Ok, so i'll keep this short. We stayed in the magnificent for 5 nights over the Chinese New Year holidays in February of this year, during a time when hotel prices very quickly inflate - especially those in a prime location such as the Magnificent. So from reading other's reviews of this place, it seems apparent that people are very hard to please and especially harsh when reviewing a hotel that is quite obviously advertised as a budget hotel. I have stayed in many budget hotels and hostels and this one was one of the finer establishments I've spent my time in.
The rooms are basic and rather shabby, with a definite need of new furniture and paint job. In saying that though, they were very clean and everything was above board. We has a hot shower and the room was serviced everyday. I should also like to note that this hotel offers terrific views of parts of the famous Shanghai bund! From our own window we had a pristine view of the new Shanghai Tower, the world's tallest building (2015).
It's also worth mentioning we received a free continental breakfast every morning. The breakfast was by far great, but they served good coffee and had some tasty veggie and rice dishes which certainly kept me full up until dinner. In terms of staff, I should say they were friendly (for the most part) and some spoke excellent English. There was one receptionist that looked like he should be playing bass for a Chinese emo band! He had very distasteful hygiene and looked rather inconvenienced to deal with us. In saying that however, we really found no faults with this place as a whole. It was amazingly located (about 25 minutes walk from the Bund) and very very satisfying for the price we paid. Just remember before booking to consider the name of this hotel - The Magnificent! Even the Chinese can have a sense of humour and use irony from time to time.
Not a magnificent, or even a great hotel, but this place is a fine refuge for a few relaxing nights for a very humble price compared to other hotels in the area. Very good!
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- Also Known As:
- Magnificent International Plaza Shanghai
- Hotel Magnificent International Plaza