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Holiday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai
Ranked #1,123 of 5,146 Hotels in Shanghai
Reviewed November 12, 2013

Among all the fancy hotels in Shanghai, this one is located not far from the city center and is a good value. Like most other reviewers said, it is a Holiday Inn Express that a Holiday Inn Express should be.

I landed very late that night at Hongqiao and found the taxi line super long and didn't want to wait. So I went to the basement of the airport to catch the extra night train which only stopped at six major stations. I called the hotel's front desk and the young man was very helpful and accurately told me that I should get off at Zhongshan Park Station. From there, it was not far from this hotel and he was right.

The hotel is located on a very quiet street. When the taxi turned from the busy street, Caoyang Road, we had to pass a shabby old Shanghai lane that had a lot of small and not so good looking stores. I was wondering if I made the right choice. However, after a right turn, a nice street lined with a lot of trees was there and voila, a huge Holiday Inn Express sign was right above me.

Check in was a breeze and I got a first floor room. There was no iron and board in the room. The front desk young man told me they had a public iron down the hall way. A public iron board? Yes, it was in the coin laundry room, and anybody could use it. I am sure it can get busy at some time of the day if more than one person wants to use it at the same time. There was a vending machine in the lobby but I could not get beer out of it. That was the only glitch during my stay.

Breakfast was good, comparing to what they serve at HIE in the US, a lot of Chinese food, but there was also toast, boiled egges, coffee and fruit. They have a lot of large tables and many strangers have to share the same table. That could be awkward for people who were not used to the Chinese style dining. Getting a taxi in the morning could be a problem for someone who doesn't know the best way to get taxis in Shanghai as most empty taxis wouldn't come in to this back street, but I got a very quick response from using a mobile app.

Overall, a nice hotel and great value for the money I spent.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is exactly what you expect from a Holiday Inn, comfort and cleanliness. Our room overlooked the river. Front desk speak very good english. There is toast for breakfast. Very good night's sleep. Shower was huge! Would stay again.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

I agree with the reviews of this hotel. Rooms are clean, beds and pillows are soft. Breakfast is only ok. This hotel is conveniently located fairly close to subway. Although you are walking past some poor areas, we have always felt safe getting back and forth to the subway. We are happy with this hotel and will choose to stay here whenever we are in this area.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

I have stayed in a few holiday inns now in China, and I have been pretty impressed by them all. This one had clean and relatively spacious rooms, a great shower and bathroom, soft bed and softer pillows, and good value for money. The staff spoke good English and were helpful throughout my stay. People may say its not a great location, but my wife and I walked to the Jinguan temple in 15min, and its not too far to the Bund from there. Make sure before you go to join IHG rewards for free, you will get free internet and breakfast.
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Dane

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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contractkiller, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2013

Thanks for sharing your valuable feedback with regards to our hotel guest room and location. Just Share with your that Hotel has completed wireless coverage with free in all hotel area. We look forward to welcoming you back toour hotel again. Thank you!

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Reviewed September 27, 2013

I stayed at this hotel on various occasions.Rooms are ok and very clean.Wifi is available with good reception.Breakfast is not very special and more for Chinese people as they are the majority staying at this hotel since some time,but Overall Cafe is very clean and always better than the local ones.Metro station is nearby.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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contractkiller, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2013

Thanks for sharing your valuable feedback with regards to ourhotel guest room and location. Hotel would complete WIFI connect in the room also before the end of this year. We look forward to welcoming you back toour hotel again. Thank you!

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

The room was clean and complete with amenities. The beds and pillows were soft and very comfortable to sleep at. Toilet/shower door setup is a little bit odd. I just wish that WiFi was also available in our room (WiFi is available at the lobby).

My only problem is that there was a weird smoke smell (maybe cigarette) in the hallway and lobby. There was a wedding during our last day at the hotel and some of the wedding guests were smoking INSIDE the hotel lobby leaving ashes and cigarette butts on the floor. You can just imagine how we endured the smoke in the lobby while waiting for our airport transfer.

Tips:
Close to Metro Station Line 11 Longde Road (10 minutes walk)
Taxi from Hotel to the Bund is RMB 30+
Take a night stroll along the Wu Ning Bridge and see the wonderful view of the river

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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contractkiller, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2013

Thanks for sharing your valuable feedback with regards to ourhotel guest room and location. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience due to the smoking problem in the Lobby. We hope this would not deter you from choosing our hotel again in the future. Hotel will action more on strickly smoking in the public area. We look forward to welcoming you back toour hotel again. Thank you!

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Rooms are nice and clean. 5 - 10 minutes walking distant to subway stations which shoots right into the city and even Pudong. Complimentary breakfast is nothing to look forward to but cleanliness of the cafe is better than many of the local restaurants nearby.
Would consider staying here again on the next visit to Shanghai.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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contractkiller, Manager at Holiday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2013

Thank you for staying with us and sharing the comments of memorable experience. Looking forward to you next stay if you have trip again in Shanghai.

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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Putuo Shanghai

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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