I stayed one night at this hotel to be close to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and the hotel offers a shuttle service to the station. The hotel appears to be a renovated old-style Chinese hotel with the aim of appealing more to Westerners who were not to be seen at all during my stay. The staff are enthusiastic about practicing their English on a foreigner but the level of English speaking is low. The restaurant features western and Chinese food, but the western food is less appetizing. Dinner options are limited - no restaurants nearby so eating at the "Main Restaurant" in the hotel is the only convenient option.
The decor in the lobby and rooms is dark and lighting is limited. Lamps and furniture are old-style, but the shower, fancy Japanese-style toilet and lighting control buttons by the bed are new-style. The rooms are air conditioned with individual control. The TV is modern, but reception is poor. The one English station is CNN but is snowy in appearance, staticky and drops out frequently. I found I had to switch away from CNN frequently and then back to recover reception.
Breakfast is a mix of Chinese and Western food and has a good selection but the Chinese vegetables are overcooked. Some basic sushi and fresh salad are available at breakfast. Waiters carry coffee around but ignore the customer unless significant effort is made to get their attention. The coffee is hot and tastes reasonably good.
The area around the hotel is uninteresting unless one has a predilection for staying near an airport. Internet was excellent: wireless in lobby and I used the wire in the hotel room. Good place to stay briefly for a business traveller but I would not recommend this place for a tourist. The hotel room is overpriced. I would stay here again for one night if I am in transit by plane or train at Hongqiao.
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