We stayed for a night during National Holiday week because we were with friends who wanted to stay there and out of curiosity having been to the Meridien Hotel nearby previously. We avoided the check in rush by arriving after 5pm and basically everything was fine. Kids had a good time in the pool, service was as you would expect. Rooms a bit on the small side but no real complaints there. You're not supposed to sleep 4 to a room, you are expected to pay for another one, but there is no reason for this that I could see given the room size unless just to make more money for the hotel operators and owners.
We ate out in the evening and enjoyed the breakfast buffet in the morning. Breakfast buffet was substandard really, you have to ask for everything and then it is willingly provided - freshly ground coffee, extra fresh fruit, pepper mill etc. In meeting those requests the staff were really excellent.
Would we go back? Possibly but to be honest I think I prefer the better quality of the downtown hotels for a city escape. A reason to return would be the beach (see photos) which the children enjoyed and the rooms on 1/F that front straight onto the pool which would be fantastic during the outdoor pool season. If we did go back I would try booking through an agent rather than direct with the hotel which we are told gets a better rate despite the online best rate guarantee...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Sheshan National Tourism Resort, only 35 minutes from the city centre, 20 minutes from Hongqiao International Airport, Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental has elegant and luxurious Mediterranean architecture surrounded by lush gardens and blue lagoons, offering 368 rooms and suites, and additionally 7 villas. The rooms have 3 décor styles: Mediterranean, Chinese and Southeast Asian, all with private balconies, and with L’Occitane and Hermes room amenities. The hotel shares with each of its guests its passion and savoir-faire for gourmet food with varieties of restaurants and bars. Among its 12 meeting rooms, the Grand Ballroom can hold up to 1200 persons and there are also 4400 sqm outdoor swimming pools, man-made beach, indoor heated pools, SPA Centre, SOFIT Health Club, tennis, outdoor mini golf and night club, perfect for both business and leisure. ... more less
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