This is a 150 years old old building located next to the100 years old wooden, historic Garden bridge on the Bund.
Enjoy the wonderful historic feeling of this neo-classic building - a hotel that Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Bertrand Russell and many other famous personages patronized - and then climb the wooden stairs and along a wooden-panelled corridor and open the door to your large, modern, comfortable and well-equipped room. A spacious bathroom with bathgown provided, shower and bath, everything I needed including an iron, ironing board, desk, fax machine, fridge, TV, WiFi, etc.
My room was on the street side and as everyone uses their car horns more often than their brakes, I found it noisy but eventually got used to it. This is the only negative things I have to say about this hotel.
Reception was well-staffed with English-speaking and helpful personnel. The restaurant served good Western food but choose the alternative Chinese dinner as this was even better and much cheaper. Drink beer which is inexpensive as wine is very expensive!
A bar and lobby bar offered small dishes and good service and there wrere 2 massage/beauty salons - WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT GO TO ANY MASSAGE SALON YOU ARE RECOMMENDED ON THE STREETS AS THEY ARE SCAMS, MAFIA OWNED AND WILL ROB YOU!
The breakfast room was magnificent and offered the best breakfast I have had anywhere in Asia, with almost everything you could want of good Western and Asian food.
The location is perfect as within a couple of minutes, after crossing the popular wooden Garden Bridge, you are walking along the glorious Bund and have a panorama of historic buildings on your right and modern towers, spires and skyscrapers on your left acroos the river. Walk along there at night and be fascinated by the colours - floodlit buildings, neon lights, fairy lights, enchanting lights changing colour on the tourist boats sailing up and down the river. To enjoy this panoramic view I would recommend that you cross the road from the hotel and go a few metres left until you see the Seagull Hotel and restaurant. I ate there sevarl nights but had problems finding the right meal (very Chinese menu) but the beer was great (ask them to serve in a high beer glass!) and cheap and the view amazing. To me it was magical!
You can walk to Nan Jing Road in 10 minutes BUT IGNORE ALL ENGLISH-SPEAKING TOUTS WHO ARE MAFIA-EMPLOYED TO HOOK YOU AND CHEAT YOU. DO NOT GO ANYWHERE WITH ANYONE YOU MEET THERE - THEY ARE TEAMS OF CRIMINALS EVEN THOUGH THEY APPEAR TO BE NORMAL PEOPLE. YOU RISK PAYING A FORTUNE!
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- Also Known As:
- Astor House Hotel Shanghai
- Astor Hotel Shanghai