We had booked the Blue Horizon after seeing it online and giving the information to our corporate travel desk. It was only after we arrived that we found two of us were quoted 590RMB/night, 2 of us 980RMB/night, and 2 of us 1010RMB/night. I would say that the pictures on travelocity (I think it was) show the executive business wing rooms and NOT the average college-dorm+ rooms.
I was also somewhat alarmed to have the hotel put what they called a "hold" on my bank card for almost 2000.00 USD (double the cost of my 7 night's stay) which promptly showed up on my bank balance as a debit :( This was compounded by the China Bank ATM in the lobby KEEPING my bank card--the only card I was using on my 5 week trip to Asia. I am now actually without credit or cash with three weeks to go in my trip.
My room fits a US 'full' bed angled into the room, with furniture reminiscent of a colleage guest house, and an older cathode tube tv. The room looks a little frayed around the edges (I'm sitting in it now) while the bathroom is surprisingly nice.
Bathroom is marble with glass shower--no tube--and very clearn. There are the usual array of business accoutrements (toothbrush, soap, toilettries, etc.).
A huge drawback for me is that the bed is hard as a slab of marble. I don't think I've found a comfortable hotel bed since staying at the Marriott in San Jose, Costa Rica. The bed even had my colleagues sighing with trepidation. When asked if there was something softer we were informed no.
Lucky for me is is a crisp spring evening in Shanghai because the a/c refuses to cool the room below 22c even though it is set at 16. Perhaps I don't understand the symbols on the dial adequately but really when one sets the temperature, selects 'cool' and high for the fan.. Then again it sounds as if a gurgling waterfall is up in the ceiling.
The quality of the rooms seems to vary quite a bit based on size, furnishings, and on the whim of the management? We have three different groups and three different prices for similar rooms. At least the bed in the colleague's room who is in the "executive" building is the same rock hard-ness.
The staff, however, has been unfailingly polite and as helpful as they are able. When I couldnt' find my colleague's room (not knowing that there was another building) the bellhop/doorman/porter (I wish I knew his name) escorted me through the lobby out into the courtyard, to the other building, up the elevator and then knocked on my colleague's door.
So, not so great location; mediocre rooms for which I believe we are paying too much, rock-hard beds but great staff.
Oh, and the Internet in the rooms is abysmally slow..
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