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“Wonderful location and fabulous room for a great price” 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 #52 of 3,560 hotels in Shanghai
Los Angeles, California
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“Wonderful location and fabulous room for a great price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I was skeptical about staying at a Howard Johnson, since in the U.S. it is associated with lower quality hotels. But this place was fantastic! The lobby was very grand. My room was huge-a sitting room, 1 gorgeous bathroom with shower and tub plus another 1/2 bath. It was spotless. The bed was extremely comfortable. The room was huge, very quiet and had all the necessary amenities.

The staff was very friendly and spoke great English. They exchanged money on-site (not every hotel will). The location was wonderful-in the heart of the action and about 15 minutes walking from The Bund. I had the breakfast buffet for about $17 and it was great. ( heard others say that the dinner wasn't very good, though.) They let me store a bag there for several days for free.

I stayed in another hotel right down the street for more money. It was nice, too. But I felt this hotel was a better value and overall much nicer.

All in all, I would highly recommend this hotel. I wish I had more time in Shanghai.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This hotel is fantastic and located in a very good place. It is just a three minute walk to nanjing pedestrian road. The rooms are really nice as are the amenities. The breakfast buffet is very good as well. A little on the pricey side but there are deals.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I stayed here with family earlier this year and quite liked it. It is centrally located to downtown restaurants and shops. The rooms were spacious and the lobby was also very impressive. There is a good view from the rooms of the city.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Beautiful hotel, wonderful rooms, large soaker bathtubs in standard rooms, comfortable beds. The food here was average, good, not exceptional. There is a beautiful park across the street for relaxing or going for a walk. Very picturesque

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 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 October 23, 2013

Usually stay at another hotel when in Shanghai but decided to give this a try. Well worth it. Location is good and only a short metro ride from airport. Front desk staff spoke excellent English; rooms very clean and beds were comfortable. Did not have any issue with wifi in the room. Had a drink in the bar on the 2nd floor along with an excellent hamburger, however prices were high. Starbucks located on the premises.
One street over from pedestrian street and from our room we had an excellent view of pedestrian street. Fitness centre and sauna were great and very clean.
Will stay again

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Great location near the Bund, but most taxi drivers don't know it so get a card from front desk or a staff member to write the name in Chinese to show them. Can't fault the breakfast buffet and staff were helpful. Internet was troublesome and slow.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Stayed for business and did not stay too much in the hotel. Breakfast very good, service very attentive with decent English and even smiles. Location is everything and shopping is just around the corner. But now I understand, why so many Chinese like to shop overseas.

Internet was not that great, In the evenings it may get a little difficult to get a taxi and some of the bell staff could show a little more effort to help with this request. Some "funny" guys in front of the hotel, asking for some "wild" services, which is a little bad for this nice hotel.

Overall a very good stay. Safe, clean, functional.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai Hotel Shanghai
Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai Hotel
Howard Johnson Shanghai
Shanghai Howard Johnson
Address: No.595 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai 200001, China
Location: China > Shanghai > People's Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#31 Family Hotel in Shanghai
#51 Luxury Hotel in Shanghai
#59 Business Hotel in Shanghai
#224 Best Value Hotel in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Shanghai is an international five star hotel in the heart of downtown Shanghai. ... more   less 
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