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“great location” 3 of 5 stars
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East China Hotel Shanghai
No.111 Tianmu West Road, Zhabei District, Shanghai 200070, China (Shanghai Railway Station)   |  
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Ranked #1,015 of 3,950 Hotels in Shanghai
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2009

This hotel is very close to the main Shanghai Railway Station. It is a great budget hotel with good amenities. I did have a small problem obtaining my railway ticket that was delivered to the hotel by China Tripadvisor. It took three days of being persistent to be given my ticket.
I travelled from HK to Shanghai on the overnight train then from Shanghai to Beijing. The Beijing train left from the same railway station. So the hotel is in a great location and a cheap taxi ride to the city centre.
Sue - Pirron Yallock

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2007

I usually stay at the Zhong Ya over the road from the East China; however, given that the Zhong Ya has become rather noisy throughout the night on account of the construction of a supermarket nearby, I decided to try the East China for a change.

It's near Shanghai Railway Station. Its standard rooms are slightly more expensive than those of the Zhong Ya.

I arrived at my Standard Room floor. The corridors smelled, the carpets were torn and tatty. I entered my room where my nose was assailed with some violence by the acrid smell of stale cigarette smoke. I knew I could not tolerate one whole night of this so I turned on my heels and down I went to Reception and asked for another room. I explained the cirgarette smell problem.

Well! All Standard Rooms, they explained, are smoking rooms and if I wanted a non-smoking room, I would have to book into a Deluxe room at about 150 RMB per night more expensive than the 320 RMB Standard Rooms. Surely the hotel could not have allowed 100% of its standard rooms to be polluted with cigarette smoke, I complained. Surely, they keep one Standard Floor for non-smokers.

No, the receptionist said, sourly, all Standard Rooms were smoking rooms and all would have the same smell - and, I take it, the same torn, tatty carpets.

There was nothing for it, I said, but to check out and go to the Zhong Ya over the road where, despite the noise, at least smoke-free rooms are available. I moved to the check-out desk - but there came the cry, "OK, we'll change the room" and I was booked into a quite nice Deluxe room at the Standard Room price.

I won't stay there again. 320 RMB should buy quite a decent Standard Room in a 3-star hotel in Shanghai.

My advice to travellers is to avoid the East China hotel unless you're willing to pay a price well above what is reasonable for a 3-star hotel to get a smoke-free room. If you want to pay 450 - 500 per night for a room, you can do much better than the East China. If you've got this sort of money, head into the city to the Nanjing Road area.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2007

This hotel is very NOISY. There are 16 lanes of traffic outside and the traffic is thick 24 hours a day. Just around the corner is a huge
railway station where 2 million commuters travel each day. Although an old hotel, it has been partly refurbished but the lifts are slow & small, bedrooms are small and the furnishings look old. Staff are friendly and the breakfasts were great.

It's close to a major shopping district so there's plenty of good shopping close by. The hotel is adequate but not really condusive to a good night's sleep. It's certainly not luxurious as well, although it's clean and functional.

If you want a higher standard of accommodation stay elsewhere, as Chinese 3 star isn't equivalent to western 3 star.

  • Liked — Breakfasts
  • Disliked — Noise and old facilities
  • Stayed August 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about East China Hotel Shanghai

Address: No.111 Tianmu West Road, Zhabei District, Shanghai 200070, China
Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > Shanghai Railway Station
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1,015 of 3,950 Hotels in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 320
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