We stayed in an Executive Apartment for eight nights with my wife and daughter of 2 years, and we really enjoyed it. We had requested an apartment high in the building and were assigned an apartment on 24th floor (out of 28th floors) – from here we had a magnificent view of the Shanghai skyline at night.
The hotel is located half a block north of Jingling Dong Lu, two blocks east from the concert hall and the southern part of the Peoples Square park areas. We found the location is ideal for Shanghai, in the center of all the major sights. If you as us like to walk when sightseeing you will be able to walk to most sights. Main sights and areas such as The Bund, Xintiandi, Huaihai Road (shopping), Nanjing Dong Lu (main walking street), Peoples Square, Shanghai Museum, The Old City and Yu Garden are all reachable within maximum 20 minutes walking. If going further out, Dashije Metro station is 5 minutes away connecting to the major lines.
Just off the hotel area, around Jingling Dong Lu you will find plenty of (good) Chinese restaurants, as well as McDonalds and Subway if you are more to western foods. As in most of Shanghai it can be a problem to order or read the menu if you (as us) do not read or talk Chinese. There are though several restaurants with pictures in the menus, some also with English dish names. Tip: Just 1,5 blocks west on Jingling Dong Lu you will find the Canton Fare restaurant preparing nice Malaysian/Cantonese dishes, having a menu with both English texts and pictures. They also offer take-away.
Just outside the hotel you find several super markets.
The hotel it is nice and clean, and the staff is helpful and speaks sufficient English. Our room was bit, with a living room with dining area, office, a small kitchen, bedroom and bath with bathtub. The apartment had a nice style, and was well maintained. All rooms (besides bathroom and kitchen) were equipped with A/C which is nice in Mach allowing heating the apartment. The Cable TV offered HBO, a local movie channel, ESPN and CNN in English and TV5 Mondi in French.
The bed was fine, maybe a bit hard for my taste. We had no problems with noise, either from the city nor from the other apartments. It was nice and quiet.
In the room only a cabled (paid) internet connection was available in the office. To use WIFI you had to go to the lobby, here though the connection was free. The connection was stable and had a sufficient speed.
We used the pool area a few times, which was really nice. The whole area as well as the pool is heated to a nice comfortably temperature (we stayed here in the winter). There is sauna, steam bath, and Jacuzzi but all of this is located in separate sections for men and women, only the pool is unisex.
We rented western style kitchen ware (a onetime fee of 10 RMB per set), which was nice. However the dish washing done by the cleaning staff of the dirty dishes was very sloppy, and we often found plates, knifes etc. still dirty after the maid had “washed” them – that was simply not in line with the standard you would expect.
All in all we had a very nice stay here, and would definitely stay here again and recommend the hotel. What we was missing to give the full 5 stars is a few more cable channels, wifi in the room and a notch up on the kitchen cleaning by the staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautifully combines the elegance of hotel living with the comforts of home. this apartment-style Shanghai hotel offers a refreshing respite from the flurry of activities in the area. ... more less
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