Le Royal Meridian Hotel
I had planned three months ahead and have sorted out the details long before the travel date in late September 2013. The concierge was helpful in replying my emails, even before I made a confirmed reservation. I, must say that the replies usually come within a matter of hours and in acceptable English. Of particular mention were my queries on the exact travel route from Pudong Airport to the hotel. As I am looking for recommendation for Chinese breakfast, they gave me, the options of both in – house and also in the vicinity of the hotel. Finally, they englighten me on the day trip to Suzhou and Hangzhou, with prices of train reservation and possible itinerary.
In making my reservation, they don’t take credit card number through the Internet, but choose to call you direct to obtain the details. I, guess, it is just a matter of security consciousness on their part.
The Path to the hotel.
Well, the suggested track was to take the Maglev for all its worth and then Line 2 to People’s Square, walk through the tunnel, into the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Walkway. Then, it is a right turn into Guizhou Road and the hotel entrance is in sight. I, must say it is easy to follow and the shortest possible time.
The Check – in
The lobby is on the 11th floor and there were ample hotel staff from the concierge that wants to carry your bag and direct you to the check in counter. The check – in administration was fast and you can use the credit card to pay the deposit. Finally, the check in staff personally directs you to the elevator, which was a nice gesture.
I, also note that they are two glass cycliners of light refreshment, one is Grapefruit and the other is Orange. Do note that the Grapefuit by nature is slightly bitter, which I like as the Orange is just too diluted. There is also a presence of moist sealed paper towel, which is a welcome amenity to wipe and refresh the face. I would have prederred a hot towel, like those on the aircraft or in my last hotel in Beijing.
I was also given a free room upgrade.
Personally, I did not dictate a specific view, but my room faces the People’s Square, which had greenery that suits me. The second possible view is towards the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Walkway. I believe, there is a third view. Overall, I like my given view.
Mine was a single king size bed. Very soft and the sheet was clean. When I slept on the bed, I don’t feel that it is that good, simply because, whenever my partner turns, I could feel it. Then, I, felt that the bed shaped, like a bell, meaning, it slopes towards the side, although, there is only a small risk of falling over.
On the headboard, is a contraption, which is a reading light, much like those on the aircraft, and hopefully, you notice it and know, how to use them. I had to ask about it, simple because, there is a switch, but on switching it, I could not find, its application. This reading light is available on both sides of the bed.
There is a pillow each for sleeping and a large pillow for supporting the backs, when viewing the TV. It seems to be a standard stuff in Shanghai, but elsewhere it is usually, another pillow.
Side Table and Lamp
They are one on each side of the bed. But only the right side, there is a glass and a bottle of water. Not sure, why they do that or that only people that sleep on the right side will drink water.
There is an oval table that faces the floor to ceiling windows. A bit cluttered with a electrical charging station. I am pleased that the have two electrical interface, which means that people like me, which is from Singapore, would not need an adapter. The other electrical interface is the generic one used in China.
Of special interest, is a mobile phone that is plug to the electrical outlet and charging. You can check its details in the photograph. Basically, for a fee of 60 Yuan, you can have unlimited local calls and tourist information. What, a good innovation.
There is also a reading light on the table. I, also appreciate, a card that identifies the tourist landmark as viewed from the room. Then, there was a card for donation to Unicef
Do note a step up to the windows, so as not to trip yourself
A 46 inch Samsung TV that is up to date and a working remote control. It has in excess of 40 channels that includes BBC, CNN, Discovery, Regional Chinese Channels and also those around the world. Some even have Russian subtitles. Channel News Asia is available for Singaporen people like me.
It is a two seater cotton covered and brown in color. It is 90 degrees to the TV and so, it is too near for comfortable viewing. It comes with two back cushion. Overall, the sofa is comfortable, but a bit small in size and is best used for sitting down interaction.
The Office Chair
You have this swivel chair that you can roll and twist around. Quite basic and generic, but with the carpet flooring, moving around is a bit of a challenge.
The Basin Area
It is external and comes with a large mirror. Lighting is in the form of two hanging lamps and ceiling spot light. The funny part is the gap at the back of the countertop, so don’t cross the line or else, it will drop to the floor. Some cultural style, I presume. Then, there is this three bottle of water. On some days, it can be four. Maybe, the look at the weather. A tissue box is on the left side of the basin area.
This is 90 degrees the basin. Your basic stuff or cotton buds, toothbrushes, moisturizer and cotton swab. Nothing upmarket, run of the mill stuff.
A generic flush toilet. For a hotel of this reputation, they should have equip it with washlet and seat warmer for a better experience.
There is a bathtub and a side shower rose. The problem with the shower rose is that the space is small and at a diagonal position. It is probably a lack of space as I cannot see, how it can be rearranged.
To prevent water from seeping to the toilet or the room, they have a marble barrier. Unfortunately, the sealing is not too good and wate did seep into the toilet and with the brown stain, it indicate that something ferrous is used and it is rusting.
There are two small ones. One had a contraption that levers the clothes, higher, so that it fits stuff, like gowns or similar attire. Very mindful.
The Hotel in general
Manned by a bunch of people, whose English is sufficient to interact with the guest. Very polite and helpful in general. My best memories is with a concerige staff named Roger Lu, who was kind enough, even to walk me to the Pedestrian Mall and also that his local knowledge is good. Anyway, he is a Shanghai native and maybe that helps. Another good concerige staff is Leon Huang.
It puzzled me for a while that, I must always get to the “Lobby Level” and then, change an elevator to the upper floor. I, was later told that the elevator that is beside the tailor goes, all the way up, without a change at the “Lobby Level “. On the other hand, I had never managed to reach the ground floor directly from my room. I will leave it to the next person to find out.
The Side Entrance
I discovered that the side entrance that is beside the tailor is a short cut to the Metro Station. This is useful as the other two exits is over a carpart entrance, each. The reverse applies.
The Danger Door
As mentioned, the elevators at the side of the tailor, goes all the way to the upper floor. There are a few unmarked doors on this alley and one evening, the door swung open and almost hit me. I young lady, presumably a staff was exiting the door. So, be careful and stay clear of suddently opening doors. I, also note that this part of the hotel is not well maintained. It looks gloomy and old and the marble tiles on the walls, has some cracks.
There are two on the ground floor.
A couple of them on the ground floor, which includes the tailor.
The Free Coffee for Two
Some where in the room with the phamplets, a coupon says that coffee for two at the lobby is free. I took the cappuccino, which comes with a chocolate cookie. They are real good. Unfortunately the freebie is given per stay. So, if you stay a day and another person stay for a month, both will still entitle for one such coupon. To me, it was not too logical, unless you argue that the freebie is for an introductory tasting, otherwise, such coupon should be available for every day of the stay. Alternatively, if you are staying more than a day, maybe make it, every day is a different reservation. Just thinking aloud.
A fine hotel. The location could not be any better and the staff speaks English and were courteous and helpful. The room is good.
Would I recommend a friend to stay at Le Royal Meridian Hotel – Yes
Would I stay there, myself – Yes
Is it value for money – Yes
Is it suitable for family as well as couples or single – Yes.
- Also Known As:
- Le Royal Meridien Shanghai Hotel
- Le Royal Meridien Shanghai Hotel Shanghai
- Meridien Shanghai
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