This is an ok hotel, not sure if i would stay again though. Not because it was bad, but i feel there are better locations and values out there.
It is about 2-3 blocks from the pearl tower and IFC mall (which we found ourselves constantly walking to)....the shanghai aquarium is about a block away.
There is a decent food court next to the hotel....chain store food court, costa coffee, and a mid range taiwanese restaurant. This is where office workers go eat. Another block down, are more food places...so, location wise...not too bad.
Higher end eatery like south beauty, you'll have to go to the IFC.
View...our bund view room was about 1/3 bund view...most of the rooms will be partially blocked by the DBS building...it will also block the Pearl tower. get a room higher than 25, i guess...our room was on the 19th, so it was a bit lame.
Room size is typical.. not a bad size. The bathroom has a separate shower stall, and bathtub. Amenities were decent. Shower pressure was strong, it has a rain shower head that was a real downpour...and has body jets as well.
Blowdryer could be stronger...but that's typical hotel blowdryer..and i've seen worse.
Only thing about the bathroom was it had an all class wall...which is kinda cool....except when you're sleeping already, and someone had to use the bathroom and turns on the light in the middle of the night. Its also glass all the way to the toilet...which could be privacy issues if you have outside guests in the room.
Bed was excellent...pillow top mattress, with very firm but fluffy pillows.
only annoying thing was the lack of electrical outlets by the bedside. I had to unplug the lamp and alarm clock to plug in my iphone. Other wise, sleep wise was great. It had window curtain controls on bedside and master light switches.
general facility is par for course....nice swimming pool on a highfloor with decent hotel spa. im sure theres a lot of pics here.
There is a buffet downstairs...which is about average for the class it is in.lobby is big and elegant and service has been excellent.
cleaning staff has also been very efficient and almost invisible.
Overall a great hotel for what it is and where it is.....this was a inherited hotel from Melia, so, i feel Kempinski has been doing its best.
If you have business in the area, and if the Ritz, Park Hyatt or the IFC residence is a bit too expensive....this would be a good option. Otherwise, find a place across the bund...it would only be a few RMB more to take a taxi across ..and the subways are usually no problem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai is centrally located in the Lujiazui financial and trade section of the prestigious Pudong district and offers sweeping views of the Huangpu River and the Shanghai skyline. Within walking distance to the Oriental Pearl Tower and only a short drive away from the Jinmao Tower, The Bund, and other well-known landmarks of Shanghai. The Pudong and Hongqiao airports can also be reached within 45 minutes. The Hotel’s design combines contemporary and Oriental features, where guests can enjoy a variety of cuisines including Chinese, Mediterranean, Spanish and an international buffet at Elements. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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