- Reviews: 5137
Hotel Equatorial Shanghai: NICE ENEOUGH
I ended up at the Hotel Equatorial Shanghai in the middle of the night. The staff could not have been nicer and I was given a key to a very nice room on a high floor. Despite looking out over a main road, the room was absolutely silent. I almost fell asleep when I sat on the bed because the mattress was so nice. But first things first. I ordered room service (reasonable prices!) and helped myself to a nice cold beer from my bar. The room service guys showed up with freshly cooked and delicious noodles. A feast fit for a king before retiring. The second my head hit their wonderful pillows, I was dreaming. I really did not want to get up the in the morning.
In the morning I had a nice shave and hot shower in my modern bathroom and enjoyed the nice fluffy towels. The large mirror has a big steam-free area, but there are no extractions fans in the bathroom. You can see, but it’s a bit sweaty.
Breakfast downstairs just off the beautiful lobby and waterfall was amazing. There was a room full of Chinese and Western hot breakfast items and lots of fresh fruit. Stunning. I had some great food to get my day started.
Hotel Equatorial Shanghai is located in the central business district of Puxi and close to the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. There are a lot of shops and restaurants nearby. It is also walking distance to Metro Line 2 and Line 7. The west link of Metro Line 2 is connected the No. 2 terminal building of Hongqiao Airport and the east link is to No. 1 terminal building of Pudong International Airport.
They also offer a lot of services including foreign currency exchange, travel/tour arrangements and even have a staffed desk at Pudong Airport. Just see them when you get off of the plane to arrange your transfer to this very nice hotel.
• 507 guest rooms and suites
• Great beds
• Business Centre, Airline Booking & Reservation Services, Airport hotel desk at Pudong Airport
• Onward Hotel Reservations , Foreign Exchange , ATM machine next door
• Laundry & Valet, Medical Clinic
• Basement Parking
• Gift Shops, Beauty Salon
• Wi-Fi and broadband
• Payment in Reminbi only (major credit cards accepted)
Standard Room Amenities:
•High Speed Broadband Internet
•Electronic Bedside Control Panel
•Air-conditioning with Individual Temperature Control
•Mini Bar, Coffee and Tea Making Facilities
• Hair Dryer
•Voltage - 220V with oblique flat blades (inverted V-shape) – adapters at reception
•Size: 28 sq metres - 1 king size, 1 queen size or 2 single beds
•Smoking and non-smoking rooms available
•Size: 28 sq metre
•Size: 50 sq metres
•Guests are entitled to full club facilities and services
• Separate shower cubicle
•Size: 50 - 68 sq metres , 1 king size bed
•Molton Brown bath amenities and Premium room amenities available
• Two 32 inch LCD flat-screen colour TV with cable and satellite stations
•Size: 90 sq metres
•Size: 124 sq metres
•Size: 254 sq metres
•You get your own servants to over-tax and mistreat
FOOD & DRINK
• Golden Phoenix - contemporary Cantonese cuisine
• Café 65 – a 24-hour restaurant with an open kitchen buffet
• The Lobby Lounge - a glass conservatory with views of the hotel's garden and waterfall
• Room Service – excellent, 24 hours a day
•Gymnasium (Shanghai International Club Fitness Centre)
•Indoor heated Swimming Pool
•Outdoor Tennis Court
• The famous Imperial Hall - a pillar less conference centre measuring 864 square metres
• 14 meeting rooms of various sizes from 12 to 800 people
• Full business facilities
• Conference equipment including a stage
- Reviews: 876
Rhea Botique Hotel - Railway Station: A comfortable experience
I stayed for a week in this hotel and it was a comfortable experience. The hotel being located just next to metro station, I could arrive from Pudong airport by metro. During my stay, it was easy to go to Shanghai city center and return. The room was clean and comfortable. The internet connection was fast and stable. The staff was very helpful although there was a bit language barrier. For a decent price and great location, this hotel is my favorite amongst the hotels I stayed in Shanghai.
2 minutes walk to metro station
- Reviews: 876
Motel 168: Not so good
Motel 168 has many branches in Shanghai in different districts. The one I stayed was close to the industrial district to avoid travelling too much. However, I could only stay for a couple of nights and had to change my hotel. As a business traveller, I needed a stable internet connection and this was not possible. The room was large and comfortable, but it was not clean. I had to kill a couple of giant cockroaches during my short stay. This hotel chain may have better branches than where I stayed, but in general I didn't like the service. The hotel staff was limited with English and they could not help me. I suggest another hotel instead of this one.
