I can attest to the Hilton Shanghai pervasive mediocrity.
Having been a guest of the Hilton in Shanghai on many occasions and usually being allocated an un-renovated room, on my last visit I decided to upgrade to an Executive Room to ensure I had a comfortable desk and chair. The room was the same as the other renovated non-executive rooms- so OK, still have showers over baths like grandma house- but I was disappointed to find that the hotel charges executive’s' accompanying visitors in the executive lounge. Not that unusual I suppose but I have stayed in several hotels where one can bring a guest into the lounge or coffee or a drink and they are warmly welcomed and not charged.
When working from laptop in a foreign city it is great to be able to hold short meetings in the lounge with colleagues and expect them to be welcomed rather than checked overas if they are trying to cadge a free coffee. The staff on the executive level are generally unfriendly and officious, a bit like customs inspectors.
I was travelling with a group of six work colleagues so at breakfast (in the lobby), on two occasions, we were seated behind the waiters station next to a growing pile of dirty dishes. Buffet breakfast is very good at the Hilton (one Plus) but they have replaced their previously quite good coffee with brown weak liquid- at least you can drink several cups without getting edgy I suppose.
For some reason the porters done want to hail taxis to come to the entrance anymore.
The ladies of the night are less confronting now- they don’t seem to follow guests up to their rooms uninvited anymore but they do cruise the lobby cocktail bar leering at guests. To avoid them one could head up to the Level 35 Cocktail Lounge but only if one enjoys cigar smoke.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The recently refurbished Hilton Shanghai hotel towers impressively above the city's former French Concession and is located in the heart of Shanghai's business and entertainment districts. Within walking distance of Shanghai's exclusive shopping streets, Nanjing Xi Lu and Huaihai Lu, this prestigious Shanghai hotel is close to Shanghai attractions such as Jing'an Temple and Jing'an Park. Pudong International Airport is a 50-minute drive away and Hongqiao Airport is only 20 minutes from the hotel. Hold your next conference in one of the 18 meeting rooms or choose the elegant Grand Ballroom at this Shanghai hotel. All contemporary Hilton Shanghai hotel Guest Rooms offer a spacious work area, wireless Internet access and large windows offering views of the city. Choose and Executive Room for access to the 38th floor Executive Lounge. After a busy day, relax in the spa, enjoy a game of squash or work out in fitness center at the Hilton Shanghai hotel. Choose from one of the hotel's 8 restaurants and bars and Dine on fresh seafood at People on Water, the Ningbonese Chinese cuisine restaurant and enjoy views of the impressive Shanghai skyline from the level 39 Penthouse Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Shanghai Hotel Shanghai
- Hilton International Shanghai
- Shanghai Hilton International