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“Fantastic find -- An underrated and underpriced base for exploring Shanghai” 4 of 5 stars
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Zhongxiang Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.1558 Zhongxing Road, Shanghai 200070, China (Shanghai Railway Station)   |  
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Ranked #250 of 3,934 Hotels in Shanghai
4.0 of 5 stars 67 Reviews
Sydney, Australia
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“Fantastic find -- An underrated and underpriced base for exploring Shanghai”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

What a pleasant surprise this hotel was. It is a professionally-managed standard four-star business hotel, with the one exception that business skills are lacking. My only complaint about the hotel -- the only reason for a "Very Good" rating instead of "Excellent" -- was that they couldn't figure out how to print a PDF from my thumb drive. Otherwise ... fantastic!

The hotel is directly opposite the North entrance to Shanghai Station, one of Shanghai's two major bullet-train stations. If you arrive by train, simply exit the North exit, cross the small open square, and you're there. The hotel is the building with the yellow Chinese lettering on the roof. If you arrive by taxi, don't be alarmed: road/taxi access if from the rear of the hotel, which looks like you're being dropped off at a second-rate office building. Don't panic. Just walk in and through the lobby to reception at the other side.

My room was comfortable and well-appointed. Internet access is free, but it's wired ethernet access. That's great for old folks like me who lug around a full laptop computer, but if you're on a wireless device the only WiFi is in the lobby. The wired internet was fast and reliable ... great service, except for the obvious problem of the Chinese internet firewall.

The desk staff speak enough English to get you checked in and deal with basic questions, directions, etc.

The best thing about this hotel, though, is its strategic location. It's nowhere you want to be, but it's connected to everywhere you want to be. Of course, Shanghai Station is right in front of you. There are also subway stations for lines 3/4 and line 1: exit the hotel, follow the line of Shanghai Station to the left without going in, and you will hit first the station for lines 3/4 and then the station for line 1. Even further along to the left if you cross the street you'll find an upscale shopping arcade with western cafes, ice cream, etc. And of course since this is a major transit hub there's plenty of Chinese food and multiple McDonalds.

If instead you follow the line of the station to the right you will find yourself at Shanghai Optical City. Whether you want 1 pair of glasses or 1000, this is the place for you. Many of the stores advertise that they speak English.

Access to the south side of Shanghai station is via the underground passage of the lines 3/4 subway station. There is no path through or under Shanghai Station. You have to have a ticket to enter Shanghai Station, and the passage under it just leads to the bus terminal, not to the south side.

All in all, I was super-impressed by this hotel until it turned out that they couldn't print a PDF. Everything else was great. Especially valuable was the fact that even the overnight staff spoke functional English. This is rare in local Chinese hotels. In short, highly recommended -- a fantastic find.

Room Tip: Free wifi in the lobby but only free wired ethernet in the rooms
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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163 reviews 163 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Its a nice place to stay. It is conveniently located in front of the Railway Station. In the night you see people dancing and having a great time. Only problem is that there is no wifi in the rooms so you have to sit in the lobby and send all your mails. The staff was helpful and spoke some English too.

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trieste, Italy
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

The hotel is conveniently located in front of the Shanghai North Railway Station. To catch some metro line you have to walk quite a lot, anyway.
The rooms are confortanble, but the staff working at the reception was often rude, almost never smiling.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Titusville, Florida
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28 hotel reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

This was a nice hotel, great staff, very good buffet breakfast, comfortable rooms, hot water only like warm. The location is suffering from construction all around, so the neighborhood is in transition. It is in walking distance of the main Shanghai train station.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

I stayed in this Hotel on a business trip to Shanghai. The hotel is nice, staff speak good English and are courteous. Rooms are very good. The sleep quality is nice. Good eateries around and the Shanghai Railway Station is next door. i found the place interesting and value for money in Shanghai. Money changing facility is at the hotel and they do not charge any commissions also. Bank of China rate prevails.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Krakow, Poland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

This hotel was built probably in the middle of 70th. Location is …. nowhere. All around is under construction. There is no even good place for taxi or car. The main entrance is on the back of the hotel and in front of the railway station north square. Metro line nr 3,4 are located approx. 200 m from the hotel but the subway entrance could be a huge challenge for many people.
Metro line nr 1 which can connect to People’s square and interchange to line 2 to Hongqiao and Pudong is quite far, about 300-400 m from the hotel.
Room: I used Superior room which was not 22 sqm, it has in fact no more than 15 sqm. Room was quite well furnished but very dirty, carpet, bed linen was not clean enough for 4 star hotel. There is ton of dust on each corner. Bed was hard as a stone, I’ve visited many Chinese hotels but this bed was the hardest ever. It is impossible to have a good rest there. Bathroom looks nice but only the first impression is so optimistic, you can easy find black mold and dirties on the top of bathtub, crack of wash basin, dirty walls- and any good impression is over…. like a soap bubble.
Breakfast- it is the disaster!!! The one and only eatable thing was egg omelet. They didn’t even serve fresh pastries. The whole breakfast buffet was designed form very strange dishes- pumpkin cakes and noodles, even Chinese people didn’t choose them. Coffee had a taste of gasoline mixed with vinegar. The carpet at the restaurant looks no cleaned since last 50 years.
It is also very hard to find clean fork and knife, little spoon you will not find at all.
Staff couldn’t speak English almost at all, you will be happy to find someone who can understand you.
Overall experience: avoid this place, there are a lot of other hotels nearby.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Shanghai, China
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

We arrived in Shanghai and went to the Hotel only to find out the manager cut the ac to save money according to his subordinate manager. Refrigerator in room does not work and the food is terrible. The GM would not speak to us and ELong the booking agent left us stuck at this property. My guests also were very upset and almost cost me a contract. The gift vendor in the lobby also told us that he is closing and this property has no business any longer. I thought the location being behind the train station would be great sadly i was wrong and then they told us to open a window for f resh air only to find that it is secured and can't be opened. Next time I go back to the Holiday Inn across the street great location, and property. Funny how it got its 4 star rating. JUst like days inn in the us Garbage.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.1558 Zhongxing Road, Shanghai 200070, China
Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > Shanghai Railway Station
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#75 Best Value Hotel in Shanghai
#167 Luxury Hotel in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Zhongxiang Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 197
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Also Known As:
Days Inn Shanghai
Shanghai Days Hotel
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