This hotel is located across from Shanghai Rail Station. It is completely new so do expect some rough spots especially on the staff. The service quality is inconsistent and I can tell that they're working on improving this throughout my short, 2 night stay.
The room: Fantastic. Everything is new. My room was standard and I asked to be on a high floor and they put me on the 27th. My room was huge in comparison to other hotel rooms I had. 46" flat screen, sound system, huge bath tub, high-tech toilet, long sofa, fast internet connection, etc. everything one can ask for. The only complaint I have is the bed was a bit hard for me. I prefer the heavenly bed from Sheraton. Otherwise the room was perfect. If you prefer to stay in your hotel room most of the time or you need room to work, this hotel is just for you.
The gym: They had everything you need to have a good workout. The latest high-tech equipment from USA that connects to ipod. Huge LCD screens on each treadmill to watch local tv. There were no one using the gym during my visit. I had a great time working out. They also have a huge in door pool. I don't know if it was heated. I also used their sauna which was nice.
They also had a virtual golf simulator that I didn't use. It costs just as much as to play 18 holes of the real thing in USA. RMB 250.
The food: Breakfest had many choices of Western, Chinese, and Japanese. A lot to choose from. Room service was prompt and took less than 10 minutes to deliver. The food was average. Nothing too special.
Location: I don't know why people have problem with the location. Sure the hotel is not located in the popular tourist destination, however, getting there was very easy. I took a cab from the hotel to Nangjing Road for RMB 14 during off peak hours. The taxi ride took less than 10 minutes. For the type of room that I'm getting at this hotel, I will definately dish out the extra cab fare. Taxis are abundant in Shanghai. As long as you have the address in Chinese, you're good.
The service: Service is inconsistent. I'm Chinese myself, so I guess they don't pay much attention to me. The door men are very good at smiling and greeting you. But the reception was inconsistent in providing good service attitude. It just didn't feel like a 5 star hotel in terms of quality, yet.
The room definately made up for the rough edges of the hotel. I will definately return next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Housed in two sleek glass buildings straddling a towering commercial structure in downtown Shanghai, InterContinental Shanghai Puxi is the first international luxury brand hotel in Shanghai’s Zhabei district, a fast emerging premier commercial and business area. With more than 3,125 square meters of state-of-the-art venues it has one of the most extensive allocations of facilities for conferences and social events in the west of Shanghai's Huangpu River. ... more less
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