As I always disclose I am a travel agent and my recent stay at The Marriott Shanghais Hotel City Center was on a discounted Travel Agent rate. Such incentives do no influence my opinions.
In general The Shanghai Marriott is perfect for both business and leisure travel offering a premier location, well designed rooms, excellent amenities on-site i.e. dining, fitness, spa, area for entertaining, coffee outlet and an excellent staff all helpful and versed in multiple languages.
Location: The Shanghai Marriott is truly in the center of this sprawling city. The actual center-point of the city is just a few hundred feet away at the Park Hotel Building when the planners of Shanghai used the flag pole as the zero point of the city for surveying and planning. The location allows one to walk to a large subway station serving 3 lines, access to the beginning of Nanjing Street (the major pedestrian mall), People’s Square Park (home to The Shanghai Museum, The Shanghai Grand Theater, The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall) various shopping malls all within a few minutes walk of the hotel. The famous Bund waterfront is about a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel. The heart of the business district is across the river, thus best to take a subway or taxi which is inexpensive.
Hotel: No matter what entry you use to access the hotel i.e. pedestrian entry of formal lobby, once inside, a true oasis within a bustling city. The main lobby area offers a very well designed and efficient front desk service with multiple “stations” allowing check-in in an efficient manner. The rest of the main level includes a bar area known as The Lounge including an atrium (The Winter Garden) seating area with live bamboo and a singer, a coffee/to-go concession (Java+) perfect for a morning coffee and light breakfast offering both indoor and outdoor seating as well as a small tailor shop. Room access in the elevator is by key only.
Dining: Most of the hotel amenities are on the first 8 floors of the hotel. There is a sprawling Western style restaurant (Shanghai City Bistro) with a large buffet which offers every conceivable breakfast food known, thus you will not be missing your breakfast no matter where you are traveling from. The formal Chinese restaurant (Man Ho) is beautifully designed. We enjoyed a prix-fixe dim-sum one afternoon there, excellent service. Would be an excellent option for evening entertaining of clients. In addition there is a Japanese style restaurant, Inagiku which we did not have time to experience however I would assume excellent quality and service.
Gym/Spa: The gym is one of the better equipped hotel gyms I have visited. All new equipment for both aerobic and anaerobic workouts. There is also a large pool. I believe the gym may be owned and/or operated by another entity as the club offers memberships beyond the hotel. The locker rooms are luxury private club level with all amenities to prepare to be presentable post work out. The attendant is available from 6A to 23:00, yet the gym is open 24 hours. The neighboring spa looked inviting.
Room: Our room was very nicely designed and decorated for both leisure and business. We had a king bed room on the 25st floor with an unobstructed view of Shanghai. Many built-ins and efficient design made the room even more comfortable. A few unique features included:
A/V electrical Panel: with connections to the flat-screen TV and multiple outlets at the desk, a great amenity if traveling with laptop of even tablet.
Bed: Very comfortable, many pillows, individual night stands with lighting built in.
Night Light: feature provides under cabinet subdued lighting in the bedroom and bathroom, a nice feature esp. if the blackout shades are drawn.
Bathroom: Similar to the Renaissance in Hong Kong, a large window between the bathroom and bedroom yet this bathroom had an electronic shade allowing variations of light and privacy. Pocket doors for the bathroom offered a luxury touch. Deep soaker tub as well as a shower stall with both rain shower head and hand-held. Vanity is large with shelving underneath. ]
Overall this is a room one would be most appreciate to come back to after a day of meetings or touring. Of note, upon arrival in Shanghai from Hong Kong I was operating on limited sleep and jet-lag. The room was comfortable enough for me to fall asleep in the late afternoon and not awaken until the following morning and yet my companion could still read, watch TV, and use the bathroom all without disturbing me.
There are many hotels in Shanghai and of course a city of its size various distinct neighborhoods. There are many luxury outposts on The Bund. Beautiful views yet can be crowded esp. on weekends. In the commercial district, many options but a trek to many tourist spots. Even the French Concession and where the Langham is located, luxury yet lacking convenience beyond the surrounding shopping area.
If you visit to Shanghai is short (mine was 3 days) and you are looking for a truly central location allowing you to walk, take the subway and of course tour by car and driver. The Marriott Shanghai City Center is an excellent option and one that will exceed your expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 18th and largest hotel from Marriott International in Shanghai has opened its doors in the heart of the city centre. The 720 guest room Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre stands out as a flagship hotel for the Marriott Hotels and Resorts brand in China. Offering unmatched hospitality, an unbeatable location and state-of-the-art contemporary amenities, the 39-storey hotel features five unique dining destinations and more than 2,000 sqm of dedicated event space. ... more less
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