Was booked into the hotel from my company's travel agent.
Colleagues were recommending this as THE hotel and how great it was and especially the breakfast buffet was supposed to be the best in the world etc. etc.
Well I don't know, but somehow I had a totally different experience.
I traveled with one colleague. He got a room on a different floor. As it turns out, the hotel is undergoing renovations and there are some floors with renovated rooms (iPOD docking, USB charging, modern bahroom etc.) and some floors with old rooms (none of the above, pretty worn out rooms etc.). By the time we found out about this difference I couldn't be bothered to change rooms.
Next morning in the shower I realized that it was overflowing. Water could only be controlled in temperature, but not in level (how much water). This was an really old style kind of shower, which I had only seen in the US before. I had to take my shower in three parts, in order to not not flood the room. After I complained at the reception, they fixed this during the day. But I expect the shower to work at this kind of hotel.
This hotel is the kind of hotel that has music playing in all public spaces. Even on the floors where the rooms are. Not only in front of the elevators, but everywhere. On Saturday, I woke up at 6:20 a.m., because of loud Jazz music playing outside my room. Great... I didn't come to this place to listen to Jazz but to sleep !!! During the week I have to get up early enough, so it didn't bother me. But the weekend I want to sleep in. Idiots !! I had to call the reception, complain and finally they were able to turn down the volume.
Final reason for not staying there again are the phone and Internet charges. Although I don't have to pay for this personally, the only hotels I had to pay for Internet in the past few years have been Inter Continental hotels (Shanghai, Seoul, ...). Guys, wake up !! This is the 21st century. You don't charge for the towels separately nor for the pillow. And Internet is free in the rest of the hotel world. So stop this nonsense. It's a commodity and I expect it to be there without having to go through all sorts of login procedures. Plus, they even track if I have attached multiple device to my little wireless access point ...
Breakfast is good, but by far not the "best in the world". If you ever stayed at the same level of hotel in Singapore, you most likely have seen better breakfast buffets. Where is the Japanese breakfast? Where is the Korean breakfast? OK, European is plenty, US style as well and Asian is mostly Chinese. But I have seen better. I'm not complaining, just putting it into perspective. The almond croissants are highly recommended - very good !!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental Shanghai Pudong is located in the heart of Pudong’s Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, It is within a five-minute walk to Century Avenue station(line 2,4,6 and 9) and Fuxing tunnel is at our doorstep which allows you to reach Puxi Xintiandi within 10 minutes by taxi. Next Age and 96 Plaza are just next door. Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Aquarium, Century Park and IFC Mall are two kilometers away. With 418 stylish rooms, over 2,850 square meters of meeting facilities, two restaurants and a bar, as well as a chic club lounge, the hotel offers both business and leisure travelers various chances to discover the city. ... more less
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