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The Eton Hotel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No.535 Pudong Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200120, China (Lujiazui)   |  
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Ranked #83 of 3,934 Hotels in Shanghai
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“Comfy, classy, quiet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2009

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.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2009

Stayed here in July 2009 for 3 nights on a business trip. The room is spacious and clean. The bathroom is beautiful with great view. Excellent service.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2009

I loved this hotel. Very modern with a great room and fantastic views of the Mao tower or the river , depending on your room location. I stayed 3 times in 2 weeks, so I say 3 different rooms. All were to a very high standard. The subway is just across the road and taxis are cheap so the location should not be a problem for tourists. Breakfast was also very good, with a good choice of "european" food.

Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2009

We arrived very late but service was excellent. Although we did not plan to have breakfast, we decided to try it. It was amazing! Something for all tastes. We had a standard room but there was nothing else to wish for. A wonderful wetroom! View onto the river.
On the other side is the Metro and also busconnections into all areas. Wonderful! But even taking a taxi doesn't cost the world. A great hotel that is a real bargin for the price!
We used the swimming pool and the sauna and enjoyed it immensly.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2009

I stayed here for 8 days when I was visiting family - Hotel is very nice but a little bit out of the way. Saying that the underground is directly across the road from here and it is by far the best way to get round the city. The underground is very modern with a train every few minutes- most we had to wait was a maximum of 5 minutes. If you do not want to use the Underground you can use taxi's which are also very cheap. A run into the city centre was only about 1200RMB ( about £1.20)
Hotel itself is very nice with a lovely swimming pool and Gym / steam rooms. there is a choice of 3 restuarants - we visited the Cantonese one in the restuarant and were not really impressed with the food but it was probably because it was different than what we are used to in a Cantonese restuarant at home.
The staff in the hotel were very good - room service etc was quick and affordable- Rooms are nice with a glass partition between the bathroom and the bedroom so if you want you can lie in the bath and watch the Tv (Movie channels & news channels in English )
I would certainly go back here but it is a little bit quiet just outside the hotel but 5 mins in a taxi and you are in the financial district where there is plent life.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2009

Lovely hotel with fabulous rooms .
Lobby bar a bit lacking in atmosphere.
Good breakfast
Lovely swimming pool.
Long way from any attractions but near the metro

  • Stayed September 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2009

The reason the Eton gets rated so highly is because its an excellent 5-star hotel at a 3-star price. Many of the reviewers are unaccustomed to it and are bowled over by the experience. And the experience is good.
The problem is the location. If you need to be there then that's OK, but otherwise it's a long way from the centre. Wanting some beer and snacks I asked directions and headed off: after 5 mins I had passed empty offices, empty plots, two very seedy brothels and a run down looking noodle place, before finding the "supermarket" stocked with out of date strange brands and very dimly lit - like something from Moscow circa 1991. All very un-Shanghai. Yes the underground is opposite the door, but those trains only travel every 20 mins most of the time, and you will always have to change at the next stop. Going out to a bar? - that'll be 15mins in a taxi. The whole area is being rebuilt - streets being torn up and many building sites - but even when they've finished the Eton will be in a poor location.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.535 Pudong Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200120, China
Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > Lujiazui
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#38 Spa Hotel in Shanghai
#71 Business Hotel in Shanghai
#73 Luxury Hotel in Shanghai
#269 Best Value Hotel in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Eton Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 460
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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