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“What a Pit or Dungeon (on the 5th floor)” 1 of 5 stars
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Shanghai Railway Hotel
No.160 Guizhou Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 020001, China (People's Square)   |  
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Ranked #1,526 of 3,976 Hotels in Shanghai
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“What a Pit or Dungeon (on the 5th floor)”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

I got off the train in Shanghai without a hotel reservation, but was planning to pop into a cafe to check the internet for a hotel when a nice old lady offered to find me a room.

Well, I ended up with this hotel.

The walls look like they are covered with grime, footprints, and dried fluids of unknown origin. The carpet smells like carpet shampoo or Chinese white liquor. I have yet to shower.

When I called to ask for another room, I was told they are all like that.

Impossible to get a refund, because I paid the "nice" old lady at the train station rather than the hotel itself.

2 lessons learned; never return to this hotel and don't use hotels offered at the train station.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2009

1. Convenient. Few walking distance to Nanjing Rd Pedestrian Street, shopping galore right at your doorstep! There's a 24hrs Convenient store on the ground level of the hotel.

2. Good cheap food nearby the hotel area. For Muslims, there's even a Chinese Muslim restaurant (halal) that serves great beef noodle (10 yuan) & other noodle & rice dishes just opposite the main entrance of the hotel.

3. Most of the front service staff speak english. They even help you write the chinese character from english translation (for easy navigation because most Shanghainese don't understand english). They're also helpful & friendly. Even the chambermaid, bellboy & other staff are friendly helpful people.

4. Rooms are clean though a little bit dusty. Beddings & towels are changed everyday. Toilet is clean.

1. The street (alley) going to the hotel is not that pleasant. (But it's just a few walks before you find "heaven" at Nanjing Rd Pedestrian Street)

2. The hotel uses central air-conditioning, so I could smell cigarette smoke from other rooms when the other guests smoke. (just open the window to clear off the smoky air in the room)

3. No refrigerator & no service of loaning the iron & ironing board. (bring in your own mini iron & drinks & sodas are cheap) - They have laundry service though.

4. Beds are hard - but it's all the same around China. (actually it's good for your back)

As a whole the hotel is great value for money. Would definitely use the hotel again!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.160 Guizhou Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 020001, China
Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > People's Square
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Ranked #1,526 of 3,976 Hotels in Shanghai
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Number of rooms: 100
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