I got an extremely good deal on my stay here - it was one of those "mystery hotel" deals from Wotif, although I'd done my research and I was well aware that it was going to be this hotel. This obviously colours my perception of my stay, as I paid about half the standard rate.
Check-in was a little dodgy: the staff at reception had no record of my booking. After a bit of discussion between themselves, they decided to believe me when I said I'd already booked and paid for the room, and checked me in. They dealt with the question of booking amongst themselves and directly with Wotif, and didn't disturb me about it until they'd resolved everything: I was impressed at how little this misunderstanding affected me. I did also have to remind them that my booking included free Internet (otherwise it's RMB 120 per day), but again they checked this and sorted it out to my satisfaction.
The lobby is lovely; it's among the best 1920s renovations I've seen anywhere. And my room was really very nice too. Again, the 1920s-style renovation was done beautifully - it was a very stylish room indeed. The bed was exceptionally comfortable, and there was a good chair and a nice big work desk. The Internet fee would have been pretty steep if it hadn't been included in my special deal, but Internet access was fast and easy.
A lot of hotels in China in this price range limit their foreign TV to news and sports channels, which is annoying after a long day at work. The Langham had HBO, AXN, National Geographic and Discovery: it was good to be able to watch some mindless entertainment. And there's a DVD player in the bedroom, with a USB socket, so you can watch your own DVDs and downloads (legal ones only, of course) too.
The bathroom was something special. It looked great, but it was functional too: the shower was excellent - nice and powerful, and with plenty of room in the shower cubicle. And the bath was enormous, and deep, and it had a TV at the end. (Note to guests: when you use the bathroom TV, the sound may seem very muffled. The speaker is in the cupboard under the bathroom sink - if you open the cupboard, the sound improves dramatically.)
I was there for business, but one day I had flu and had to postpone a meeting. I had an afternoon nap on the lovely comfortable bed, and then woke up and had a hot, deep bath while watching a James Bond film on HBO. I had room service that day, too - it was delicious, and it was delivered promptly. I felt rested and recovered enough after all that to get back to work the next day.
The location is great: you're one small block from People's Square, and two small blocks from Nanjing Road Pedestrian Area. It's less than 50 metres to the entrance to People's Square Metro station, and a short walk to The Bund. There's a very big food court in the basement of Raffles Plaza across the road from the hotel. The location would be great for tourists, but it was also very good for me, as it was on the Metro line and midway between my meetings in Pudong and Puxi. In spite of the very central location and the low rooms (I was on the 3rd floor), it was surprisingly quiet: the double glazing did an excellent job.
Even if I'd paid the normal price for my room, I'd have been very happy with this hotel. As it was, I was delighted. The room was lovely; the lobby was beautiful, the location was perfect, and the service was brilliant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the movie “Somewhere in Time”, a time-honored hotel took the hero back to 70 years ago and experienced really romantic love with the heroine. Nowadays, in the center of Shanghai with endless flow of people, there is a place that could take you back to the 1930s to appreciate the golden age of Shanghai. That is The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai.The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai, an Art Deco masterpiece infused with gold age of Shanghai, owns the superior geographical position. Located in the People’s Square, centre of Shanghai, the hotel enjoys convenient access to all parts of the city with the Shanghai Metro Lines 1/2/8 less than 30 meters from the hotel. Moreover, the hotel is bordered by major cultural and entertainment highlights within walking distance, such as Nanjing Pedestrian Road, People's Park, the Raffles City, the Shanghai Museum, and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.This hotel attracts guests with its private and graceful environment instead of the splendid and magnificent impression. The stained glass dome looks so gorgeous with carved staircase winding up. The candlelit crystal lighting collocates with palatial valance creating the elegant and sumptuous atmosphere. The unique collections displayed on the wall of guest room floor corridors, such as jewelry boxes, manual-shaving-hair tools, ancient door latch, traditional pipes, ladies’ hand bags, Hawksbill needles, cookie boxes, etc, all tell guests the history of Shanghai. Entering each room, the song “ Rose, Rose, I love you” reminds each guest of the prosperity of the old Shanghai with its sweet voice and nostalgia melody. Standing on the guest room private balcony, you could feel the quick pace of the modern city while retrospect the past good times at the same time.Yangtze Hotel, the predecessor of The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai, opened in 1934, owns 80 years of history. Decorated with lavish art deco style, this hotel was touted as “The Third Largest Hotel in the Far East” by the renowned architect, Li Pan. This hotel used to be a popular social resort gathered many celebrities and movie stars, and it was exactly the birthplace of the most classic and well-known song “Rose, Rose, I love you”. In order to inherit this cultural heritage, Yangtze Boutique reserves this song as the background music in the room, and names one suit of room as “Rose Suite” to be one of the signature of the hotel, which becomes the favorites of many guests. Over the past 70 years, the Yangtze Hotel witnessed the ups and downs of Shanghai. In mid 2009, the Yangtze Hotel was renovated gorgeously and re-emerged in a great sumptuous way, reserving the classic Art Deco design style while mixing the 1930s old Shanghai style together. Just like the time flying back, this hotel guides guests back to the glamorous and extravagant life in old Shanghai with great charm and elegant demeanor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Langham Yangtze Boutique Hotel Shanghai
- Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai
- Langham Yangtze Boutique Hotel Shanghai