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.
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- Also Known As:
- Days Inn Shanghai
- Shanghai Days Hotel
- Days Hotel Shanghai