To find the hotel which is next to the Suzhou Creek:
After my group tour of China, I stayed 2 extra nights in Shanghai and decided to go to a cheaper hotel as the one with the tour was expensive and faraway. I booked Lakeside Holiday Inn via Hotel Club so thought it should be reliable. So I checked out Rendezvous and asked concierge to get me taxi to this hotel. It took the concierge manager and taxi driver well over 15min yelling loudly in Shanghaiese & Mandarin, neither of them know of this hotel or the street name!! My google map printout and address written in both English and Chinese were useless. He even tried calling the hotel but the line was dead! I was so worried that I had booked a dodgy hotel that really does not exist!! in the end he told the taxi to move and went to the next taxi in the queue and thankfully this driver know the address! phew!
he took me to the Bund Riverside Hotel which the guy at the entrance then told the taxi driver to turn the corner and in 2 min finally my hotel is there! yay! so if your taxi driver doesn't know this Lakeside Holiday Inn Hotel, also try telling him to get you to the Bund Riverside.
Lobby/ Check in -
clean lobby, greeted by very friendly and efficient receptionist. She was very keen to learn English and wanted to chat for ages. She even wanted to come shopping with me so she can practice her English! Unfortunately her shift finish in the evening and i wanted to go as soon as i drop my bags.
my room was located at top floor (5th floor) with a lift its ok but beware sometimes the lift doesn't work. also there are few steps after lift to get to room. i don't know why the corridor is not flat. so if you can't carry your luggage maybe ask for lower level room. Room key is a swipe card which doesn't work half the time and walking 5 flights of stairs down to complain and then back up can be a pain!!
my room was very clean and large for one person. has 2 beds. TV. bottle of water. space to hang clothes. bathroom has shower no bath, clean modern glass panel. room has wooden floor no carpet which i like. room has big window overlook some other buildings. its airy and bright natural light. i was happy. you can pay extra for "river view" but i don't need it. You can see the river view in the lift corridor. or go downstairs outside the hotel cross the road.
Breakfast - i did not eat there. there is plenty of food outside so i didn't eat at hotel.
The location of this hotel is really excellent. It is 5-10min walk to the famous pedestrian only shopping mall of Nanjing Road. From there you can catch metro/subway/underground, or, walk another 5-10min you are at the famous BUND. or, walk the opposite direction instead, again just 5-10 min you are at the Peoples Square where Shanghai Planning Centre and Shanghai Museum is. SOOOOOO convenient. Lots of shopping, sightseeing and food everywhere. I never needed the taxi again. and didn't really need to use the underground either.
Summary - this is a CHEAP bargain find for me. I paid AUD 28 for a night with my own room with my own shower/toilet. a multi share backpacker place would have cost same or more. I was very happy for what i got at this rate. I also stayed at the luxury Rendevouz. So i know. what you get is what you pay for, this hotel is very reasonable.
- Also Known As:
- Lakeside Holiday Hotel Shanghai
- Lakeside Holiday Hotel
- Holiday Inn Shanghai
- Shanghai Holiday Inn
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shanghai Lakeside Holiday Inn is a modern business hotel, newly opened in March 2006. The hotel is located beside the South Bank of Suzhou River, within 5 minutes' walking distance to the famous Bund, and the nearest subway station line2 is also within five minutes' walking. It is a quiet place in the down center. Staying in this hotel, you can enjoy the Suzhou River view just out of your window,enjoy the easy reach to most attractions around the city. It owns a lot of 70 kinds of rooms, including 22 lake viewer rooms and 5 Luxurious suites and all equipped with computer, broadband internet access, Domestic call and satellite television. The restaurant on the lobby level provide simple breakfast. ... more less
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