I stayed at the Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel for a few nights on a business trip in November 2013. My colleagues and I selected the hotel due to its location directly next to the convention center where the event we attended was held.
The hotel looks nice enough (on the inside at least) and the rooms are clean, though a bit small. However, there were a few things about the stay that I was fairly unsatisfied with. Firstly, though the hotel's location is convenient if you're attending an event in the immediate area, it's very inconvenient for the rest of the city. Our taxi drivers could almost never find the hotel, despite being shown the address in Mandarin, and it was often a very long wait for a taxi from the hotel to the city (in fact, we were often told that it was just not possible to get a taxi). Second, the quality of the food in the restaurant is ok, but not great - after eating one breakfast here, I went to the local Starbucks for the remainder of my stay. Third, for some reason there are almost no power outlets in the room! I literally had to unplug the TV in order to be able to use an outlet. And fourth, the internet in my room never worked; luckily, a colleague was staying in a neighboring room and I could log into that room's wifi instead. However, this is obviously not an option for most guests.
On the positive side, the staff at the hotel were very friendly and usually quite helpful. There's also a subway station located closeby which is convenient and easy to figure out even without any Mandarin skills. If you have a Mandarin speaker with you to help you order, there's a restaurant in a neighboring high-rise with fantastic food at great prices.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Within Shanghai Stadium (the only hotel in China with this unique location), close to Xu Jia Hui Commercial and Shopping Center and 5 minutes walking distance to 4 metro lines of 1, 3, 4 and 11. The Executive Club Room with free access to the Executive Club Lounge for a relaxing drink with a panoramic view into the Stadium. The hotel provides 5 restaurants & bars, flexible meeting and banquet venues, gym and indoor swimming pool. Additionally, the hotel received a lot of awards, name a few: Silver Leaf Green Hotel in China; "Best Business Hotel of China 2015" by The Golden Horse; The hotel has been appointed Hotel for Sports Games: ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2015; 2014/15 World Cup Short Track; ... more less
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