Decent hotel, mainly aimed at business people. Excellent staff who speak good English. Just a little further away from some sights such as The Bund, Nanking Street than other hotels but that yields benefits of easier access to other areas and gives those who chose to walk downtown more of an experience. Easy and cheap to get taxis....even all the way out to Pudong was rarely much more than 50 RMB (but make sure you get a state owned taxi using a meter)
Excellent reception and front door staff, very efficient room cleaners. Room was immaculate in all respects and well up to usual "International" business class. Choice of restaurants and decent buffet, lounges and residents facilities on 4th floor including bar with live music each night...except Monday!
Only problem during my stay, was the renovation work which I was unaware of when booked. Substantial (it must be judging by the noise) renovation work on 16th and above floors. I was only on 14th floor but from 9.00AM until 7.00PM constant hammer drilling and banging, literally non-stop, every day. It sounded so loud I thought it was coming from the room next door. Also, it was not exceptionally hot outside but for some reason I just could not get the AC to bring the room down to a decent sleeping temperature. I asked the front desk to investigate it and went out, assuming they had checked it but there was no improvement.
Would I stay there again.? Probably Yes, as the price was good too but I would check on the renovation work first.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Equatorial Shanghai is strategically located at Jing'An in the heart of downtown Shanghai. Known for our warm hospitality and excellent customer service, the imperial hotel offers extensive business, meeting and recreational facilities. Offering stunning city view, the total 506 guest rooms and suites feature just the right facilities and amenities to ensure our guests a relaxing stay. The provided 15 function rooms that can cater to meetings of up to 800 pax. The versatile function and meeting rooms offer a wide range of facilities, services and packages for every occasion. The well-recognized Shanghai International Club Fitness Centre is perched on the 4th floor. The centre offers a top line range of fitness facilities from Life Fitness, a tennis hard court, the Fei Spa and a pool area which boasts a breathtaking view of Jing'An. * As per Implementation Rules of Regulation on Public Places Sanitation Administration, smoking will be prohibited in all indoor areas of this hotel from 01 March 2017. ... more less
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