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“Extremely good location, China hard bed.”

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Ruitai Jingan Hotel
Ranked #1,597 of 5,105 Hotels in Shanghai
manila
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“Extremely good location, China hard bed.”
Reviewed June 13, 2010

If location is what you're looking for then this is the hotel for you. The entrance to the subway station is very close (Line 2 West Nanjing Rd. Station). The street also feels safe to walk on even at 2am. Lots of stores and food around so you don't feel like moving to another location just to shop. Didn't notice much of the staff and there is a lack of porters. Since this is also a Chinese hotel, don't expect western standards when comes to the bed and breakfast. The bed feels like wood so I piled on all the extra blankets that I could find just to sleep. Room is very clean though and they change the towels everyday. Breakfast is simple Chinese and simple western food. And study up on your mime skills cause nearly all of the staff don't speak English. Our taxi driver did have to look at the location card first since the hotel is on a small short street right behind a majorly long main road, so I'm not surprised if they need to look for the closest intersection. And I would definitely come back to this hotel in the future even with the hard bed.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2010

I got bad vibes striaght away when the Taxi driver had no idea where it was.
Try to forget the fact that it's close to the Subway,plenty of Hotels are in Shanghai.Instead bear in mind that it's old,run-down,short staffed and produces the worst breakfast I've ever endured.
The room I had on the Executive Floor whilst well equipped enough,was basically just an enlarged Standard room.The other "facilities" available were simply not worth bothering with.
I'd suggest something a little newer and a bit less off the beaten track

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2010

Agree totally with SUBIRGHOSH on the part about charging 1/2 day's rate for morning check-in. Coming from the airport by Maglev and then subway, we were very happy to find that the hotel was literally a stone's throw away from the Nanjing West station exit. However, emerging from a red eye flight and arriving at the hotel just before 9, we felt that service was rather lacking when the reception was more concerned with charging us the 1/2 day extra than with showing some customer service with respect to our obvious fatigue and need for rest. It felt very much like a cold business transaction, than a service industry establishment with an emphasis on service and customer-orientation. The reception's attitude was in the vein of take-it-or-leave-it-till-u-check-in-at-12. What more, our early arrival was already indicated in the booking form through a third party agent so the hotel had advance notice. Perhaps, the hotel realises its superb location and has no lack of guests. After we agreed to pay the extra 1/2 day charge, we even had to convince them that we should be entitled to breakfast that very morning. One of the girls at the reception was at least receptive (pardon the pun) enough to check with the restaurant, and so 2 sleep-deprived, tired and hungry tourists got some hot breakfast. If we had not asked and reasoned with them, it didn't seem like offering an early (and paying) guest breakfast would have come to their mind! Again, an indication of their need for improvement in customer service. Can such a hotel survive? Probably, simply because of the excellent location near the subway, shops and food, and the main road, Nanjing West Road. If it raises its rates, however, it would have to beef up in the customer service and furnishing departments. At the current rates, perhaps we cannot hope for too much.

Something strange: Breakfast vouchers are not given at check-in. Instead, they slip them under your door in the room every night. Wonder why. Maybe the hotel doesn't want guests to pass them on to outsiders. (If you're wondering why guests would do that, well, the breakfast is just passable. The coffee/bakery across the street looks more palatable.)
Something quaint: In the bathroom is a fresh stalk of carnation.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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CALCUTTA, INDIA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed May 4, 2010

The good is - The position of the hotel. It is on top of West Nanjing Road subway station. The arrea is full of shopping malls, resturants, caffes. Best place to stay in Shanghai.
Rooms are quite big, comfortable and clean.
Not so good is - Breakfast is same everyday and not much varity. There is no 24 Hrs room service or 24 Hrs Coffe shop in the hotel. Bathrooms are very small in compare to the huge rooms.
Real bad is - I stayed 5 days. My flight arrived in morning and on reaching hotel at 8AM the front desk said I had to wait till 12 to get the room. No early check in is possible as all rooms are full. Then again on my multiple request they agreed to give me a room on 9Am but charged 50% room rent for this 3 hour early check in. I think for a 5 days booking this is really bad. Never happened to me in any other hotel in China.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
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Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2010

I have stayed at the Rui Tai on probably 7 or 8 different occasions, and I would still recommend it.

