Tanggu : 2008
* Ibis Hangzhou Xiasha : February 2008
* Ibis Zibo Huaguang : 2008
* Ibis Shenyang The Centre : February 2008
* Ibis Chongqing Erlang : February 2008
* Ibis Beijing Phoenix : 2008
* Ibis Wuxi Hi Tech : February 2008
* Ibis Wuhan Hankou : February 2008
* Ibis Changzhou Wujin : 2008
In case you also enjoy ibis in many other international cities, you will be happy to know there is ibis in Shanghai too. However, I would love to see how it can compete with local budget hotels, and what is the result… I remember I read a report about its competition with Home Inn in Chengdu
At the very beginning, there is one ibis and one Home Inn in Chengdu. Soon, there are 10 Home Inn, while there is still one ibis there
Let’s see what the French hotel giant Accor is going to do with ibis.
P.S My Photo of ibis in Downtown Sydney
Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang. Ibis is the white one under the Sun