After many considerations taking into account location, price and TA reviews, I selected Courtyard by Marriott Puxi. I have no regrets at all. As others have noted, the physical condition of the property is new and not representative of a typical Courtyard in the US. It has an upscale atmosphere from lobby to rooms. The rooms are very comfortable and modern with highlights including they Marriott comfort found in the bedding, flat panel tv with multiple channel options and large bathroom with separate bath tub and shower which includes bench inside shower-a nice touch. Lobby Lounge was very comfortable and the bar/lounge was roomy and prices for drinks were reasonable. Free wi-fi available in lobby - in fact Marriott properties in Asia currently have promo for free in-room internet to all level Rewards Members (!) - good move Marriott!
My rate included breakfast which was very complete with many selections. Considering the rate that included breakfast and internet, this was a steal. Yes, the only slight downside was the location was not in the thick of things but as many have also mentioned taxis in Shanghai are so cheap and no drivers i encountered had difficulty in getting me back to the property.
The staff were very helpful and English was communicated with little challenges. They arranged a tour, helped me with use of gym facilities prior to my late night flight back to the US - everything was assisted without a problem and they had a terrific attitude and were very friendly.
Overall, this was an incredible value - you will not be sorry. I debated extending my stay but prior engagements back home called for my departure to my sadness. Courtyard by Marriott Puxi - a great place to call home at the end of a day of enjoying the great city of Shanghai!