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Motel 168 (Shanghai The Bund)
Ranked #1,935 of 4,998 Hotels in Shanghai
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“Great location, but don't expect much more”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

I stayed in Motel 268 (still don't get the 168 vs 268 thing). Good value for money, certainly a good practical choice if you just want a small room with shower etc., but don't care much about atmosphere. Don't expect fellow backpackers hanging out in the lounge, which doesn't exist. This is basically a chain hotel for Chinese people. Reception staff is friendly but don't speak much English. Room was small and basic, but modern bathroom, TV and WiFi. Not much space to put things though, it felt a bit narrow. Visual privacy - you've got to be lucky with your neighbours. But just a short walk from the Bund and E Nanjing Rd, that made up for it.

Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2012

Room with AC and attached bathroom for 208 RMB. (Room 632).

Very close to the Bund and at the end of the East Nanjing Road, this Motel 168 is a good option for that price. The building is horrible and the rooms were not as expected. However, we are not sure if it was our room (special internet offer) or all were like that. We booked it through Ctrip website ("Motel 168 Shanghai Bund"). It is very close to the East Nanjing Road metro station... Ningbo Exit!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2010

I do like those chain motels/hotels, like 168, home inn, hanting, that have popped up in most major cities in China ... you always kinda know what you get, no bad surprises, book online and - pretty important when on a business trip - quite reliable free internet connections on the room.

i do stay in 168 motels a lot. but this branch lacks a long way behind 168 standards. it has about the charm of a cramped mongkok hostel - minus the friendliness and cleanliness. the kingsize-bed-room, advertised and sold as 16sqm on elong, was actually the size of the bed. the bed linnen was dirty and torn and the carpet looked like it hadn't been hoovered for ages. the furniture looked like it came from the junkyard. the lobby (reception) - on the same floor as the rooms (lots of comotion) was second hand smoke filled ... if this motel has seen better days, they are long past ... I felt like this branch really leaves a stain on the chain's reputation.

there is a newer, larger branch of Motel 168 on Jinling East Road ... all very nice there, friendly staff and the location isn't really much less attractive than this place off The Bund, and it's cheaper by about 50 RMB.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2010

Ok,

I travel a lot,

I try to pick hotels based on the location and reviews, I've been in China before and i know that there was an hotel chain called motel 168 and motel 268 which seems to be a more luxury version, it's that type of hotels that is well known by locals but not that much by tourists .

So let's start

The first thing i notice when i arrive is that the name in the hotel is motel 168 but in the rooms all is 268!

The motel 168 (268) The bund has a perfect location, it;s very near to the nanjing road which is THE PLACE for shopping and knowing The Bund, the hotel is not like a 4 start hotel but it's pretty cool, the room is not too big but with enough space, the rooms are modern style and have free wifi so it's perfect.

After a day visiting Shanghai and buying souvenirs you just walk 2 blocks and you are back in the hotel.

It seems like the motel - hotel has the property of some floors of the building and have totally redesign the rooms and access, when you enter the hotel you have to use the access that is for both the building residents and the hotel. In the roof you can find a restaurant which is not in very well condition but has a nice view of the city.

The access was easy and the concierge was courteous also.

+What i Like

-Perfect Location
-Excelent relation price/what you get
-Nice modern type rooms

+What i dont like

-Not all in the reception speak english
-You can hear people talking in the corridor,

Cheers, take a look at my pics, if you find this info useful, positive feedback will be appreciated.

PD: If you want to meet "girlfriends" in shanghai it will be very easy, and seems that this hotel is well known by locals, so try to be on the safe side and try to be accompained, i was alone but i never got girlfriends, may be the next time ;)

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
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Property: Motel 168 (Shanghai The Bund)
Address: No.50 Ningbo Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002, China
Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > The Bund
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Ranked #1,935 of 4,998 Hotels in Shanghai
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Hotel Class:1 star — Motel 168 (Shanghai The Bund) 1*
Number of rooms: 155
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