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Holiday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai
Ranked #1,123 of 5,146 Hotels in Shanghai
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Like other reviewers of this property I would comment that the rooms are small, but clean. We had king bed for three people and had to request a third bed be put in although our reservation said there was a sofa bed. The hotel staff attempted to charge us for the extra bed, but did not charge us after we insisted the reservation was made for three people. Overall, we were pleased with the hotel and found the rate made the stay a good value. If taking Metro get off at line 11, Landau stop and take exit and turn left. The complaints of other reviewers regarding the bkfast has a legitimate basis, but this is China after all. Most of the offerings were Chinese and there was very little from a western menu to choose from. I am sure however the bkfast was far more extensive than it is in the US at a HI Express- a least from a Chinese viewpoint! I found the staff to be helpful as they did what they could to make our stay pleasant. A word of caution however regarding the Metro. After a night visit to the Bund we found that the Metro Line 11 which goes to the hotel closed at 10:15 PM. We just missed the last train and had to walk/taxi to the hotel. The taxi driver did not know where it was and so he took us the wrong direction down the street where the hotel is into a rather "shady" area. Fortunately, the driver was honest, and turned off the meter and got us home after raising our blood pressure a bit. This is a thrill most readers would appreciate missing! Depending on my plans in Shanghai, I would stay here again without question.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Holiday Inn Express – Shanghai Putuo

I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised by this hotel. I didn’t expect much from Holiday Inn, but this place delivered. Now this is a chain hotel, an American chain hotel, so is different from many Chinese hotels, but I think this finds a nice balance. The location is excellent. A few blocks from the Longde Road subway station on the Number 11 line and right along a lovely riverwalk by the Suzhou Creek which is perfect for a morning jog or an evening stroll. There’s a huge Carrefours mall nearby. And yet the location is quiet, shaded and cool. But many taxi drivers couldn’t find it, even when we gave them a map.

There is a very nice and comfortable dining/great room area off the entrance. Breakfast is okay, not great and the coffee is actually tolerable. There is Wifi in the lobby, great room and meeting areas, and actually we were able to access it easily in our second and third floor rooms. There is free wired Internet in the rooms, but it was unbearably slow. There is a small computer area with computers and printer of the entry. After three weeks on the road, we really appreciated the nice laundry area with washers, dryers, ironing board and iron.

Our rooms were spacious and clean, but the windows don’t open and there is often a residual smoke smell. And finally, a bed in China that isn’t rock hard! The bathrooms were nice except for one strange thing. The bathroom enclosure by the shower is frosted glass and the door to the shower is also the door to the bathroom – it was a very strange, albeit functional arrangement. And the shower was very nice with an adjustable hand shower with excellent water pressure.

I'd definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is a decent one. With average rooms. Locality is residential and with small residential markets

Opposite the hotel is a Carrefour supermarket. The only organised market.

Basically just ok

The breakfast is average and the spread is average or even minimalistic, the dining hall is good and spacious

Free wifi and average speed.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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2  Thank PawandeepSoni
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

The Good: Great bed; affordable room rate; nice linens; great shower; very quiet; VERY dark room if you want to close the curtains and sleep in; good alarm clock.

The Bad: VERY poor front desk staff (more interested on using their own mobile phones, horrible late night check in); taxis have no clue where this hotel is (even when you give them the hotel's business card); taxis require a booking call and often take 15 - 20 minutes to arrive.

The average: breakfast (poor eggs, no bacon, superb coffee); proximity to Metro line (they have a shuttle at 9am that drops you off); smoke-heavy reception area.

So, weigh the good and the bad and the average. Any way you slice it, this HIE is a decent choice for Shanghai. It just depends what you're looking for.

Room Tip: Get as high as you can, and face the river.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

Nice an peaceful hotel withbgod room rate (aprox 330 rmb ), close to subway line N 11 has standard rooms all the same, not toonbig but wuth the confortable Holiday Inn standard.
The problem is that not many taxi are coming due the not traffic road which is placed.
Near the cgannel, you can do joging because no much cars running on.
Metro is at 5 min walk.

Room Tip: Suggestable for business trip and jungers, student
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank Adrypapy
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

This hotel isn't the best Holiday Inn Exp I've stayed at recently but it's a decent choice for Shanghai. Affordable rates, comfortable and clean rooms. Service was efficient. It is very nicely located just a short walk (200m or so) from Line 11 subway. One stop from there to Jiangsu Rd on Line 2 which is a great line for connecting to downtown (20 min to people's square approx), and to Pudong business area (at least 30-40 min by subway). Line 2 connects to Pudong Int'l airport (ride would be at least an hour maybe more) and to Hongqiao Airport and Bullet Train station (about 30-40 minutes).

