Since Jinan doesn’t have a hostel and I had points for a free night, I splurged and stayed at the Crowne Plaza. It’s centrally located near the city square and lots of stores. Well, first I stayed one night for free and then next I paid. Then I went to the cheaper Home Inn down the street and return to the Crowne Plaza.
The rooms are well furnished and quiet, which isn’t always the case (see my review of the HomeInn). The staff speaks good English and is very accommodating. The second stay I got a room in on the club level, a nice perk for members of the Priority Club.
The hotel has a fitness club, that’s small but the staff is helpful and they’ve got basic machines, though they’re a bit old.