1. Location, location, location. Location is the biggest selling point for this hotel. In the past we have stayed here because of its proximity to the subway station (Nanjing West Road station on line 2 is literally under the hotel--the same line that takes you out to Pudong, including to the Maglev station). It is also on Nanjing Xi Lu which is where many upscale malls are, including the Portman/Shanghai Center with great western restaurants, several Consulates, and a City Shop import grocery store--the Portman is about a 15 minute walk away. Dagu lu with more great restaurants, DVD shops, and spas is also about a 15 minute walk away. However, in the past year, there is a whole new pedestrian shopping center that has opened up literally in front of the hotel. This includes many many restaurants (Vietnamese, Chinese, ice cream, sandwich shops, bakeries, coffee shops, and so many more... even a newly opened Krispy Kreme!), convenience stores, Marks & Spencer, nail salons, etc. etc.

Granted, if you are coming for a Chinese cultural experience, then this might not be what you are after (note the shops and restaurants I mention above are mostly western-style/international places).

2. Value. Most hotels on this road are either too expensive, or too cheap--this is a good mid-range hotel. Other cheap places nearby were good while they lasted (not long) before they quickly spiralled downhill. The Rui Tai has maintained its value for the last few years. There are a variety of rooms available, and you more or less get what you pay for. Cheaper rooms are small and windowless. More expensive rooms are larger with better views and nicer linens. We've always had internet in the rooms, usually wired. It is a typically Chinese hotel, so unfortunately, you can't get a soft bed no matter what you pay. Even the baby cot is hard, though the linens are fluffy enough to soften that. In most cases, breakfast is also included in the room price. Breakfast isn't luxurious, but it's fine, consisting of typical Chinese fare, but also with cereals, toast, and fried/boiled eggs available.

I find this hotel to be increasingly convenient, and good value. What are the downsides?
1. Can sometimes be sub-par in terms of quality. If you're used to a Marriott or Hilton, this is not for you. However, if you're a backpacker it will be great. I usually say this place ranges from "fine" to "pretty good." Towels are a little ratty. Carpets can sometimes be dingy.
2. Hard beds. Plain and simple.
3. This last time we stayed here, we got "massage" phone calls at night. In China, this is not unusual with average to low cost hotels. We never got these calls in our many times staying here before. This was the first time. We complained and were told that if someone calls from outside, they must know your name to get connected. We didn't tell anyone we were staying here, so we can only assume the calls came from someone inside cold calling. It was annoying to have our baby woken by offers for a "massage" at 10 or 11:30 at night, so we ended up just unplugging the phone. I'd still stay here again, regardless.
4. Can sometimes be a little noisy (hear talking or phone ring next door).

Overall, this place has been worth the money.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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Manila, Philippines
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2010

We were so happy that we selected this hotel, the location is very accessible, near in everything...shopping malls (signature and branded stuffs), restaurants, convenience store, and subway (train), must take going to Oriental Pearl Tower and eat at Revolving Restaurant, etc... Actually we were looking for hotel near the exhibition center of Shanghai, and with the help of reviews in tripadvisor, I chose RUI TAI, since most reviews were positive, so i tried it and I was not disappointed...

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Australia
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2009

Stayed at the Ruitai for one week in March 09 and location wise its great as its under a minute away from the subway. The downside is this hotel has one of the hardest beds I have ever slept on. I normally sleep on what I consider quite a firm bed but the beds here were almost springless.

The area was extremely clean and had lots of great little eating places nearby, there is a bread shop over the road which sells some delicious sweet breads; also swing past Honeymoon Desert :-) Quite a lot of shops around but its a expensive end of town so you might want to steer clear of the shops!!

After reading some initial reviews I was a little put off and was considering other places as some people seemed to think it was too far from the Bund but with the subway so close I think its great in terms of location; in all honesty the Bund isn't as good as its cracked up to be so I wouldn't bother trying to get a super close Bund location anyway. From memory East Nanjing Lu is only 2 stops away so super close.

To be honest i found Shanghai a really tricky place to decide on accommodation; however if you are planning a pretty busy day (i.e. not lazing around in hotel all day) and want somewhere that is clean and close to transport and you don't mind a firm bed then the Ruitai would be good for you. Oh having breakfast included is a plus but it does get old after a few days as limited range but hey its free!

On a final note, Shanghai was my least favourite city in China; spent a week here and regret not spending more days in Chengdu. I found Shanghai too soul-less but having said this there are some excellent sights but I think 4 days would have been about the right time to spend here.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ruitai Jingan Hotel
Address: No.178 Taixing Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai 200041, China
Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > Jing'an , Nanjing West Road
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Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1,597 of 5,105 Hotels in Shanghai
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Hotel Class:3 star — Ruitai Jingan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 115
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