Due to business obligations, I had the rare opportunity to stay in Shanghai for 5 weeks. Having been a business traveler for many years both in the US and Internationally, I took the opportunity to try something different other than just staying in a hotel. I could not have made a better choice. Although I love a hotel, over an extended period of time, sometimes you really want to have a breakfast or a meal to yourself. The other side to staying in one of Mariel's apartments is that you get to experience the city as a home, not just a destination.
Let me first say that the host of these properties, Mariel, is really like having your own personal concierge and an excellent one at that. My trip was a bit last minute and so I actually, over the period of the 5 weeks, I stayed in two of her three properties, Ginseng Terrace and Garden House. Mariel was always available, by e-mail or phone, to answer questions or help out and made my transition between the two apartments seamless... more