Was looking for somewhere to stay in Shanghai for six months so tried out the World Union for a month. Asked for a penthouse apartment with mezzanine floors. Booked it, but when I got there, they said I would get the100 sqm aparrment not the 130 sqm apartment as advertised (very Chines).
Reception is this small messy area on the 13th floor, where the staff member turns up dreary eyed after you press the bell (very Chinese).
Now for the apartment proper....
The living room and kitchen area was okay. Bad chinese furniture (i.e. looks good in the photos, but is actually badly made). Chairs too small and too low. Side tables too low and oddly spaced out. Internet connection took ages to hook up to and there is a massive 20 metre cable you need to pull out of the fusebox type connection box and plug your PC into. Kitchen area is small with a couple of hobs and a microwave. Downstairs toilet was acceptable (why they have one is bizarre as there is a full bathroom upstairs). Views were okay but mainly looking at construction sites. Air conditioing wasn't really powerful enough to make a difference (very Chinese). Sofas were comfy though. Living room came equipped with modern Chinese TV and DVD player.
Metal / wood staircase to mezzanine floor, little wobbly and part of it had been repaired which made it a bit scary climbing.
Upstairs small bed with thin hard matress with thin duvet and two small flat pillows. Floors very creaky. TV is modern. Air conditioning again makes very little difference. Ceiling above the bed is very low indeed. You cannot stand fully in that area, even from the floor.
Upstairs bathroom is pretty awful. Little dark and dingy and musty smell about the place. Walk-in shower was cold water only. Sink was broken and was hot water only - the tap was so loose it came off. No sink plug but a wire mesh (presume to keep the creepy crawlies out), overhead shower in bath was okay but trickly.
Also, can hear people next door even though they are clearly not shouting or watching TV loudly. Could also smell the smoke wafting through the walls. Further slight design problem is that the stirs are made of the same material and the same colour as the floor, so its really easy to miss a step as I found - just be very very careful when going down the stairs, I almost twisted my ankle.
Location however is excellent - 3 minute walk to Jing An station. Loads of shops and stuff on your doorstep.
Overall, for the price, can do better elsewhere.
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