I recently concluded a 6-night stay at the New Century Hotel (Best Western), where myself and approximately 8 other people had a group booking as part of a study abroad course. The hotel is rated 4 star, but the accommodations I had in a private room at a hostel just the night before checking in here were far superior. I think that speaks volumes alone, but I'll add a few more highlights.
First of all, I shared a room with my husband, and our booking included breakfast... but apparently it was just for one person. For the price they were charging, I ended up eating McDonald's for breakfast, while my husband had the buffet. Another major complaint is that there is no WiFi (paid or otherwise) in the rooms, and the WiFi in the lobby is temperamental at best. Our booking was supposed to include 50% off of the wired internet in the room, but I had to fight to get this up until checking out. Other nitpicks about the hotel are that the beds were very uncomfortable and we ran out of toilet paper twice since they do not leave a spare (and do not change the rolls), the carpets and windows were flithy, the room was hot, and the room smelled.
On another note, one of my classmates had $500 USD taken from his room. The hotel used video cameras located outside his room to narrow it down to two staff members that entered the room, but both of them denied it. The only way to proceed was by filing a police report, but we have since left the hotel and I do not belive the matter was resolved.
The only real benefit to this hotel was its location nearby to the subway. Given the choice if staying in Shanghai again, I would choose a different hotel.
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