This fairly new IBIS in Shanghai is difficult to find as it's set on a pedestrian/cycle only street and Taxis have no idea where it is. It's about 100m from the Jinshajiang MRT staion, and about 200m from the Caoyang MRT station, and sits just next to the MRT track between the two stations. It's worth locating because it's a short walk to Jinshajiang station, and then connects by line 4, then 2 to People's Squre, mid Shanghai.
Line 2, comes in from Pudong airport to Zhongsan then line 4 to Jinshajiang (1hr 10min ride) and the same line comes in from Hongqiao Airport and train station. Very convenient.
If you're lost, ask the taxi to drop you at Jinshajiang staion, and walk the 100m plus to the hotel.
Hotel is a 5 storey building with good clean creams (IBIS standard), typical IBIS lobby, with small cafe. A Karaoke lounge is by the side of the hotel with poor singing, so do remember to ask for a room at the back, facing a housing complex. The front rooms also face the MRT track and you can hear the rumble of the train in the background.
Rooms are small, two bed rooms larger than the one bed room, small table, one chair, open closet. I always like the IBIS shower booth as it is usually in white, clean, glass shower enclosure and no musty smell from the drainage system. Small shower gives you just enough room to shower and dry yourself without extravagance. IBIS beds in China are very comfortable, for non China people. They are soft and firm, whereas hotels like 168, 268, Home Inn only have one standard for beds - extra hard.
A reviewer remarked about the wifi. There is free wifi in the lobby for all to use but the internet connection in the room is by wire (they provide the wire). We carry a small netbook, hook it up to the wired LAN, and then use a hotspot software to broadcast wifi within our room. Broadband has a good speed.
We did not try the food at the hotel but their breakfast is 20Yuan, China style, as we prefer eating out and it's a short 30m walk to the right of the hotel where there are street hawkers, a fruit stall, and a restaurant that serves very good rice porridge, noodles and the Shanghai specialty - steamed soup dumplings. Try them for a very low price. The street hawkers sell crepe with egg, charcoal cooked bread (sweet and saltish) and a wheat pancake with chives. All are delicious.
Prices are also low.... I suspect because the place is so difficult to find !! Ha ha.
Nice room,affordable price,good location near Shanghai Metro,but there is no wifi like they show in their website. They just provide internet LAN cable so I can't use any of my ipod,ipad,or cellphone. But overall this otel is quite nice!
Seems this hotel is owned locally but managed by Ibis... i saw cracks on the walls in my room! Cannot watch BBC / HBO on first night of stay... maintenance level is slighter lower than average Ibis.
Hotel is blended into its surroundings and it seems a bit weird like it's sharing common grounds in its compound with others.
Music from the shop infront of hotel in its compound is a bit loud when I arrived. Once I enter my room. I couldn't hear it, but mainly because of the location of the room I was given, but I'm sure I'll be able to hear it if I'm given a room facing the front.
Room looks clean, but noticed it's a bit dusty like it has not been used/cleaned for sometime. A quick wet tissue wipe on the desk revealed it all! Then had a look at he floor.. dusty too. Chair is a bit creaky.
On the whole, ok. It's near and a short walk to metro station 'Jinshajiang Road' of line 3/4. Not much to eat around but just 1 metro stop to station 'Zhongshan Park' and there will be a big shopping complex with shops, restaurants, fast-food restaurants, supermarket Carrefour, etc.
Noticed Ibis hotels and reservations made from accor-hotels website is not fully integrated.
overall its a great experience. staff are friendly and nice :)
however, it can get a little noisy. u could hear people singing downstairs, or outside your room.. soundproofing is not really that gd. but if ure looking for value, this is it.
everything is the bare minimum. so dont expect anything more.
bottom line: i'll still stay there on my next visit :D