I think the word Boutique hotel is sometimes interpreted in the wrong way. Some hotels have taken that as permission to come up with themed decor that for most people seems odd but wait, its "boutique". Well, as a business traveller, 3 things I look for in a place I have to stay in, service, location and amenities.
It is almost non-existent. There is someone to check you in, someone that delivers food to your room and someone that checks-you out. I had to kick the door of the hotel open to enter the lobby as I had both my hands full with my luggage. I also had to use my elbow to press the button to the elevator as I went up with my bags.There was only 1 concierge staff who actually greeted me in the 5 days I was there.
The location is excellent. Its in a part of Shanghai where you can see nice old French architecture. There many restaurants to eat ant Fuxing Park is an invigorating place I could walk through to get to the office on Sinan road.
The room was comfortably large with nice a spacious bathroom and a leather chaise placed near the window to lie down and read a book. Well reading would have been a nice thing to do but it was almost impossible with the bad lighting in the rooms, corridors and everywhere else I guess. When you're travelling for work, nights are when you're most productive with your emails, reading and preps for your next day. The darkened room made it very lethargic and hard to do any form of cognitive work. The lack of lighting also made the issue of cleanliness quite questionable as you think that every shadow on the ground is a stain. After a long day at work you always always look forward to a long warm shower. This was not a consistent occasion in my stay there as some nights the water was warm for the first 5 minutes than it was cold. Totally unacceptable.
I will probably end up staying here again in my next visit to Shanghai as its a 5-minute walk to the office. I hope things would have been improved if not I'll have to come better prepared with lower expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pudi Boutique Hotel Shanghai is located near Fuxing Park, in the heart of the former French Concession area. The deluxe 8-storey hotel features 52 spacious European-style rooms, an executive lounge, cigar bar, meeting room and business center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pudi Boutique Shanghai
- Shanghai Pudi Boutique Hotel