- Reviews: 876
Yitel: Business Hotel in Zhangjiang
I stayed in Yitel twice in different visits to Shanghai. It's a brand new hotel with friendly staff and comfortable rooms. My first stay was for 10 days and my second stay was for 5 days. I enjoyed both of my stays. The rooms are comfortable and clean. The breakfast is very satisfactory with wide selection. The wifi is fast and available everywhere. It is good for business people who have to visit Zhangjiang Technology Park and surrounding area.
New business hotel close to Zhangjiang Technology Park.
- Reviews: 27
Rennaisance Pudong: Good business accomodations
This was a very sweet place to stay. Then again, it was free for me. My wife was on a business trip and I just tagged along. They tacked on 0 extra charges even after fully disclosing my being added to the room. They simply changed the room from a single king to a double queen.
At this time, it seems everyone staying at the Renaissance is given a club pass. This means that breakfast, afternoon appetizers and a hosted bar are included.
I really enjoyed their breakfast; it became my big meal of the day and fed me plenty to keep going. An entire restaurant designed around buffet serving was turned over to breakfast. Western breakfasts, Chinese breakfasts and Japanese breakfasts. Take your pick or mix and match. Fruits, fruit juices, eggs, ham, bacon, cheeses, cereals, yogurts, pastries... On and on. They even had lattes on request. Loved the breakfasts.
The afternoon hosted bar with appetizers until 7:30 PM followed by desserts was welcomed. Not knowing when my wife would show up at the end of the day, this became a convenient place to hang out and meet up. And, if her day went long so that dinner was out, the appetizers held the line until the next day's breakfast.
The hotel is located in the area at the end of Century Blvd away from the river in Pudong. This means you're staying about 3 or 4 miles from the Pudong/Bund waterfronts and about a mile from Century Blvd. Century Blvd is the major artery defining the Pudong street layout. At the river end of Century Blvd is the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai World Financial Tower, and the Jinmao Tower. That is, the Pudong waterfront iconic buildings. At the other end of Century Blvd is the Shanghai Museum of Science and Technology, Pudong government complex and the huge Century Park.
The hotel is about 1 mile east of the museum. If you're coming from the museum direction (heading east), you'll pass the Crowne Plaza, come to the Renaissance and, a few blocks further east, the Ramada. The Ramada location is surrounded by some shopping plazas. Thumb Plaza has a grocery store that's gigantic. I have no idea what 3/4ths of the stuff in that grocery store might be but it was worth the time to check it out. There are plenty restaurants in the two plazas: Chinese, Italian, Indian, you name it. There are also competing Coldstone and Hagen Daz ice cream shops. It's a very western-like shopping center.
A block from the hotel is Century Park. This is a gigantic park that costs 10 RMB to enter. For peace and quiet (most Chinese seem to have enough sense to not pay to enter a city park (unlike me)), it's hard to beat in a city where the noise level is continuous and intense. There's one decent sized lake, a number of ponds, some oriental gardens, western gardens and tributes to heroes of Chinese history. There's even a restaurant on the lake. Century Park is a great place to jog.
Beautiful lobby, attentive staff, indoor pool, gym, saunas (his and hers), steam rooms (his and hers) and on call massages. That last, I wouldn't recommend because of the relatively high price. Within a very short walk, there are a dozen massage businesses that are indeed places to get massages. The cost difference is $80 for a 1 hour hotel massage vs $30 outside the hotel.
- Reviews: 4529
Motel 168 - Pudong Airport (Part 2)
Where is Motel 168 at the Pudong Airport?
It is located at the bridge linking the international and domestic terminals of Pudong Airport, just above the entrance to the subway station (there is a lift which brings you up to the motel). This bridge which I mentioned above is located at level 2 of the international terminal (level 1 is the arrival hall and level 3 is the departure hall).
- Reviews: 4529
Motel 168 - Pudong Airport (Part 1)
If you have a long flight transit at Pudong Airport in Shanghai, then you might want to consider staying at the Motel 168 conveniently located at the airport.
The rooms are clean and well-equipped with breakfast provided. Price starts from about RMB$300 for a basic room. I stayed here in September 2009 for about 8 hours and had a good rest before taking my next transit flight.
