I am visiting Shanghai almost once a month and have, of course, tried many hotels in this city.
Among the hotels in the Pudong district that I have stayed with for the last four-five years this is the best if you look on value for money.
Very new and fresh, big beds and a nice bathroom make it an excellent choice.
If you plan to visit Shanghai Exhibition Centre there is a free bus from the hotel in the morning and back again in the afternoon for every single exhibition all year round.
The staff is “new” (as the hotel it self) and very keen to making your stay a comfortable one. Their understanding of English is over average compared to other hotels I have stayed with in Shanghai. It’s, in my experience, very rear that the bell-boy can have a meaningful chat with you in the elevator going up to your room.
There is one restaurant on the ground floor operated by the hotel, which serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is, in my opinion, to expensive, but the food is good.
On the third floor there is an independent Chinese restaurant (belonging to a chain as far as I know) which offers a traditional Chinese lunch or dinner. It is a huge restaurant with many separate rooms and several open areas with a lot of tables for two to six-seven people. I don’t know so much about this restaurant chain, but if you like Chinese food this restaurant will give you value for your CNY for sure! A dinner for three with tree-four dishes and two-three bottles of beer is a mere 150 – 200 CNY.
On the 25th floor there is a lounge for those staying in Club rooms. They serve complimentary breakfast, beverages all day and drinks and snacks in the early evening. Nice area which will give you value for the extra 2 – 300 CNY you have to pay for a Club room per night.
The close surroundings are mostly offices (Pudong local government is one) and flats. There are several small restaurants, a video shop, two bars, a massage parlour, a barbershop and two Family Marts close by. The area is quite popular among expatriates and you can meet many Europeans in the bars on weekends.
For more serious shopping it’s only a short walk to Thumbs Plaza with many shops including Carrefour.
For not so serious shopping it is a short walk to the copy market underneath the Science and Technology Museum. This is one place where you can try out your negotiating skills. Century Park, Shanghai’s largest park, is also within walking distance.
A taxi to Times Square, Pudong (close to Intercontinental Hotel on Zhangjang Lu) is about 15 CNY and the same number of minutes. Here you will find several electronic markets and department stores with all international brands. There are also a large number of good restaurants in this area. The restaurants are not so easy to find though. Many are located several floors up and you have to be able to read Chinese signs or ask someone for the way to find them. Highly recommended is a small Sichuan restaurant in Thomson Business Centre ground floor for those who like spicy food and an authentic environment. I have never seen any Europeans in this restaurant over the years.
If it’s your first trip to Shanghai or if you are a regular, Crown Plaza, Century Park is a really good hotel and can be highly recommended.
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