On a brief business trip I chose this hotel mainly because of its proximity to my meeting locations and the adjacent Jing An Temple subway station. Frankly I was not expecting to like this place as much as I did. Recently remodeled the rooms are large by Shanghai standards and the interior design is quite nice. The rooms have a fresh modern feel and I had a terrific view of the Temple and park on Nanjing Road from my room on the 18th floor. A water leak at the window did cause some peeling paint but otherwise I was quite pleased with the room. The materials, fixtures and furnishings were all of good quality as suits a 4 star property.
Breakfast was included although the choices were limited. I'd stick the the Chinese selections as the Western choices were of a confused quality and the chef had problems cooking an egg as requested. Excellent coffee however.
Also included was free wifi, a full complement of bath amenities including razor, toothbrush, sewing kit, etc; all those things you expect in a 4 star hotel. It seemed to be good value for money.
The downside was a very limited TV program selection. If you do not speak Mandarin you'll be stuck with CCTV English news which just repeats ad nauseam. One important problem is the lack of a secure elevator. The lobby is on the 12th floor and the elevators are shared with some other businesses in the building. The elevator lobby can be accessed directly from the outside from two entries 24 hours so anyone can access the guest room floors directly from the street. There were a key card scanners in the elevators but they were nonfunctional for some reason. Security is a real issue they need to address.
I will certainly stay here again. The hotel is clean, fairly well managed and the location cannot be beat.
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