This was simply a cozy, very upscale and modern hotel that felt like a notch or two better than what I paid for -- luxury for the price of a mid-range hotel. I sensed that it was offering discounted rates because it’s located in a nondescript area in Pudong, across the river from Puxi, where the city's attractions and nightlife are. But the hotel is across the street from the Pudong Avenue metro station; one connection and 15 minutes later, you're in Puxi and can roam People's Square or Nanjing Road. I'm writing this review 10 months after my stay, so I don't know what the rates are like now, but if you feel that the rates are reasonable and cheaper than what you'd get at a high-end hotel elsewhere, and you don't mind a bit of extra commuting, this is a terrific place to stay, and very quiet.
The bed was super-comfy, huge bathroom, in-room safe, large windows, lavish interior, fitness centre with good equipment, excellent heating, etc. On the downside, you see the grubbier side of Shanghai, and the internet from the LAN was a bit pricey, but I sensed that Chinese law didn't allow free wireless anywhere. When I lived there in 2007, free wireless was everywhere, but by 2009 it had vanished from all the cafes, so given how much the net is controlled in China, I felt somewhat lucky to get it at all. The desk staff were very businesslike -- not all that warm, but all spoke fluent English and dealt with me professionally.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An oasis of refined luxury and contemporary style in the heart of the bustling metropolis, five-star The Eton Hotel Shanghai is ideally located in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone of Shanghai's Pudong district. Rises 40 storeys above the Huangpu River, The Eton Hotel Shanghai had its grand opening on March 1, 2007.460 rooms that offer spectacular city views of Shanghai and the Bund from different perspectives are exquisitely appointed with original artwork and impeccable design. The unique & spacious atrium between every other floor adds an extra dimension to hotel’s peaceful and comfortable environment.With superb service, attentive personnel and outstanding facilities which include four excellent international restaurants, one lounge and one bar, thirteen function rooms for meetings and events, health club with a spa and a full-length indoor swimming pool - The Eton Hotel Shanghai sets the benchmark in exclusive staying experience for the discerning travelers. ... more less
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- Eton Hotel Shanghai