Negatives: breakfast has very few western options, basically toast and coffee. Runs 630-1000am but by 9am most of the juice was gone. But a decent choice of fried rice, noodles, stir fried bok choy, etc, means you won't go hungry and you will only be disappointed if you can't open yourself to Chinese food for a day or two (and after all, although it is Shanghai, you are in fact in China). Generally the hotel felt a little dark and maybe ever-so-slightly worn down, but the room was clean and comfortable.

Annoyingly the desk guy billed my credit card without asking if I would have preferred to pay cash at the end.

All in all I'd stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Stayed 3 nights visiting friends

Location - Location is not really that far off from city centre but it is located inside a residential area and awfully quiet at night if you are not traveling by taxi, and not many taxis at hotel after 7/8 so you have to walk a very quiet street (no shops around, not much pedestrian either) to the street corner to get one. It is okay for guys but can be a bit disconcerting for ladies, especially if traveling alone. Lung De station is only 10 mins away but to walk there you also have to walk the long quiet road and the line stop at around 10 because it is not one of the main line

Facilities/Cleanliness - Decor is the same as in most Holiday Inn Express, room is smaller than Holiday Inn Express Zhabei but in reasonable shape. They do have a business centre and one restaurant (which only operates during breakfast/lunch/dinner time) but not much else. Most areas are clean.

Service - Service is overall fine, when I arrived the reservation has been cancelled due to the fact I did not guaranteed it with credit card. It is in their right but I would appreciated someone calling me ahead, given the fact I am their member since 07 and another Holiday Inn Express did that (I forgot whether Zhabei or the one in Beijing Temple of Heaven). Room situation was tight but I was finally given a room on G/F, it was already 1030 pm and I do appreciate the arrangement, better than having to drag myself somewhere else that late to find a room. The staff was friendly enough and did arranged me to move to a higher floor room on 2nd day.

The checkin incident was handled well and I am happy with it, unfortunately on my departure date it wasn't as well, I requested a late checkout which was given but not being recorded so I end up having to rush from my shower with shampoo on my head, first to talk to the front desk staff, then to answer the cleaning lady who came knocking on my door 10 mins later. That got me a bit agitated as I am sure 10 mins is enough to notify housekeeping staff on walkie talkie.

Room - As I said the room is reasonable, smaller than some other express. It is clean, on the plus side, aircon works, which is not necessary the case in a lot of China hotel, bed is comforty and curtain block out light well so sleep quality is not bad. Internet connection is free but speed is kinda slow most of the time and no WIFI in room.

Value - The room is at around RMB 350, which is cheap enough, area is quiet, it would be good if you want to chill out and relax but if you are looking for easy access to downtown this could seems a bit remote. I might not stayed again because it is not close to where I mostly visited but overall value is good

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Address: No.843 Guangfu West Road, Putuo District, Shanghai 200063, China
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Location: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > Changshou Road
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1,123 of 5,146 Hotels in Shanghai
Price Range: $56 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai 3.5*
Number of rooms: 235
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holiday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai is managed by InterContinental Hotels Group. Strategically located on Guang Fu Xi Road, cross Wu Ning Road, intersection of Pu Tuo, Jin An and Chang Ning districts, the hotel is only 10 minutes drive distance from City Center. Just 20 minutes drive from the Hong Qiao Airport, 55 minutes from the Pudong International Airport and 10 minutes from the Shanghai Railway station, the hotel is perfectly situated for business, sightseeing and shopping. Holiday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai is situated in the central part of downtown Puxi shanghai, it is only 20 minutes drive distance from Shanghai Exhibition Center and Shanghai Mart, close to Jing'an Temple, Jade Buddy Temple and Zhong Shan Park, on the bank of Su Zhou River enjoying its scenic riverside and Garden view, with easy access to Shanghai's shopping center and tourist attractions. Holiday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai, has 237 contemporarily designed guestrooms, Great Room can hold 118 guests for dinning, fully equipment meeting room. You'll enjoy a comfortable, convenient and peaceful stay, plus attentively selected services, complimentary breakfast and an impressive offering of business facilities and free High Speed Internet broadband access. The Smart Simplicity concept makes the Holiday Inn Express a smart choice for the visitor to bustling Shanghai. ... more   less 
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