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“The price is right but somewhat out of the way for tourists” 3 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Vista Shanghai
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.700 Chang Shou Road, Shanghai 200060, China (Changshou Road)   |  
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Ranked #126 of 3,925 Hotels in Shanghai
parkland, florida
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“The price is right but somewhat out of the way for tourists”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2008

I was a tourist and the first 3 days of my 11 day visit to China I stayed at this hotel. It was booked by my tour agency. The only bad experience was at check-in . I had a confirmed reservation for a king bed and the hotel could not accomodate it. Also, i was a Holiday inn priority club member which usually is good for at least a free drink and sometimes an upgrade but not at this hotel . You may want to pay a few more bucks and ask for a deluxe room on their executive floor. There is an exercise room and lounge access if you do. I was booked into a standard room on the 10th floor which although a bit small was acceptable as it had all the necessary amenities and everything worked. There is construction going on behind the hotel and the hotel itself is on a busy street so you want to book a high floor.

Breakfast was included and the food quality was quite good. Service was excellent at the restaurant. They even allowed us to have breakfast early one day when we had an early call on a guided tour.

One thing to keep in mind though is that around rush hour this hotel is a longish though not too expensive cab ride to the downtown Shanghai area .Most of the tourist attractions are located in around the Bund and Nanjing Road where the more pricey hotels are located. The nearest fine restaurants to the hotel are a 20 minute cab ride away in an area called Xin Tiandi in the French Concession. Pricey by chinese standards but well worth the visit .

For those of you who arrive with lap tops you will encounter sticker shock at this hotel. Expect to pay $13 an hour for internet access.

  • Liked — The price
  • Disliked — Check-in staff could not or were unwilling to accomodate confirmed reservation requests
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Value
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Andover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2008

We stayed here with our 7 month old baby for 5 days. It was clean and safe and there were some places to eat nearby. As we had the small one with us we ate in every night in the hotel chinese restuarant which was superb (although overpriced by Chinese standards) as long as you were the only people there. When there was more than 2 tables the service became chaotic. Breakfast was a good buffet selection. Rooms were clean but not spotless and I did worry about the poor fish in the bowl.

Downside is the location. Shanghai is not pushchair friendly so we were reliant on taxis which meant you effectively had to add a good hour onto anywhere you went as the traffic is so heavy. In saying that we never had a problem getting a taxi .
Checkout was also an interesting experience (again as in all Chinese hotels we stayed in) if you are in a hurry - do it the night before you check out.
Overall - fair price , for reasonable hotel.

  • Liked — waiting staff
  • Disliked — taxis to get anywhere
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2008

Stayed here for 2 nights in their King Bed Deluxe Room. The hotel is decorated very nicely and the staff is helpful. The rooms are well appointed and very comfortable. The bed is soft and cozy. The bathroom has a nice rain shower head. I was surprised to find a small fish bowl on the desk with 2 colorful fish swimming around.

There are some restaurants and shops within walking distance from the hotel. Taxis are plentiful and cheap. A taxi to/from Pudong Airport runs about 180-190 RMB, which is a good deal considering it's 60 km away. Taxis to tourist areas run about 30 RMB each way.

I highly recommend this hotel if you want to stay somewhere comfortable and upscale without spending a lot of money.

  • Liked — Comfortable Rooms
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2008

This was my return visit, stayed there for 3 nights on arrival to Shanghai/China. My previous stay was in May last year. My reasons for returning was because it was a rather pleasant hotel, comfortable, clean, efficient and friendly staff, and its location. However, in my opinion, some of the early rave reviews on this website grossly over rated this hotel. I would say it is a solid 3.5 star Holiday Inn. It is slightly out of the way from business/commercial area, or from a metro station but they are only short taxi rides away and taxis are very cheap. Its locatition on the Northeast of the city makes it very convinient for the Shanghai railway station, Shanghai Hongqiao airport and reasonably convinient for the Shanghai South Bus terminal.

