This Hotel is a great place to stay as it is central to the heartbeat of Shanghai and the Bund. The room, (executive suite), was spacious and clean although the bath did not hold water at all! The breakfast was actually very nice except for the mouldy bread on offer but they were more than happy to get another loaf once I pointed it out. I was extemely impressed by the FRESH orange juice, not sure if this is a regular occurance though. This hotel is not suited for those who want breakfast and are in a wheelchair or have a walking disability. There is no lift to the restaurant. You have to walk up a flight of stairs to get there. They claim the rooms to be sound proof, however I heard people talking in the hallways and the sound of furniture (chairs) being moved quite a lot
Don't be put off by the fact the hotel entrance seems to be down a dimly lit, seemly abandoned street. I never once felt unsafe and everything is only a hop, step and jump away.
The only downside I found to the hotel was that the staff spoken almost NO ENGLISH. This made life hard when wanting to know or book a tourist attraction or in getting directions to somewhere. I found Google and Google maps to be my best friend. The hotel claims to have fast internet connections, but I had a lot of trouble using their connections. I constantly dropped out which was hard as I was on business and spent many hours trying to send emails, which would have taken minutes on a proper system.
The bed was comfy and the heating in the room great. TV was terrible though, but I guess who has time to watch it, in-between work and sightseeing. There was no view from my room in fact the glass window had been frosted over so I couldn't see out. My room was facing the Bund but because of the other tall buildings nearby there was no view.
Take a taxi if you have a ways to travel. It's cheap however I found drivers often get you close to where you want to go but not to where you want to go. I had a few who dropped me off and pointed the direction I had to walk to get to where I actually wanted to go. A few times I couldn't find where I wanted to go as I was skeptical about walking into areas that didn't look like a touristy area.
A taxi to the PuDong airport shouldn't cost any more than 200 RMB if you’re staying in the Bund area. My few trips have been around the $175 RMB mark but I have heard of others being ripped off. Ask the driver how much then add 'around $175 yes', to avoid being ripped off and also to sound like you've done the trip a thousand times.
There are plenty of food chains, Macca's KFC, within a 15 min walk if you are dubious about food otherwise the hotel has a restaurant upstairs.
Shopping is all around the Bund area but I recommend you have a look at 'the peoples square'. There is a whole underground mall. The entrance can be found near the front of the museum. Would I stay again............YES!
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