Qingdao was named a special economic zone in 1984 and as a result saw rapid development and foreign investment. That attracted the attention of the big hotel chains and the Chinese costal city was chosen by Accor Hotels to be the locale for two Grand Mercure hotel, the most recent being Grand Mercure Qingdao Nanshan Resort.
Strategically located next to the largest exhibition and convention venue in Shandong province, the Qingdao International Exhibition Centre, the resort is brand new, having opened for business earlier this year.
As for meetings, there are two pillarless ballrooms that can accommodate large groups with eight function rooms and two boardrooms for smaller meetings. The largest, Nanshan Hall, can accommodate nearly 1,000 guests, while smaller rooms such as Huiming and Huijing rooms are great for smaller groups at less than 100 square metres each. Services offered include simultaneous interpreting.
All 508 guest rooms, which look out over Aoshan Bay, are decorated in a contemporary style and come with complimentary wi-fi. The Grand Mercure Qingdao Nanshan Resort has three restaurants, three bars, one of which is a cigar bar, a fitness studio, a pool and sauna and a private beach. It is located 40 minutes away from Liuting Airport and about 30 minutes away from Jimo North Railway Station and Qingdao North Railway Station.