Note that while the hotel is next to a main road with plenty of taxis passing by, the hotel entrance is on a side road with no taxis at all, and hardly any taxi queue at the hotel for businss. A few who do only want to pick-up long distance fares like airport etc. Hotel doormen often have to go to the main road to wave for a taxi, but I fond it was a lot easier just do it yourself by walking to the main road. Another note is this hotel seems to have one of highest internet charges in China. 24hr charge is 115Y, while most other hotels in China in my experience, internet is free or at a nomila cost. Thankfully they also have a hourly rate of 10Y. Another note is for those previliged to use the executive lounge, the lounge is dispproportionally small and stark for the of the hotel.

  • Liked — Pleasant, clean, location, good value
  • Disliked — Not much
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2008

I 've stayed at the Vista several times now and keep coming back. It's a good hotel, nice and comfortable rooms with a good bed, clean and I especially like the executive floor, where they have a nice quiet athomosphere. The hotel decor is nice and OK restaurant with nice staff. Pricey although, and got angry that they charged me 35RMB + tax for a diet Coke, that's a rip-off! Only problem was the long check-out time; I don't know why they take so long to check you out.

  • Stayed April 2008
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2007

Had two nights here at the end of September. This was a very welcoming hotel with comfy seats in the lobby. Had a fish in a little tank in our bedroom.Had a huge superb shower in our room although our friends had a bath. Thought the hotel had no bar but it turned out to be where the cakes were for sale. All drinks were hidden in the back room. Had a snack in this bar during the afternoon. Chinese dumplings, very nice. Felt very safe walking around outside the hotel although crossing the road was a bit of a nightmare. Much safer to use the footbridges to cross. Found a nice shopping mall 5mins from the hotel.Thoroughly enjoyed the buffet in the evening. Called western but plenty of dishes to choose from including Chinese. I had baby lobster cooked to order. Buffet breakfast was good too.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2007

After a long flight it was a welcome sight to arrive at the Shanghai Vista. The hotel is fairly new so the interior feels nice and fresh. All of the staff were friendly and helpful with good English for those with poor Mandarin!

My room was a good size with an incredibly comfortable bed, nice and clean, in room safe and just about all the toiletries you could need were provided in the bathroom!

The breakfast had a great selection of Chinese, European and American foods, healthy or otherwise! The evening buffet was equally as good. If you are veggie like me then you will easily be able to get a decent meal.

There is a small shop outside that sells snacks and water etc. A small bottle of water was about 1.50 yuan which is literally next to nothing. The hotel does provide two complimentary bottles each day but should you need more then there is no need to go too far or pay too much.

There is a coffee shop in the lobby which sells delicious cookies. I suggest you try the orange which goes down great with a cup of coffee.

It's not a centrally located hotel although there are plenty of shops and food places a short walk away. It is however fairly close to the Jade Buddha Temple which is definitely worth a visit.

Definitely an excellent hotel and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending it.

  • Liked — It was really safe and clean
  • Disliked — Not very central
  • Stayed September 2007
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.700 Chang Shou Road, Shanghai 200060, China
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Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > Changshou Road
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#109 Luxury Hotel in Shanghai
#111 Business Hotel in Shanghai
#177 Best Value Hotel in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Vista Shanghai 4*
Number of rooms: 290
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista is strategically located on Chang Shou road at the intersection of Pu Tuo, Jin An and Chang Ning districts, the hotel is only 10 minutes drive distance from City Center.Just 20 minutes drive from the Hong Qiao Airport, 55 minutes from the Pudong International Airport and 5 minutes from the Shanghai Railway station, the hotel is perfectly situated for business, sightseeing and shopping.Holiday Inn Shanghai Vista has 290 contemporarily designed guestrooms including 4 Executive floors, 6 Non-smoking floors, 59 suites and 1 Shanghai Suite.The hotel features 2 Lounges & 1 Bar. ... more   less 
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