This hotel would be our likely choice for another visit. I cannot say enough good things about our experience here, and only a visit by a weary traveler can fully explain why we liked it so much. Here are just a few examples.
The breakfast at Azur was one of the best we had in all China. Cooks available for every desire, oriental or western. Very fast service. Outstanding view of the city. Sometimes I wished I could just stay here, and eat, drink tea or coffee, and look at the view. But it is designed so you can get in and out quickly, and on to your business of the day.
The rooms are just right! I compare this well with the 5-star hotel we stayed at in Edinburgh. Has a mini-bar stocked with appropriate scotch, gin, and vodka as well as the usual soft drinks. Great sitting area with desk and small coffee table. Both shower and bathtub (most welcome for soaking after long-walks). Everything very modern and westernized. Upbeat, with airy and light feeling. Bed very comfortable, and big enough for western tastes. Completely modern electrical (no special adapters needed for outlets) and internet service. Requested services were almost instantly responded to, with courtesy and efficiency.
All staff ... hotel and businesses ... they knew what they were doing. Very competent, very friendly, very professional. Example: In the upstairs bar (I think it was the Celadon, but can't remember now) I ordered one of my favorite scotch's double neat, and got exactly what I had ordered in less time than it took me to wonder if they would get it right. That particular night, they had a free entertainment (a couple of singers that did a great job with western music), and it was the perfect end to a long day. The bar food was not particularly to my taste, but was certainly ample. I think my food expectations had been set by the Azur :>)
Free South China Daily (in English) delivered to room daily. Spotless and professional housekeeping. I tested this by leaving certain things thrown about and some pocket change on desk. Everything arranged neatly, and change "count" perfect. Although I would not recommend doing this, I was so impressed with this hotel that I was looking for "anything" I could find that was less than satisfactory. I found nothing to complain about. Everything was just right!
There were dozens of little pleasant surprises in comfort and service that I could comment on, but let me re-iterate ... if we were visiting Shanghai, we would stay here again. It was a great hotel experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The tallest Renaissance hotel in the world, a striking 60 storey building with a spectacular Sky Lobby on the 25th floor, 672 guest rooms offering panoramic views, innovatiive restaurants and over 1,800 square meters of meeting space including a 1,250 square meters ballroom - one of the larsgest unobstructed ballrooms in Puxi. Located directly above Zhongshan Park Metro station and only 18 minutes from Hongqiao Airport, this landmark hotel is visible from virtually every part of the city. Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park Hotel is an iconic new destination. ... more less
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