Stayed here for two nights at a weekend recently to try and take in the central area of Shanghai in a short time. As such the hotel was perfect for location because it is right opposite a pedestrianized shopping area which leads directly down to the bund. It is also nicely lit (like many buildings here) so it can be easily picked out when trying to get back to it!
The lobby is large, although the open area means it is impossible to be there in the evenings without hearing the cabaret singer who was there both of my nights. The rooms are quite old-school in regard to their design, with marble effects, heavy wooden doors and a lot of dark wood. It is good, but I personally prefer more open and freshness in the looks of hotels. Bathroom is a little smaller than I expected and the shower is just a standard shower head in the bath. The bed is very comfortable indeed though but neither my friend on another floor nor I ever figured out how to make the air con setting have any temperature other than 23 as the target.
Internet was included in our rate and it was fast and easy to connect. Breakfast was not included but there is a Starbucks within the lobby hotel and plenty of other places outside. On our fist evening we ate late in the one of the restaurants; the pub one looked poor, the Chinese one was way too noisy with (I presume) karaoke going on but the main one on the second floor (with the seafood buffet) was good – we ordered from the small menu and the food was very good. The staff were very attentive and polite - even if they didn’t believe me when I said I wanted chopsticks instead of a fork.
The rooms may not have been to my taste but I was only really in them to sleep and they were still very comfortable; the location is king though and it is nicely placed so as not to be hugely expensive but still have everything within reach.
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai Hotel Shanghai
- Howard Johnson Shanghai
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