We travel extensively throughout China and if you don't want the backpacker experience, it's the best in town. It's all relative and this hotel would be the one in which you want to stay in Jinan. There are several ''local hotel'' choices. The Crown Plaza is definitely not 5-star, but when you see the other options, you are grateful it's there! Everything worked. The carpet did not look vacuumed. The bathroom was clean, even though the fit and finish is shabby. Pillows were heavenly!
- Very clean place, helpful staff, however be aware of poor English and try to speak slowly, if you do it's gonna be easy to communicate. Room was really nice and clean, same level you expect from a good Ibis or holiday inn hotel in Europe. A bit far away from the railway station and you have to take a taxi. I printed a google map with the location of the hotel and its English name, but nobody knew it (not even a taxi driver), till we called the hotel and they explained the way to the taxi driver. But you would avoid this, if you write down the name of the place and the address with the chinese characters (you can copy them from the hotel website).