First off the name is somewhat misleading, my view was of an 8 lane highway and an electricity substation. Perhaps the park 'was visible from the other direction, or, possibly they were referring to the carpark. But the quality of the building, room, design, free (wired) internet and everything else was super - you can open the windows for a bit of ventilation (I think they are double or possibly even triple glazed keeping the room a stable temperature all over and keeping the highway noise out) and the aircon (heater in this case as it was freezing outside). Big downiside for me staying there for four days was that there was no supermarket, restaurant or streetlife in the vicinity. Pudong is a well kept wastland. Another conundrum: the lobby store sells performance enabling pills for gentlemen but I had to take a 10 min cab ride to find a place that sold panadol/tylonol. And I had to get directions for this from the woman who runs a convenience booth in the Metro because the hotel staff couldn't direct me to a pharmacy.
While the food was well priced for a hotel, and pretty tasty, imagine my disappointment when I discovered that teh room service menu I had been salivating over was out of date so my selection was no longer available. They replaced it and were very nice about it though. They were also very helpful with my phone that was missing a charger by using some only-in-china device that apparently can charge all batteries. it worked on my blackberry at any rate.
Two things were good about breakfast:
1. there is a juicer, this is both fun and healthy
2. if you dont have time to play at making your own juice mix, they have ready made little sandwiches and buns that you can just grab and eat en route to wherever you are late for.
I didn't like how the restaurant and bar were the same space and that the bar area was unatmospherically lit. Its a little thing but it was like trying to go have a quiet drink after work while sitting on a stool on a floodlit stage.
I took a daily shuttle to the SNIEC (shanghai new international exhibition centre) which was not far away (near the maglev terminus).
Anyway overall the place was great at what it was trying to be - a 4 star business hotel in sanitised Pudong. If you have to stay there to be close to what ever business you are doing it's better than great. if you want to experience China or, like, any action at all dont go here. Oh yeah, the fake mall is OK but there is no actual shopping, for anyone who wants to buy actual stuff.
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