We spent a single night at the hotel after a very long and tiring day of sight-seeing immediately following a long flight across several time-zones. Suffice to say that when our guide dropped us at the hotel to check in early in the evening, we were keen to get into our room as soon as possible in order to catch up on some much needed sleep. No such luck. The staff at reception were slow and unfriendly, and extremely bureaucratic (quadruple-checking our visas, which was extremely time-consuming - it is apparently a problem if a married couple do not both have the same nationality!). Plus the little bit of English that they had was for all practical purposes incomprehensible. When we were finally allowed into our room, a porter (with slightly better English) took over and insisted on taking charge of our bags - despite our specifying that we did not require this service (our bags had wheels and we are both able-bodied). He then made it very clear that he expected a tip, bowing repeatedly and moving closer and closer to me in an intimidating manner - the result of this behaviour was that he did not receive anything.
We booked the hotel as part of a package deal through an agency, so cannot comment on value for money - but think it is reasonable. The rooms were fairly spacious and clean - equating to a three star hotel in Europe - and the furniture modern and in good condition. There is, however NO river view - our room looked out over a construction site, and the view of the river is in any case obscured by other sky-scrapers.
Location - fairly centrally situated and close to public transport.
Breakfast buffet very large and varied, catering for both oriental and western tastes. Avoid the coffee, however...
Beds were comfortable and the bathroom had modern fixtures.
Would advise staying at the Golden River View Hotel for its convenience but certainly not for its charm or its welcome....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Golden River-View Hotel's location places you near major roads and thoroughfares in Shanghai, such as Nanjing Road and Hongqiao Airport. Also, public transport is easily within reach from our Shanghai hotel. Each guestroom is air-conditioned and comes with impressive four-star fixtures. ... more less
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