I stayed in the Jianguo during a recent business trip to Shanghai. I travel to Asia frequently so I have a developed a pretty good understanding of Asian hotels and what to expect from them.
My room was on the 22nd floor, which is an executive floor. Overall, I found my room to be quite typical for Asian business hotels. Not huge, but more than adequately sized. The desk included all of the power adapters for 115 VAC as well as a UPS - probably the first time I've seen a room equipped with UPS to protect against unplanned power outages. I'm not sure why a hotel would have that, unless perhaps they get occasional power outages during typhoon season. The bathroom was good sized and well equipped with all of the amenities you would need for your stay, including toothbrush, razor, etc. I don't typically use any of that stuff - with as much as I travel I keep my toiletry kit well stocked at all times - but it's nice to know that it's there in case you run out of something.
My only minor complaint about the room was that the bed is too short for someone taller than about 5'10". I'm 6'2" and I had to sleep on the bed diagonally to keep my feet from hanging over the edge. Not a big deal since I was alone, but if I had my wife with me it would have been a bit uncomfortable.
Service in the hotel is very good, and the staff responded promptly whenever I needed something. They have airport limo service which is a nice feature. When I arrived at Shanghai airport, I was greeted by a hotel limo driver holding up a sign with my name on it, making it very easy to get to the hotel after a long flight. It's a bit pricy - 650 RMB which is around $100 USD - but worth it.
The area around the hotel is good for walking, and seems perfectly safe. There are lots of shops nearby. Unlike other places I've visited in China where I was constantly harassed by prostitutes, this wasn't a problem in or near the Jianguo. There were a couple of sleezy types hanging out just outside of the hotel driveway trying to sell me illicit services, but a good firm "no" was all it took to get rid of them. I've stayed at quite a few other hotels in China where the working girls actually tried to follow up up the elevator and to my room, but that wasn't a problem here.
If you stay in an executive room, you get a nice breakfast included in the room rate. The breakfast buffet had everything from typical Western items (sausage and scrambled eggs), to fresh fruit and Asian items such as dim sum and fried noodles. There is also a nice executive lounge on the 23rd floor that has complimentary snacks and beverages available in the evenings.
I will definitely stay in the Jianguo again the next time I travel to Shanghai.
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