As soon as you walk into the lobby, you're greeted by Buddha statues and a sense of Zen. I stayed six nights and only wished it were longer! The Narada Hotel is conveniently located to the Yu Yuan Metro stop (Line 10), and at the end of HuaHuai Road (major shopping street). From here you can walk or take the subway to The Bund, or to Nanjing Road (one subway stop away, or a 10-min walk). Old Street, where all the tourist shops are located,and the Fujian (or Fuxian?) Road night market, are a 5-min walk west. The hotel is on the western end of the French Concession. Just two blocks north is a street of local restaurants and snack/rice/dumpling shops. You have to eat yourself crazy while in Shanghai, the food is fantastic! And try the foot massage places near the hotel too, they're great! I stayed in a five-star hotel on Nanjing Road on a previous trip, and the remarkable differences were spaciousness and service. At the five-star, I had a multi-room suite with a real foyer. Here, I had a small, single room, but the design was very Zen and imparted a sense of calm. At the five-star, everyone behind the front desk spoke fluent English. Here, the English-speaking ability was a little limited. The clerks were more comfortable speaking Mandarin, but there was a Dutch guy who spoke many different languages and was the most helpful of all. Housekeeping was prompt and efficient every day. My room did not include breakfast, and I did not eat in the hotel at all except for the free in-room mini bar. I would highly recommend this beautiful hotel for those who want to explore the French Concession, and be away from the hustle-bustle of Nanjing Road.Thank you, Narada Hotel, for a very pleasant stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund is located in Shanghai, a 5-minute walk from Yu Garden. It features a 24-hour front desk and air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen cable TV. Free internet is provided. Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund is a 10-minute walk from the Bund and People's Square while it takes 15 minutes from Shanghai Railway station by car.Shanghai Pudong International Airport is 41 km away. Rooms at Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund comes with modern interiors and a seating area by the large window. Each is equipped with a minibar with free drinks and private bathroom with shower facilities. With a 24-hour front desk, the hotel can arrange for car rental and airport shuttle services. Laundry and ironing services are also available upon request. ... more less
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