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“Avoid the Standard Rooms. They stink”

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East China Hotel Shanghai
Ranked #1,665 of 5,222 Hotels in Shanghai
Reviewed June 15, 2007

I usually stay at the Zhong Ya over the road from the East China; however, given that the Zhong Ya has become rather noisy throughout the night on account of the construction of a supermarket nearby, I decided to try the East China for a change.

It's near Shanghai Railway Station. Its standard rooms are slightly more expensive than those of the Zhong Ya.

I arrived at my Standard Room floor. The corridors smelled, the carpets were torn and tatty. I entered my room where my nose was assailed with some violence by the acrid smell of stale cigarette smoke. I knew I could not tolerate one whole night of this so I turned on my heels and down I went to Reception and asked for another room. I explained the cirgarette smell problem.

Well! All Standard Rooms, they explained, are smoking rooms and if I wanted a non-smoking room, I would have to book into a Deluxe room at about 150 RMB per night more expensive than the 320 RMB Standard Rooms. Surely the hotel could not have allowed 100% of its standard rooms to be polluted with cigarette smoke, I complained. Surely, they keep one Standard Floor for non-smokers.

No, the receptionist said, sourly, all Standard Rooms were smoking rooms and all would have the same smell - and, I take it, the same torn, tatty carpets.

There was nothing for it, I said, but to check out and go to the Zhong Ya over the road where, despite the noise, at least smoke-free rooms are available. I moved to the check-out desk - but there came the cry, "OK, we'll change the room" and I was booked into a quite nice Deluxe room at the Standard Room price.

I won't stay there again. 320 RMB should buy quite a decent Standard Room in a 3-star hotel in Shanghai.

My advice to travellers is to avoid the East China hotel unless you're willing to pay a price well above what is reasonable for a 3-star hotel to get a smoke-free room. If you want to pay 450 - 500 per night for a room, you can do much better than the East China. If you've got this sort of money, head into the city to the Nanjing Road area.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 28, 2007

This hotel is very NOISY. There are 16 lanes of traffic outside and the traffic is thick 24 hours a day. Just around the corner is a huge
railway station where 2 million commuters travel each day. Although an old hotel, it has been partly refurbished but the lifts are slow & small, bedrooms are small and the furnishings look old. Staff are friendly and the breakfasts were great.

It's close to a major shopping district so there's plenty of good shopping close by. The hotel is adequate but not really condusive to a good night's sleep. It's certainly not luxurious as well, although it's clean and functional.

If you want a higher standard of accommodation stay elsewhere, as Chinese 3 star isn't equivalent to western 3 star.

  • Stayed: August 2006
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Reviewed July 30, 2016
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Room Tip: верхние с видом на улицу
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  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2016
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  • Stayed: April 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2016
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Stayed: December 2015
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Reviewed December 18, 2015
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Stayed: December 2015, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 11, 2015
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Room Tip: Рекомендую! Отлично подходит для знакомства с городом и для передвижения по Китая.
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  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about East China Hotel Shanghai

Address: No.111 Tianmu West Road, Zhabei District, Shanghai 200070, China
Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > Shanghai Railway Station
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1,665 of 5,222 Hotels in Shanghai
Price Range: $68 - $96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — East China Hotel Shanghai 3*
Number of rooms: 320
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