This is one of the most comfortable large hotels I've ever stayed in. It's great. My room was large and quiet. The bathroom had good fixtures (note the two shower heads) and amenities.
The room is immaculately clean--and stays that way. The housekeepers tidy up the smallest detail--hanging up my robe, straightening my towels, etc. The turn-down service puts out slippers and plumps the pillows.
And the hotel staff are friendly and attentive. I was here for several days, and they remembered my breakfast choices in the morning and my drink preferences in the evening. The bar staff even volunteered to move a very heavy table so that my friend and i could more easily enjoy our snacks while seated on a couch.
The breakfast buffet is large and varied. Some days I ate Asian, some European, and some all fruit and vegetables. It's all there. (I never ate dinner in the hotel.)
I have one comment for the hotel and one caution for future travelers. For the hotel, the taxi cards showing the Chinese address for the hotel itself is not sufficiently clear. I had two taxi drivers who couldn't read the tiny map. Fortunately, as soon as I said something, the front desk staff wrote the address and directions out for me clearly themselves (see how attentive they are?), but it would be easier for them and for guests if the printed card had bigger type and if it were clearer.
And that leads me to a caution for future travelers: This hotel is not centrally located. I was with a meeting that supplied most transit, so it didn't matter. And if you're going to something at Fudan University, it's a great location, just across the street. And if you're willing to walk a little, a very good metro line is about a ten-minute walk away. (Although beware: the metro closes early in this city.) But if you have any mobility problems or tire easily and you want to be a tourist, be prepared to take taxis. (They're not very expensive by Western standards, but traffic can be slow. Late at night, after the metro closes, return taxis can sometimes be hard to find, too, especially if you're off the beaten path.) Don't forget to take return directions in Chinese for the cab driver to get you home.
But for a business traveler or a conference-goer or a university-visitor, this is a great hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crowne Plaza Fudan Shanghai officially opened on the 12th June 2006Crowne Plaza Fudan is situated in the Yangpu district, opposite the prestigious Fudan University on Handan Road, the new opened Wanda commercial centre with Shopping Mall and Wal-Mart; easy access to Shanghai's CBD district, the Bund, Pudong and tourist attractions.At the Crowne Plaza Fudan, you'll enjoy a comfortable stay with attentive, courteous service and an impressive offering of business facilities and leisure venues. Crowne Plaza Fudan offers 309 elegantly appointed guest rooms with 34 suites each designed in a contemporary style. From our Standard, Premier and Crowne Plaza Club rooms to our spacious suites, each selection is sure to meet your needs.Committed to meeting the needs of the business traveler, Crowne Plaza Fudan offers an extended range of business services. From meeting venues featuring state-of-the-art audio-visual and communications systems to our Meeting Success program, we've got all your needs covered. What's more, we offer a host of leisure venues and concierge-arranged tours, adding additional enjoyment to your stay In bustling Shanghai, you'll agree The Place to Meet is Crowne Plaza Fudan Shanghai ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan Hotel Shanghai
- Shanghai Crowne Plaza