What We Love
- Heated indoor pool
- Live music every night at Ku Bar
- A hot stone massage in one of 9 private suites at Lea Spa
- WiFi is free
What To Know
- The hotel opened in 1997
- Parking costs extra
- Harbin Airport is about an hour’s drive from the hotel; a shuttle service can be arranged at an additional charge of about $70 one way
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set back from the bustle of downtown, with clear views of the city, Sofitel Wanda Harbin is a five-star modernist stay in the heart of Harbin’s business district. The hotel’s 22-story, glass-fronted exterior belies the warmth of its cream and coffee-colored public spaces; the lobby is decked out with polished marble floors, high vaulted ceilings and funky Art Deco-style lighting, while guestrooms come with textured wallpaper, deep pile carpets, and plump velvet sofas. Asian-influenced furnishings, bedspreads and artwork nod to the city’s rich history, with splashes of scarlet and burnt orange adding warmth. Luxe bathrooms are connected to the living areas with sleek, floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Book a hot stone massage at the colossal Lea Spa, work out at the all-mod-cons gym, or relax with a dip, or a session in the sauna. Then feast on sushi and sashimi in a private room at II, the hotel’s upscale Japanese restaurant. Top off your evening with a post-dinner cocktail at Ku Bar and Cigar Lounge; there’s nightly live music and the bar stays open until 2 am.
In the Area
Harbin’s notoriously harsh winters are sweetened each year by the world-famous International Snow And Ice Festival. For three months, you can ride a horse-drawn carriage through the 150-acre display park, featuring dramatically lit ice and snow sculptures. In 2014, the display included the tallest ice sculpture in China: a 46-meter replica of the Hallgrimskirkja church in Reykjavik. In the warmer months, hire a gondola and float over the Songhua River to dazzling Sun Island. Watch newlywed couples walk arm in arm, then meander through the leafy park, checking out the deer petting zoo and the turtle pond along your way.
How to Get There
We were expected slightly more when we book this hotel, it's the brand that carries the value we thought. It turned out to be somewhat disappointing. Check-in was slow, 15 mins of wait and there was just 2 check-in counters, everybody else seems busy.
It doesn't make sense to have a temperature control in the room, with a controller to blow cold air but they shut the aircon off (as what we'd told). We had very warm nights, everyday we had the window opened and suffocate us with dry air.
Breakfast provide at the club longe was probably worst than a budget hotel. It was nowhere near the standard of similar Sofitel brand. Assortment of Chinese dishes, some western selection and we're done with simple breakfast. Totally budget.
Room cleaning however wasn't thorough, I found pills and a pin on the carpeted floor. And it has still yet to be cleaned at checkout. That said, they were prompt when we rang to open our room's window.
Having said that, the bell boy is attentive, pool attendant is inviting. It's a massive indoor pool. Guest attendants in the club lounge are courteous. No less of any amenities. Comparing with other Sofitel in other cities, it is questionable to have faulty hard products. With array of hotels selection at Harbin, it's better to go elsewhere.
hotel is very old and location is not ideal especially if you want to visit the old city or the wanda indoor ski center. the interior looks very tired. breakfast quality needs to be improved considerably. not sure the value for money. my room was also very warm throughout the night
First of all, Thank you for complete my requests (connecting room and late check-in). Anyway I and me family waited for check-in so long time because of missing something in your payment system. I'd booking in advance payment but your staff said nothing. Hopefully that this event will not happen again. But overall, everything is fine. except air conditioner was not cold.
Heard so much about Harbin, I was so happy when I had the opportunity to visit Harbin last January. But Harbin seems not only good during winter. So Hopefully I will be back to Harbin in other season. The trip to Harbin was also great as we decided to choose Sofitel Harbin. The Concierge Manager, knows everything about Harbin. Find a good tour guide and a van to bring me and my wife to the places everyone need to visit.
The Sofitel hotel will be able to pamper you, from the time you arrive at Harbin airport until you need to return to the airport or the station if you need to take the train. So I really enjoyed Harbin and thank you for a nice stay at Sofitel.
We came for the ice festival but unfortunately we were 6 days late and it stopped earlier because of the weather. We already booked flight and hotel and we stayed one night in the Sofitel. A nice hotel, a little away from the centre but good location, good facilities also. The breakfast was good as well. But I saw some improvement they could make. It was extremely hot in the rooms and it is difficult to get the temperatures down. The staff should improve their english, even at the reception, breakfast and the doormen. In the restaurant the furniture looked very old and damaged. So Sofitel make this place a 5 star hotel (again) and we will be back.