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“Great Property to stay in Shanghai” 5 of 5 stars
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Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.595 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai 200001, China (People's Square)   |  
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Ranked #63 of 3,934 Hotels in Shanghai
4.0 of 5 stars 665 Reviews
Fremont, California
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“Great Property to stay in Shanghai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

When one invokes the Howard Johnson name in the USA, it is more synonymous with motels. The last thing which would come to mind is something grand and palatial. Well, the HJ Plaza hotel in Shanghai is definitely a upscale property very unlike what we are used to in the US. It is very centrally located on Jiujiang Road with close access to shops and malls.

From the time the liveried bell hop grabs your luggage until you are checked in to your room, is a pleasant experience indeed. The marble entrance and the atrium at the reception is very grand. The rooms are well appointed with all the necessary accessories commensurate with a 5 star luxury hotel. Rooms are large in size with a office desk and a coffee table. The bathroom is quite grand with all the complimentary toiletries provided. Wifi is free and pretty good so you can stay connected without worrying about racking up a fat internet bill.

The buffet breakfast is unlike anything one has experienced in the US Howard Johnsons. It is truly grand with over 40-50 varieties of food , fruits and juices. A word of caution – You will pay les than US $10 for this amazing spread if booked in advance along with your room reservation. Else expect to pay $25 per person at the door.

All personnel at the hotel like to be tipped. A 5-10 RMB note will generally suffice. Request a room on the upper floors – above floor 15 if possible. Please note that rooms with single King beds are located on the higher floors while rooms with two beds are on the lower floors. Higher floors are suggested to avoid the noise pollution emanating from the city below. There is a Starbucks conveniently located off the ground floor lobby for all you coffee addicts. There is also a pub on level 3 serving a variety of beers on tap though pricey. I was pleasantly surprised with the tight level of security at the entrance and around the lobby to prevent unscrupulous characters from gaining entry.

The hotel will arrange transportation to and fro from the airport. Price listed for a SUV type vehicle is RMB 650. However, when we stated that we paid RMB 350 on our way in, they were able to get us a large sized vehicle (Mini-van) for RMB 300. So please inquire at the reception. Another point to note is that never exchange money at the airport as they charge a 50 RMB fee which is a rip-off. Exchange foreign currency at the hotel where I found the rates to be much better. Always request them to scan the Chinese currency notes through a scanner to weed out any fake notes. Passing a fake note can get you in a lot of legal hassles.

Overall, this is a great hotel to stay at and for $100 per night for 2 people, it is a steal.

Room Tip: Higher floors above 15th floor. 20 and above best to avoid street noise. Book buffet breakfast at ti...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

lovely clean hotel big rooms near nanjing pedestrian street near peoples square station wifii is weak and the airconditiner is set to 25 degrees c minimum.The hotel reception was ok but the concierage team wasnt cordial but overall enjoyed the stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Lovely hotel. Very nice room. Very close to Nanjing Rd for shopping. The staff were excellent. The hotel was very clean. The only niggle we had was with the air conditioning. It didn't seem very effecient. Lovely view from our room.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

I was a bit skeptical at first about staying at a Howard Johnson, but this is truly the nicest Howard Johnson Hotel I have ever seen. There is a nice variety of restaurants in the hotel and several in the surrounding area. The rooms are very nicely furnished and I found the beds to be very comfortable. If you will be traveling to Shanghai in the future, I highly recommend this hotel.

Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Nice 5 Star Hotel and excellent location directly near famous Nanjing Road. Also decent breakfast. Near People Square and Bund as well. So good choice in any case. Have been visiting that hotel frequently since 2004 and they maintained their service all time

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for 3 days during our stay in Shanghai and I have to say we were not disappointed. This hotel is the BEST VALUE around in the City. Ideally located next to Nanjing road it provides a clean, spacious hotel rooms in the centre of town wih an outstanding view. If you are expecting the upper echeleons of a 5* hotel, this is not it!! However it provides MORE than what one needs for their stay in Shanghai. When my luggage was lost by the airline, the staff did not disappoint and helped retrieive it for me without fuss. An additional note- I note there are many HOJO hotels in Shanghai, make sure you book the PLaza as there is some confusion when booking. The cost of transfer to the hotel is 170-180 Yuan. If you want to save on transfers, the Sofitel is right NEXT DOOR and transfer using the shuttle there is you wish.

Room Tip: Choose room facing Nanjing road - excellent view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai

Address: No.595 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai 200001, China
Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > People's Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#36 Family Hotel in Shanghai
#41 Romantic Hotel in Shanghai
#57 Luxury Hotel in Shanghai
#62 Business Hotel in Shanghai
#180 Best Value Hotel in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai 4*
Number of rooms: 358
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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