We stayed a few nights at the City Hotel. It is near everything. Also, being in the French Concession made it very convenient to shop, eat and stroll around this fun part of Shanghai. It is also very reasonable. (they gave us an upgrade because our original room was too small) There is a sweet cafe in the lobby with many international magazines and newspapers for free. We like the historic JinJiang hotel too...only a few blocks from the City Hotel. Best of all, we discovered it was an easy and interesting walk to NanJing Road from this area(thus avoiding a hectic taxi ride!!).
Unique Quality: The JinJiang Hotel feels elegant and the rooms were spacious, clean and the beds wonderful (especially if you like a firm mattress). The location was fabulous. The City Hotel was only a block away (which we did not know, so the taxi driver took us on a strange but scenic drive !!). The City Hotel lacks a bit of charm but is pleasant enough and has a nice cafe area with magazines and newspapers. The staff was very helpful. Also, the Boonna cafe is nearby (a sweet Bohemian cafe with delicious treats and fab staff); also, I must admit the Starbucks , near the City Hotel, has the best treats...amazing,really.
Directions: French Concession.
Update on the City Hotel. The prices have dropped, it remains a bargain. What made the prices the lowest they have been in many years. Could there be a problem? Well there was a problem during the upgrade of the hotel exterior, but that is finished. Maybe, they are trying to attract the customers they lost.
They put a new skin on the City hotel. This involved drilling thousands of holes with hammer drills. That is over and it is again a good hotel for business and tourists.
The location of the City Hotel is its most appealing aspect. The local, the French Concession area is a friendly urban environment. There are small streets lined with trees, small shops and restaurants. At one end of Shaanxi road it West Nanjing road at the other end is Huaihai road. Both are major up-scale shopping areas. In between are dozens of streets to explore. You will find truly unique boutique shopping and excellent local restaurants.
Tourists can get a taxi at the hotel any time of day. It is only 4 Km to the Bund and other tourist destinations. It will cost only 20 RMB (about $3) for 3 or 4 people to ride to most destinations in Puxi, West Shanghai.
I had removed my approval during the upgrade, but I give it back fully. It is not a 5 star property, but it is good, comfortable and priced right.
Unique Quality: City Hotel is a good businessman's hotel, because of the good price, desk in each room, Internet service and proximity to everything. shopping, the subway, Malones, Maoming road and the bars, are all 4 blocks or less from the hotel. This is easy walking distance. With the construction work going on, don't bother to stay here.
One more thing, the price of the executive floor is the same as the cheap rooms, when you throw in the $10 per day for internet. The rooms on the 20 th floor are the newest of the executive rooms. They are all crisp and modern. What I don't understand is why anyone would stay in a room with a totally glass wall bathroom. Do people really like to watch when their true love uses the toilet? Do they like to be watched? I just don't get this new designer concept that is appearing in hotel rooms everywhere.
Directions: Jing An District
Does anybody have any knowledge and opinions on the City Hotel as I am thinking of satying there for a week in October. Is it centrally located for shopping and restaurants and a decent Hotel?
See my page on the City Hotel.
Also, the Grand Pacific is a another good hotel in the Jing An District. I have stayed at both. They are my prefered hotels in Shanghai, because of their price and their location. I feel I can ride the subway or taxi to anywhere in Shanghai, but I want some place that is near food and shopping. Both hotels fit this bill.
Well, what quality of hotel are you looking for? Are you going to be taking public transport (metro) or taxis?
IMHO there could be cheaper (or more expensive) hotels depending on your budget. And it's pretty well-located, but if you're going to take the metro, I would choose to stay at a hotel near a metro stop!
Hi...oh, yes! We stayed at this hotel for part of our stay and we were quite pleased...although I will say that we got an upgrade because the internet rate gave us a too small room...but,they were nice about it. It has a wonderful cafe with books and magazines...massages available...a good location...you can walk,easily to the French Quarter or to "uptown." Highly recommend this hotel.
I have made reservations for the City Hotel. Can you tell me the best way to reach it fron Shanghai airport considering we have 2 suitcases? How much would it cost approximately. Thanks.
The way I like to go is partially by Maglev. If you arrive before it closes at just after 5 PM, take the Maglev to Pudong, that is part way to the hotel. Take a taxi from there.
Look at my Shanghai page for instructions on how to avoid the taxi rip-offs at the airport, find and ride the Maglev and avoid the taxi rip-off at the Maglev station. The cost of Maglev and taxi is 100 RMB, taxi only 150 RMB and rip-off taxi or mini van 200+ RMB. 100 RMB is 13 to 14 USD, changes with dollar conversion rate.
There's a direct airport shuttle (Hotel Line A) to City Hotel for only 30 RMB/person. Departure times are hourly 0730--1530, then 1650, 1810, 1930 and 2115.
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