The second half of our China trip was to be a week spent in Shanghai, during which time I would be celebrating my birthday. We thought we would splurge a little bit and decided on the Quintet B&B. However, we did still end up going with one of the cheaper rooms, the Fleur de Shanghai, which was still 900RMB/night. Their website is fantastic, very aesthetically pleasing with lots of information about the property and the city.
Bruce greeted us upon arrival and helped us up the stairs with our bags. And there are lots of stairs. 35 stairs, to be exact, to our room which was only on the second floor. That can definitely get tiring after a long day. I would also not recommend anyone with any type of mobility issues to stay here because of them.
Our room was decorated very tastefully, as were the other rooms I happened to see into. It is quite small, though. I've stayed in small rooms before so the size wasn't a big deal, but for the price we were paying it hurt a bit (about $140 CDN a night). There were lots of amenities like robes, two free water bottles per day, tea and tea pot in room, good bath products, hair dryer, safe and more.
Breakfast is Western style, with a choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, tomato, or museli and yogurt. When you check in, you get little slips for each person, each day that you make your selections on and give to the cook each morning. The food was prepared well, but we stayed for an entire week and after a few days it would have been nice to have some different options (and I did have different combos each day).
Some other pros and cons.
- I was able to use the computer and printer in the office.
- The rooftop patio is cool
- They left me a note and chocolates on my birthday.
- Sheet with many attractions written in Chinese.
- Close to two metro stations on different lines.
- Big bathtub.
- The shower/bathtub leaked like crazy! There was a drain right there, but it took forever to clear off the floor. Dangerous.
- The street noise was very loud.
- While the Quintet is nice, I felt like the price was still way too high for what it was.
- The stairs also make a lot of noise, even if someone is trying to walk quietly. Very disruptive when napping or at midnight when people would come home.
The Quintet is a nice place, but my overall experience was average. If I were to stay in Shanghai again I would look for somewhere else to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quintet is a boutique B&B located in the historic French Concession neighborhood of Shanghai. Stay at one of our six stylish, individually designed rooms in this three-story 1939 garden lane house and experience the bygone elegance of Old Shanghai. All rooms come with private baths, satellite TV, DVD players, and iPod-ready stereo. Enjoy gourmet breakfast in our downstairs lounge dining room or simply relax on the rooftop terrace. Knowledgeable staff can assist with special requests. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Quintet Bed And Breakfast Guest House Hotel Shanghai
- Quintet b&b Guest House