I've used this hotel extensively for business travel. The best thing about it is the friendly staff. They recognise you even if you haven't visited for some months which is nice when you're feeling fed up that you are so far from home. The rooms are in the process of being refurbished. The 8th and I believe the 7th floors are complete. If you stay on the other floors then the decoration may look a bit dated but this doesn't affect comfort.
The hotel has a small pool designed more for splashing about than swimming lengths. The gym is quite well equipped and is usually not that busy. A large studio adjoins the gym. The floodlit outdoor tennis court on the 6th floor was refurbished around 18 months ago and is great to play on - although using it incurs an additional charge of 200 RMB per hour.
My one gripe about this hotel is the poor sound insulation between the rooms (an annoying issue common for many hotels). Combat this with ear plugs or increasing the white noise level in the room by turning up the fan speed.
There is a bar which serves reasonable food but the restuarants are quite pricey and are geared towards high end dining. There is a range of bars, restuarants and a market about a 10-15 minute walk away.
The hotel is not in a central location but there is a metro stop 5 minutes walk away and the journey to central locations then takes 15-20 minutes. The metro is very cheap. A taxi can get you to the centre in a similar amount of time (depending on traffic) and prices are very reasonable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a high-end residential west area of Shanghai, the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Hongqiao is only 5 minutes' walk from the nearest #10 Metro Longxi Road station, 15 minutes' drive from Hongqiao International Airport & Railway Station. Since the hotel is close to both Hongqiao Economic and Technological Development Zone and Linkong Economic Zones, guests enjoy easy access to the people square, the Bund, Pudong area via adjacent Yan' an Expressway and to Jiangsu Province by superhighway.This five-star hotels offers spectacular terraces garden views with 313 rooms and suites. All rooms are well furnished with international standards of comfort and technology systems with 32-inch LCD TV, high speed Internet access and a full array of first class amenities. Furthermore, the hotel has outstanding meeting facilities that incorporate great flexibility and proximity. With 1,900 square meters of function space, it will be well organized by experienced team with state-of-the-art technology for every efficient meeting. Beginning 10th October 2016, the hotel will undergo an upgrade to part of guestrooms and facilities (daily from 9am to 05:30pm) until further notice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Shanghai
- Shanghai Marriott