We spent two nights at the Anting Villa Hotel, Shanghai at the start of our two week sightseeing trip with Wendy Wu Tours. As first time visitors to mainland China, arriving in Shanghai was a bit of an eye opener - despite having read about it and seen images of the futuristic cityscape with its glass skyscrapers, monorails and motorways, we were completely blown away by the sheer scale and contemporary feel of the place. So we were surprised when we arrived at the Anting Villa Hotel, looking quaint and colonial, standing elegantly in its own gardens amongst the surrounding hustle and bustle of Shanghai.
As access to the hotel is via a side street there was no disturbance from traffic and it was just a couple of minutes walk to the local bars, restaurants and convenience stores - as we enjoy a bit of the local nightlife we found it to be ideal. Service within the hotel was efficient and helpful even though very little English is spoken by anyone with the exception of front line staff.
Our room was fairly large with all the usual mod-cons including fridge, safe, internet access, tea/coffee and TV (only CNN in English). There is a large balcony to the room although access to it was locked - it looked as though it was shared with the neighbouring room. The bathroom was modern and very clean.
Breakfast was a selection of Chinese dishes and one or two more familiar western style foods such as scrambled eggs or fresh fruit. Seating was arranged around several large circular tables so it was always necessary to just find a couple of seats amongst the other guests, a lot of whom were also on a tour as well, so it wasn't too bad.
The Anting Villa Hotel turned out to be a good base for our stay in Shanghai but as our daytime excursions were already organised as part of our tour, we couldn't really comment on its location for access to public transport.
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- Featuring a commanding facade and lush green lawns, Anting Villa Hotel in Shanghai, China, blends perfectly with Hengshan Road's magnificent buildings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- An Ting Hotel Shanghai