If you wish to stay near Fudan University, I can recommend this hotel. While it is not a "budget" hotel, it offers a good value for money for a business-oriented hotel, spacious and clean rooms (I stayed in the "club-level" on the top floors of the hotel, one week on the 19th floor, and two days on the 18th floor).
However, the area is quite far away of the main tourist sites, so if you are in town merely for tourism, I would look for another option: the city is simply too large, and, while taxis are relatively cheap the hotel is still quite far from the main, more centrally located, districts, and it it takes at least 10 minutes to walk to the closest subway station. (However, as taxis are cheap, one can also use a taxi to get to and from a subway station - overall it just takes more time that you might be comfortable with)
PROS: large rooms, good sized desk for work, wifi, large bathroom with good-sized tub and separate shower, good amenities, large TV screen (but only BBC world, and CCTV news in English), large and generous breakfast buffet (if you wish to take that option). And, contrary to some earlier reviews, there is English speaking staff at the reception.
It has a fitness area, but I did not use it.
CONS: the distance from main tourist sites like Bund, Yu Gardens, French concession, main temples, Pudong. That is why I give it only three stars for location( for Fudan proximity it is ideal); the choice of "western" staples at the breakfast buffet is limited but adequate; as Chinese eat early, dumplings are no longer as fresh as they need to be after around 8 in the morning, and the coffee pot might be empty (one day, when I asked for coffee after 9 and the container was empty by then, the hotel seemed to simply have added water to what was left in the filter, and the result was undrinkable; but then again: coffee is not a main drink in China, despite a trend towards more coffee shops).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Howard Johnson Caida Plaza Shanghai is located in the Yangpu District of Shanghai, close to famous Fudan University. It only takes five minutes to Wujiaochang Business Centre, KIC Jiangwan Stadium, Hongkou Football Stadium etc. Also the hotel is conveniently located the key access to Baosteel. 272 rooms and suites are equipped with plasma TV, broadband internet access and voice mail.The Western and Chinese Restaurants provide all the best of world cuisine prepared by veteran Chefs. 7 meeting rooms with different size offers excellent options for every type of event. ... more less
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