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Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No.159 Henan South Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200010, China (Yu Garden)   |  
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“Convenient location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2010

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.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2010

This 5* hotel from Marriot Gp did not disappoint me on my recent work trip to SHA, it was located in the Puxi area of Shanghai, near the Bund, overlooking Pudong... it takes approx 1 hr by cab from Pudong Int'l Airport and around RMB$200. The nearest metro station is Yuyuan Station.

I stayed in an executive Club Room, it comes with free internet (but not very good connecting to office VPN) and free access to the Club Lounge on the 17th floor. Room was spacious and very clean. The Lounge was relaxing and a good place to wind down after work or with clients.

In the night, I hit the hotel gym which i found quite fanastic, the treadmills had individual TV screens with headphones to occupy yourself while running. Heated swimming pool was next door as well.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2010

We were upgraded to a fine room [with a standalone bath in bedroom!] overlooking the Bund to Pudong, which gave us use of the business lounge [which had free WiFi]. Meeting rooms available for booking here as part of their services, which seemed like a very good option.

Aside from that, gracious staff who were very accommodating during our visit. Most staff had passable English, others were helpful but sometimes difficult to convey/understand. Recommend to ask the concierge staff to write down in Chinese exactly where you are going in advance, which will help when taking a taxi (or need to ask someone directions).

The Yuan Garden Metro stop [line 10] is directly across the street from the hotel [currently limited service hours as it is new]. Also, close to People's Park, the Bund, and the ‘Flower, bird, fish and insect market’....as well as the antique stalls/vendors set up on Dongtai Road if seeking something old (or just looks that way...).

Visit the glass enclosed pool which you can see through outside to the city. Nice break in the afternoon or early evening.

Would return for a future visit, as the hotel provided a good base to explore Shanghai.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010

Hotel a two minute walk from Yuyuan garden which was lovely to walk around and Yuyuan itself is fascinating. Easy walk to the riverside - I walked there by myself every night and felt quite safe. Rooms are lovely and comfortable - loved the glass bathroom (it does have a blind for privacy). If you arrive at the airport and get a taxi make sure you have the hotel name translated into Chinese. Better still, take the Maglev and then change to Line 2 on the metro system, go to Peoples Sq and change for Yuyuan (only open during the day) - the metro is easy. Concierge service was ok - the lads didn't speak good English. Hotel had expensive facilities. There is a mini mart about 200m on the opposite side of the road from the hotel towards Nanjing Road - a beer from the hotel minibar cost £3.50, the same beer in the minimart is 50p. Traffic is heavy in Shanghai and although taxis from the hotel are cheap the metro is quicker but remember Yuyuan station is only open during the day just now.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2010

We are currently staying at this hotel...I could not be happier with it. I would definitely recommend it. The rooms are very comfortable and so are the beds. I am a mother traveling with my adult daughter and the area feels very safe walking even at night. It is very close to the Bund and Nanjing Pedestrian shopping area. I would recommend either a taxi or from the PVG airport we took the Malgev train and then taxi from the train station.

  • Stayed May 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2010

I enjoyed this hotel much more than the JW Marriott Shanghai. It was easy to get to, easy to walk to everything, and staff eager to please. The bed was thee most comfortable I have ever had in China. Only wish I could have stayed longer. Really a great value for the money and much more reasonably priced than JW Marriott. (Try the White Pizza on the room service menu - super fresh ingredients-fantastico)! Pool was fantastic also!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2010

Excellent hotel which helped to make our stay in what turned out to be a very rainy stay in Shanghai memorable. Service by all staff was excellent, very friendly and helpful at all times. Located within walking distance of the Bund and near the Yu Gardens and market - its location may not appeal to some travellers, but it suited us just fine.

ROOMS - We upgraded to the Executive Club rooms when we arrived. We had two rooms, one with two doubles which was very spacious and a King bedded room which was smaller but still very spacious. One room had a view of the Bund, the other did not which was a pity, but as we had upgraded we had use of the Executive Club which had an excellent view, even on rainy days! The upgrade was worth every extra penny, it provided us with a good communal point and the perks were excellent:

inclusive breakfast which was constantly stocked up
non-alcholic drinks available from 06.00 to 24.00
complimentary pre-dinner buffet and drinks between 17.30 and 19.30
complimentary desserts and drinks between 19.30 and 22.30
free Internet use which my children found useful to catch up with their friends

The staff in the Executive Club were all helpful especially Leila who went out of her way to make our stay very special.

The Food - we ate once in the hotel restaureant and the food was good but a little expensive for what we ate - we decided to go for the buffet but not being big eaters it probably was not worthwhile (£100 for four). One night we ate in our rooms and the food was very good, enough for us and reasonable. The service both times was good.

We also made use of the swimming pool which has an excellent view - even if you do not wish to swim it is worth going up to.

Overall a very good stay and we would certainly stay here again. The General Manager also made himself known to guests which is always a good sign.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.159 Henan South Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200010, China
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Location: China > Shanghai > Yu Garden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Romantic Hotel in Shanghai
#19 Family Hotel in Shanghai
#29 Luxury Hotel in Shanghai
#40 Business Hotel in Shanghai
#266 Best Value Hotel in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel 4.5*
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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