We stayed here for 5 nights. Room was spacious enough with modern decor. Check in is on the "L" (4th) floor. Staff were friendly & helpful. The indoor pool & jacuzzi is great for a soak as you enjoy the sweeping views of the Huangpu River, Yu Garden & surrounds.
Love being in the Yuyuan area as there's lots to see & the fact that the Yuyuan Station is just outside the hotel. Makes it convenient to get to anywhere. Current operating hours are from 6am-8pm. If you are coming in by train from the airport, there is an elevator up to street level. If you need to pick up some daily necessities, there's a Tesco Express, Marks & Spencer & Manning (pharmacy) in a new mall called Yu Fashion Garden located in the Yu Garden area behind the hotel.
There's a wholesale centre in the building next to the hotel on Fuyou Street that sells hair accessories, some Chinese souvenirs, novelty items, mobile phone accessories, Chinese lanterns/hangings, etc. They are a lot cheaper than the shops in the actual Yu Garden area. As it's wholesale rather than retail, the store keepers don't hassle you at all & leave you alone to wander. They are happy to sell you one item but you need to bargain.
For a real taste of how the Shanghai people live, I suggest wandering in the tiny alleys of the area behind the Yu Garden. According to a taxi driver, after the Expo, a lot of these old houses will be bulldozed for redevelopment. Take a peek into the open doors. You will see how they manage to live in tiny spaces & where the structures are so old & crumbling, you wonder if they would collapse any moment. Also check out the night market in the middle street of Shanghai Old Street (Shanghai Lao Jie) - not to be confused with Yuyuan Lao Jie which is in Yuyuan itself & very touristy. You'll see stall holders cooking all sorts of fascinating food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located downtown near the famous Yu Garden and Old Town, the new Renaissance Shanghai Yuyuan Hotel is just minutes away from the Bund, Xintiandi and other tourist attractions. Whether staying for business or leisure, you'll be right at home at the Renaissance Shanghai Yuyuan Hotel. Our accommodations feature contemporary guest rooms and suites with luxurious bedding, high-speed Internet, safe, mini-bar and refrigerator. Top-notch facilities include a business centre, four event rooms and banquet halls, and a 17th-floor Club Lounge with expansive views of the city skyline. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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