This is an outstanding hotel. The building has a magical quality, especially when it's lit up at night. Even the "superior" room (the lowest of the range) is well furnished, and - unusually for China - has a comfortable bed that is not too hard. Free local bottled water, as well as fruit and a chocolate bar, are provided. (But avoid drinking the French bottled water, for which an exorbitant charge will be made. And also avoid the tap water, which is not drinkable.) Rooms are in fact in an annex at the back which is a later addition. The toilet is amazing. A "control panel" next to it effectively turns it into a bidet. Some sockets take European style plugs.
There is a combined TV/computer terminal, with free internet access - although being China, social media sites are banned, and in our experience .com sites loaded so slowly as to be almost unusable. (Use google.co uk as your search engine. This loads almost instantaneously. google.com is redirected to the censored Hong Kong site.) The only English channels are CNN and BBC World News.
One amusing touch is the attempt at translating the fire regulations into English. The last line requires you to "point profess your excellency seat". There is also a strange instruction on the toilet lid, "do not weigh", which I can only guess is supposed to mean "no way"!
The original building is used for breakfast (which is typical, with a mix of western and Chinese dishes), and also appears to have various function rooms.
It's in a convenient location, next to the "blue" elevated road of James Bond fame (although not so close that the noise is intrusive), and Nanjing West Road and Shaanxi South Road metro stations are both within a 10 minute walk.
At the front there is a nice, atmospheric garden, with goldfish swimming in the artificial streams.
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