I was billeted at this hotel by conference organizers to attend a business meeting in Shanghai. My obersavtions during my three-day stay here are as follows:
1) It is a very basic hotel, two stars or even less, that appears to cater to locals. The room I was given has obviously aged, with splotches on the carpet and upholstery and stains in the tiles and toilet. Water in the shower takes about three minutes to become hot. Wall partitions are of wood, and activities on the other side of the room can be heard if one listnes carefully.
2) Hotel staff are not conversant in English, and it took a lot of patience on my part (as perhaps also on the part of the staff) to get a message across. I had only two encounters with them: once during check-in and once during check-out.
3) The hotel is also located at a not-so-busy side of Pudong where very few foreigners come by although taxis appear to be famliar with it (inferred from the reaction of my txi driver upon arrival when I showed him the name of the hotel). Of note, though, is that it is about 300 meters away from the Pudong Avenue station of Metro Line 4. This was very convenient for me as my meetings were in the Luijazui area (accessible by transferring to Line 2, all about 3 stops).
During my three-day stay, I just had to content myself with the fact that I would just be staying at the hotel to wash and sleep and that most of my waking times would be spent attending to business or doing some sight-seeing. It helped that I came in to Shanghai during autumn with balmy weather fit, to my mind, for some walking tours.
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