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Hengshan Picardie Hotel
Ranked #168 of 5,082 Hotels in Shanghai
Zwolle, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“OK for the price”
Reviewed October 28, 2005

Stayed for one night in this hotel. Although Lonely Planet stated that it was located in an historical apartment building it was not so visible anymore. The environment of Hengshan Lu in the French concession is nice, especially if you like western style restaurants, pubs and bars.

I got upgraded and the room was good. The furniture shows some wear and tear and the plumbing was not the best.

All in all, if you can get a rate around 800 RMB/80 Euro it is good value.

  • Stayed September 2005, traveled on business
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orange county, california
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2005

I stayed at the hotel for a week in Jan 05. When i got there they told me they cancelled my reservation, and were booked but had a small room if i wanted it and could change rooms the next day. first i have to tell you about this room. it's smaller than rooms in europe, absolutely tiny and shaped like a rectangle so it was slightly uncomfortable. luckily i was by myself, i don't think i could have shared it with anyone. if they offer you room 1009, just say no. the bathroom was just funny. it was so narrow that i could really walk straight inside. however, i did get moved the next day to a larger room. the beds are very firm. i like that so i had a wonderful sleep, but if you need a soft bed, this may not be a place for you. the bathrooms used a shower curtain and it may have been me, but i kept getting water all over the ground, plus the water didn't drain as quickly as i would have liked and i thought i saw some places that could have been cleaned better. The location is great. was safe and quiet. i saw the dancing at night and tai chi in the morning. very serene and different from the hustle and bustle of the city. every taxi driver i met knew the hotel and where it was so no problems there. the staff speaks very little if any english though i saw a lot of non-asians at the hotel. i'm not sure how they got their questions answered. if you want to brush up on your chinese, or like learning how to communicate in different languages you would enjoy this. but let me say that the staff is very nice and helpful and went more out of their way then some 4 or 5 star hotels i've stayed at. but the hotel did have these cards with english and chinese translations of major tourist spots and the hotel address. bring that with you and you'll have all the major stuff covered. the one annoying thing was that the maids would come by at 8:30 in the morning which i think is a little too early for cleaning.
the hotel is a nice walk to shopping and restaurants. for the price, this was better than i expected in an expensive city.

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Palo Alto, CA
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Reviewed December 3, 2004

We stayed here about a week last spring at the suggestion of a friend who has a company in Shanghai and spends half his time here. He offered 2 places but said we might like this one better because it was in a "quiet" location. We thought we might want to be where the action was, but when we got there we realized what he meant. Shanghai is a frenzy, packed, loud, shoving crowds. Unlike the big chain hotels, the Hengshan is in an older established neighborhood in the best section of town: the French concession. It is a tree-lined street with some of the older French villas nearby. The hotel is in the area where guidebooks have scenic walk itineraries. It is across the street from 2 parks, a large one with public dancing at night, and a small local one. We liked the small park - in the morning you can see oldies doing tai chi or getting their excercise dancing to 1930's music.

The hotel is a remake of the old Picardie apartment, so the rooms are enormous with high ceilings and (some) balconies. They have a classic 1930's feel, not artificial but authentic with a well-lived-in feel. Unfortunately, there are no no-smoking rooms so you can't get one that's totally odor-free. The beds and furnishings are of moderate quality. The bathrooms are large, with new marble tiles and fixtures (including separate glass shower stall) but look like they had been designed by an amateur. Clunky. Westerners shouldn't have a problem with the cleanliness or the toiletries.

The staff don't speak much English so you can't rely on them for sightseeing help. But they are friendly and trustworthy. You'll feel secure here. We didn't eat there as there are local restaurants with real local Shaghainese food. Due to jet lag, we woke at 5am and would head out to either the steamed dumpling shop or the fried dumpling stand, which open at 6am - each about 2 blocks away in opposite directions from the hotel. For about 50 cents, you can get a holf dozen of the best dumplings in the world. We ate these in copious amounts every morning. There's also one of the biggest internet cafes nearby, with about 120 computers. You get a fast connection to your email for about 50 cents an hour. About 2 blocks away is a subway stop, and there begins the posher restaurants.

A few blocks away is a major shopping district with huge department stores. With taxis cheap and the subway nearby, it's easy to get to the major tourist sites, yet be able to retire to your "neighborhood" at the end of the day. In summary, this hotel isn't for those who are looking for a U.S.-type glass and steel hotel. It's for those who want something cheaper and more in tune with the culture and history of the city, and who are indpendent (i.e., not dependent on hotel staff for arrangements).

  • Stayed March 2004
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Property: Hengshan Picardie Hotel
Address: No.534 Hengshan Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200030, China
Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > Former French Concession , Xujiahui
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#144 Best Value Hotel in Shanghai
#147 Luxury Hotel in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hengshan Picardie Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 236
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