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“Good rooms, location, and value but noisy”
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Gallery Suites
Ranked #184 of 5,069 Hotels in Shanghai
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Good rooms, location, and value but noisy”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

The pros: Great location in a nice part of the city, huge rooms nicely and interestingly decorated in Art Deco style, great value for the price, with free breakfast and wifi. When I left the hotel because I could not stand the noise, they refunded the money for the unused nights although they did not have to (very admirable and probably not the rule in China).

The cons: Most important one for me was lots of noise from the busy road the hotel is on, including lots of honking (that is just how the Chinese drive). Breakfast is a little thin on choices if you come late. The hotel staff seems to have poor communication across shifts because I requested a specific quiet room, and was twice assured they would have it when I come back for the day - but when I finally came back, tired, they had given it to somebody else.

Room Tip: If you like quiet, stay away from this hotel. O r at least request rooms facing the back.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2013

The "boutique" and "suite" concept in hotels is well established now, and this is a great example of both. It was my first trip to China and I found the humane proportions of this art deco building in the French Concession a good way of easing into the gigantism of China. Place had been recommended by a friend who does a lot of work in China. I am grateful.

Room a terrific size. with a claw-foot bathtub on a slightly raised platform, which has hidden by the massive TV which swiveled from sofa area towards bed. Very decadent.

My friend said the big drawback at hotel was lousy breakfast. Not the night I stayed. It was large and international: full Chinese, or Nordic European or French continental were the buffet choices.

Ten Minute walk to underground meant I saved a bomb on taxi fare getting to Hongqiao train station for fast train to Beijing. I could have done same on my one evening in town but took taxi to Bund - it wasn't all that expensive.

Front of house helpful, if a trifle brusque. They had a spare conversion plug for my Mac. Wi-fi was good -although frustrating at first. 70% of websites I visit regularly are blocked by Chinese government. Silly.

Price - booked online - was very reasonable. Comparable hotel for room size, facilities, and location in Manhattan, London or Paris would easily cost double.

Hope work takes me to Shanghai again soon and I will happily stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Hong Kong
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2013

This is a good all round choice for Shanghai. The rooms are very big, with good decor and clean. As other people have mentioned the bathroom doesn't have a door, bit it is tucked around a corner.

The location in the old French Concession is great and makes for easy access to various parts of the city. The majority of the staff speak good English and the breakfast was OK.

This isn't top end 5 star, but for the price it is very good and you can't really go wrong. Hotels can be hit and miss in China and this is definitely a hit.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2013

This hotel is a work in progress. In fact, when I was there the restaurant and fitness center were under renovation.

Great location - Hengshan Road is a beautiful tree lined street in the former French Concession area. The hotel is a 5-7 minute walk from the subway and a few short stop will bring you to Xintiandi or People's Park and the museums. There are a number of restaurants about 10 minutes walk away, including a Starbuck's for those in need.

The rooms are spacious and well appointed. The bathrooms are a bit strange, notably the lack of a bathroom door (you get a bead curtain instead). This arrangement may be more comfortable for the solo traveler. The staff is friendly and helpful with a reasonable standard of English.

Call it 3 starts, but better than a local 3 star as the hotel does work well with international travelers.

Room Tip: Other reviews suggest going with a room away from the street. I was away from the street and the noi...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Excellent location and the room at this price range. Excellent service - it was raining cats and dogs, and the manager went into the rain to find a taxi for us. Will stay there again on our next trip.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank dinkigummi
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Tokyo, Japan
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Some seemed to have a problem that there is a distance to the location with a lot of restaurants. (i.e. Dongping road) I walked few times from the hotel to those area, it does take slightly more than a 10 minutes walk but it was OK. After all it's the French concession area, it's a comfortable walk in the evening as there aren't much people on the street or water leaking from the drain of the a/c....
I also saw some comments about the room facing the street.
I had a gallery room with a garden view (?) facing the local residential area and I did not have any issue with the noise.
I also did not care too much about having privacy from the local residential area as there were blinds on the windows or few layers of curtains. I could close them when I don't want to be seen. The hotel is built in a historical architecture and it is surrounded by a residential area.
If it was surrounded by a wall to block the sight from the outer world, I think it will lose its charm.
Although I do agree and feel sorry for the guests who were with partners and had to use the toilet without any walls...
Problems that I would like the hotel management to pay attention: Throughout 4 nights, tea bags were not supplied at a time (complained and never happened again), had a new cup replaced with a cup with lipstick (not mine) and the shower room was always flooded when I took a shower. I think the shower room was not mopped as the stain I made in the morning was still there in the evening.
Still, the room is spacious, ample amenities, a/c is not moldy I had a comfortable sleep with a sunlight in the morning, breakfast is not bad, eggs can be cooked as you like, have a decent coffee machine whereas many hotel just use the powder from nescafe.
Even with the small issues, I think I can recommend the hotel for tourists who want to try something different from the chain hotels.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Bendigo
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82 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Situated in the leafy French quarter this hotel has wonderful rooms with different Shanghai themes. Great space for a very fair price. Everything is close, good food, transport and a wonderful park across the road to escape the Shanghai noise. Enjoy the bath!

Room Tip: All rooms are great but my favourites are 502 and 302
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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1 Thank Gregory W
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Property: Gallery Suites
Address: No.525 Hengshan Road, Shanghai 200030, China
Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > Former French Concession , Xujiahui
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #184 of 5,069 Hotels in Shanghai
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Gallery Suites 4.5*
Number of rooms: 39
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