For well under $100., this place had it all, from the location to the fuzzy bathrobe and slippers, great rooms. Taxi drivers, however, just looked at us when we gave the name, because the Chinese name has nothing to do with the English one, and it seems to be called by two different English ones. The entrance doesn't actually face Renmin Road, and the map on the website is about 6 blocks off (not the first time a Google map has led us astray). The hotel is actually in a great location: about 1 block from the Bund and the river cruise docks, about 2 blocks from the famous Yu Garden and zigzag bridge shopping area, 3 blocks from the subway, 1/2 block from a Big Bus (double-decker tour) stop. Older hotel on the outside, nice inside. Lobby on the 8th floor, nice restaurant and bar facilities (we chose to eat at the smaller stands and restaurants in the Yu Garden area--don't miss the famous dumplings and the Kobayashi Cookie Company's hot fresh filled cookies). However, and this is a big however, something seems to be going on with this hotel. The beautiful, big bar was almost always empty, the enormous dining room not crowded, the lobby almost always empty. When we arrived, they seemed startled down at the entrance on the first floor, and a couple of managers scurried up and down and around while we waited about 10 minutes until escorted upstairs. Our Chinese friends got some inside information that the hotel had been sold and the new owners hadn't decided what to do with it--which in Shanghai probably means it'll be torn down soon and replaced with some fabulous new office building, which would be a shame, given the location for travelers. The rooms were well taken care of, but the staff as well as the number of guests seemed to be minimal, as did the English-speaking ability of the staff. We'd stay here again in a minute if we could be sure that after booking, the hotel would actually exist at the time of our visit.
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- Also Known As:
- Donglai Hotel Shanghai