Please go to part 2 of this tip for more information and photos.
- Reviews: 88
Shangri La: A hotel Question
I have never stayed here, so why am I doing a tip about it?
Because I sometimes do tips about hotels, not because I have stayed there, but because I can see the reason or benefits of doing so, this is the case with the Shangri La.
The Shangri La is one of the most expensive in the city and of course a great place to stay. The location of the hotel is GREAT, which is the reason I mention it.
Keep in mind that the Shangri La is just across the river from the Bund and it is very easy to cross the river using the tourist tunnel, which comes up very close to the hotel and right across the river at the Bund.
The Shangri La is the hotel to the right on the photo. This give you a good idea of the great location.
View of the city and Bund Area
- Reviews: 88
Ease Hotel and Motel 168: Pudong Airport Hotels
I have not stayed at either hotel but have been told by those that have is that they are great for an overnight stay for an early morning flight. I believe both hotels are owned by the same company.
There are other hotels at the airport but mention these 2 for the following reasons;
1) The prices are reasonable. The Hotel 168's are all over China. They are like the Hotel 8's in the states.
2) Both are located "IN" the airport, between terminals 1 and 2.
3) The Hotels are connected both to each other and the airport.
4) For an added bonus, there's a bar located in the domed walk-way connecting the hotels, affording a great view of the airport and the ocean.
5) Both hotels are located over the Maglev train.
- Reviews: 391
MingTown Youth Hostel: Backpacker's Place
Booked through the internet. It's hassle-free and I must say HostelBookers is very good (I've used it 3x already and haven't encountered any problem yet). Though in peak season, one might use 2 to 3 different websites just like what I did when my desired day is not availble anymore in hostelbookers. Check below to compare the prices...not much but 2USD is already 1 meal for a backpacker.
Private Room Ensuite from HostelBookers.com
USD 16.07 x 2 persons = USD 32.14
paid in advance thru mastercard:
Deposit = USD3.21
NO SERVICE CHARGE
Double bed with Private Facilities from HostelWorld.com
CNY110 per person x 2 persons = CNY 220 (USD 33.83)
paid in advance thru mastercard:
Deposit = USD3.38
Service Charge = USD 2.00
Very helpful staff...speaks good English.
Clean and spacious double-bed rooms.
Value for money.
I will stay in this hotel when in Shanghai.
NOTE: If you're staying with a senior, please check with them first if you could get the room at the first floor. Going up their stairs might pose a problem.
- Reviews: 116
Heng Shan Hotel: Reasonably Good
Location of the hotel is pretty good, about 5 mins walk to the subway. There is a japanese teppanyaki restaurant just round the corner and you can have ala-carte buffet style of teppanyaki for 150RMB (2006 prices).
Room is slightly small. Breakfast is pretty decent.
- Reviews: 116
Rainbow Hotel: Very Chinese
Hotel interior is pretty chinese style. The hall for breakfast is actually a big ballroom with tables all round. Breakfast is not great and I feel the food is a tad oily for me.
Room is nothing to shout about. I wouldn't pay the amount for the hotel room.
- Reviews: 5
Holiday Inn Pudong: Affordable Luxury
We arrived at the hotel around 2 am, since our flight from Manila got delayed. The receptionist was very helpful in assisting us even at that hour. Even the room service at 3 am was prompt, although the room service food was not that great. The hotel room was very clean, and everything we needed was available in the room. They put complimentary chocolates in the room everyday. Breakfast was included in the room package, and the food selection was highly satisfactory. Maps were available in the lobby, and the receptionist gave us cards to help us with taxis. On our last day, they even arranged a van for my group, which would have cost the same if we took two taxis. I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for an affordable but high quality hotel.
- Reviews: 3
Mingtown Hiker Youth Hostel: Youth hotel near bund
four people dorm.small but clean.Last time,except my cousin and me,no Chinese thereT-T
It has morning call,free internet,bar,cafe,kitchen...etc.
Also,staff there are nice and friendly.
Anyways good place for backpackers.
- Reviews: 1601
Shangrai-la Pudong: 5 star hotel overlooks the riverview
My stay in Shangrai-la Pudong is ok. Although it is labelled as 5 stars, some of the facilities are not quite. Example telephone was old and housekeeping needs improvement. See pic for room view. RMB2,000+tax per nite.
Riverview facing only
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