We stayed here for 5 nights. Room was spacious enough with modern decor. Check in is on the "L" (4th) floor. Staff were friendly & helpful. The indoor pool & jacuzzi is great for a soak as you enjoy the sweeping views of the Huangpu River, Yu Garden & surrounds.
Love being in the Yuyuan area as there's lots to see & the fact that the Yuyuan Station is just outside the hotel. Makes it convenient to get to anywhere. Current operating hours are from 6am-8pm. If you are coming in by train from the airport, there is an elevator up to street level. If you need to pick up some daily necessities, there's a Tesco Express, Marks & Spencer & Manning (pharmacy) in a new mall called Yu Fashion Garden located in the Yu Garden area behind the hotel.
There's a wholesale centre in the building next to the hotel on Fuyou Street that sells hair accessories, some Chinese souvenirs, novelty items, mobile phone accessories, Chinese lanterns/hangings, etc. They are a lot cheaper than the shops in the actual Yu Garden area. As it's wholesale rather than retail, the store keepers don't hassle you at all & leave you alone to wander. They are happy to sell you one item but you need to bargain.
For a real taste of how the Shanghai people live, I suggest wandering in the tiny alleys of the area behind the Yu Garden. According to a taxi driver, after the Expo, a lot of these old houses will be bulldozed for redevelopment. Take a peek into the open doors. You will see how they manage to live in tiny spaces & where the structures are so old & crumbling, you wonder if they would collapse any moment. Also check out the night market in the middle street of Shanghai Old Street (Shanghai Lao Jie) - not to be confused with Yuyuan Lao Jie which is in Yuyuan itself & very touristy. You'll see stall holders cooking all sorts of fascinating food.