Thank you to the previous reviewer for putting us on to this small chinese business hotel on Nanjing Road. We booked this hotel for four nights through expedia.com. We picked the cheapest room at the time which was a twin. It cost us $US 47 per night although you may be able to negotiate a cheaper rate if you showed up at the desk and asked. It is situated at 680 Nanjing Road in an older buliding with a clock tower. Actual hotel is on the second floor. Access is through an arcade/mall selling mens clothing, about half way down the building on the Nanjing street side. there is a large sign posted on the street, but you may get somewhat distracted by many people shouting "dvd,shoes,t shirts! You want buy" as you maneuver your luggage up the street. When you finally find the arcarde/mall, walk in and catch the elevator on right to second floor hotel reception.
Check in took about 15 minutes and desk staff spoke sufficent english to transact the deal. Stayed in room 410. It faced onto the street with great views of the action. There is a constant faint background street noise coming into the room from about 7.00am to 11.00pm and also ocassional bursts of music from the street during the day. It is kind of exciting to be in the middle of it all. After 11.00pm the sound dies away and because the street is for pedestrians only, you get a peaceful nights sleep.
Rooms are modern and compact. Bathroom is small but perfectly acceptable. Loads of hot water and no plumbing/drainage problems. Rooms are warm and beds are hard but we slept very well with nice duvet/comforter provided. TV in room with no english channels. Small bar fridge and a chaise lounger squeezed in one corner. Small work desk with plug in ethernet connection at 100 MBITS. Internet usage was free and speed not too bad.
Hotel provides a train ticket/tour booking service off to the right side of the reception desk in a small room/office. The woman who handles this service speaks some english, is very helpful and amusing and will charge a very small commission to arrange train tickets in one day. She will also arrange a taxi to your next port of call if need be.
The hotels central location on Nanjing Rd puts you closer to the usual tourist sites. On foot the Bund is 10 minutes, Yuyuan Gardens 20 minutes, Museum 15 minutes. Beginning of French Concession about 30 minutes. Starbucks is across street and a choice selection of quick food choices are within five minutes.
Taxis are cheap and plentiful on Central Zhejiang street outside hotel or Xiang Rd 5 minutes west. Just make sure to get someone at reception to write down your destination on a piece of paper because taxi drivers will not speak english. Don't forget to take your hotel business card and address with you or it will be a long walk back.
I didn't give this hotel an excellent rating because of the daytime street noise which some may find annoying but we would definately stay there again, when back in Shanghai. If your interested in an alternative hotel, check out my review for The Astor House Hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Jin Jiang East Asia
- East Asia Hotel Shanghai
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the oldest and most famous hotels in Shanghai, China, Jin Jiang East Asia has been offering comfort to traveling businessmen and tourists since 1914. Located in the Nanjing East Road shopping district, it promises guests a convenient stay in this 164-room hotel in Shanghai while being close to many of the city's business and leisure centers. ... more less
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