We live in Shanghai and choose to have a “staycation” at this hotel primarily due to an event that was being held there. Over the two day stay we enjoyed the pool, room service, outdoor facilities, and fabulous Sunday brunch.
Check-in was a breeze, the staff were friendly, spoke excellent English, and were familiar with the group and the purpose of our visit. Our room was on the northwest corner of the hotel which provided amazing view of the Pu River - both north (Lujiazui where the BIG buildings are) and south (Expo and Lupu bridge). When we entered the room there were sweets and fruit prepared and welcoming us - enough for the whole family!
Food: The buffet is open 24 hours and offers a little bit of something for everyone. We ate breakfast there two mornings but the highlight was the amazing Sunday brunch (starts at 12:00 so if you have children, you will want to have a little breakfast). The highlights for our family were the Sushi for mom, burgers (outside on the grill) for dad and chocolate fountain for our daughter. There’s carving stands, dimsum, and made-to-order Vietnamese spring rolls. Service a breakfast was great - when I asked for coffee, the waitstaff turned to my daughter to ask if she wanted hot milk or hot chocolate. So nice to remember the kids! However, during the brunch, service was a little slow and had to request drinks more than once. We did order room service one night and I was pleasantly surprised to see options for children on the menu - food was delivered within 30 minutes (key for hungry kids).
Facilities: The hotel has amazing grounds with a great yard and play equipment for the kids. During the Sunday Brunch the hotel provides activities for the kiddos that are outside of the dinning area, but in a safe, confined area with supervision. The pool are is fantastic and well designed - you can do laps, and they have these semi-circle shallow areas where you can sit with the kids. The hot tub is huge and extremely enjoyable. Lounge beds/chairs throughout and a small patio to enjoy the sun. Like many pools in China, they require a swim cap, and they will provide if you don’t have one - the rule is not strictly enforced. Inside the locker rooms are a steam room and sauna. We didn’t use the gym, but I stuck my head in and it is a good size (not just a small hotel gym), well equipped, including a spin room. The bar is located outside where the hotel has a villa complex of old brick buildings - very relaxing, spacious, and fun.
Area: We spent the whole visit within the hotel grounds, and I do wish we had explored the river walk and more of the area. I do agree with other posts that the hotel is not centrally located, but it was very easy to get a taxi.
Without hesitation I recommend this hotel for anyone living in or visiting Shanghai!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new InterContinental Shanghai Expo hotel is the only international luxury hotel in Shanghai located adjacent to the 2010 World Expo site with impressive views of the Expo site, Huangpu River and city skyline. We offer personalized efficient Chinese service. “Better City Better Life” Expo theme is reflected in this lifestyle hotel through, the gardens, health club, historical villas and food & beverage concepts. The hotel is conveniently located to leisure and business areas with easy underground and bridge access around Shanghai. ... more less
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- Intercontinental Shanghai Expo Hotel Shanghai