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
I've been here several times, and unless it is winter time here, the rooms will be too hot. Even in winter you have to turn off the heat to make it comfortable. It was 50 deg F outside last night, but it was almost 80 deg F in my room this morning at 6 am. It was hot almost all night. Two nights ago room cooled off, but at 10 pm they turn off the AC, so it quickly heated up from 75 to 79 deg F. Last night, the AC never came on. This morning when it came on at about 6:30 am, the room cooled down to a pleasant 75 F, but by 10 am it was back up to 79 deg F. Opening the window doesn't help, it is too small and air tends to go out and not come in.
The hotel faces N/S, with most rooms (5-22 out of about 30) facing South, so right into the sun. The AC even if it is on faces a challenge.The hotel need to be realistic, and draw all curtains in rooms that are unoccupied to keep them from the direct sunlight which heats them up fast. They should not turn off the AC when rooms are so hot as they cannot cool down without it. They advertise AC, they just don't say whether they will actually use it...
This is a nice hotel. If you don't mind hot rooms, I really recommend it. Comfortable beds, nice bathrooms and showers, and breakfast was good.
But for me, I'll be looking for something cooler whenever possible. I can't believe I have to come to Harbin to end up being unable to sleep because it is so hot!
Stayed just one single night but the experience is brilliant. Front desk is professional and kindly and thankful for them free upgrade me to next level. The kindly also been showed by room attendants, they always smiling. Good choice of Harbin.
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.