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Chinese concierge at Shanghai Hilton
It was a nice hotel,the staff were easy to communicate,services were satisfactory. In order to come over the difficulty of communication with taxi drivers or other people,the concierge has pre-printed cards,small like a business card.In one side the hotel's name,address and telephone and fax numbers are written both in Chinese and in English.On the other side of the card,seven places of interest are listed in two languages.But,if you would like to go somewhere else which was not listed,then concierge writes the name and address of the place on the same card in two languages.It really helps.
Yu Yuan Lu for local delights
Hunt down Yu Yuan Lu and you will find yourself entering the other side of Shanghai. No cosmopolitan restaurants; no coffee cafes. Simple establishments selling simple local delights. Less than RMB9 for a big bowl of dumplings with minced pork noodles - this is the real taste of Shanghai!
Yu Yuan Lu is about 10 minutes walk from Jing An Shi station in Line 2 of the subway, near the Shanghai Hilton.
The Hilton Shanghai is well located, the rooms are everything you would expect from a Hilton. I booked a standard King and thought it was a very good room, high quality bed and bedding, nice bathroom. Staff was great. Laundry and business center are ridiculously overpriced, but other than that, no complaints at all.
Nice place in Shanghai
Hilton Shanghai is a comfortable place to stay for 1 night in a double room I've paid about 1300 rmb.
When you arrive at Pudong Airport you can easily go to one of the hoteldesks, Chinese are selling rooms at almost every hotel.
Its certainly worth asking several desks ( price vary ! ).
When you made your choice at one of the desks the staff will show you several hotels. As a foreigner just pick a wellknown hotel like Hilton, Howard Johnsson, Okura etc.
The staff will offer you a price, just go and negotiate and you will save at least 300 rmb! And sometimes a free taxi to your Hotel.
Ok, let's get back to the Hilton;
Check-in goes fast altough there are lots of guests, porters assist you at all times with your luggage.
The rooms are large and have big windows and nice views.
Rooms are equipt with Wifi, 2 large chairs, 2 telephones, minibar en a good clean bathroom with ammenities. The beds are large and sleep soft!
The room is equipt with a good guestdirectory wich offers you information about the Hotel and Shanghai's hotspots.
A plus for me is the variety of people staying in the Hilton, in some Shanghai hotel's your staying with only businessman.
Overhere are students, tourists, businessman and Chinese so contact in for example the bar is easily made!
The restaurants are nice and provide good healthy food, also the roomservice menu is large and offers very good choices like;Jetlagmenus, American Cuisine, French Cuisine etc.
Lots of taxis in front of the hotel and one big plus; everyone citizen know's the Hilton! So you cant get lost.
Overall; good value for money, nice clean and save place to stay, relatively nearby all big Shanghai Hotspots!
Stay away, at least for now
Currently staying at this hotel I can only strongly advise you to stay elsewhere. I have stayed in many of the other premium hotels in the city and chose the Hilton this time to see what it was like. Being a Gold VIP member I made an online reservation including airport transfer and reconfirmed this with another email directly to the hotel. The greeter at arrivals at the airport did not have my reservation and was not helpful at all. Even when I called the hotel I got the uninterested advise to just take a taxi.
Arrival is a pretty crammed affair, nothing nice about it although valet was very present. The lobby is nice enough but the check-in behind the counter looks very old and worn. Reservation details were wrong, hard to understand when it was made electronically. Service was friendly even when telling me that the Executive Lounge was closed for renovations.
My "Deluxe" room 2121 was anything but deluxe and simply bad. Already had a musty smell when I entered and the room interior is simply unacceptable at a price where one can stay at 10 other premium hotels for the same or less and get a MUCH better product. It was seriously not much better than a Motel 6. On the positive side it was clean and the bed was comfortable but that was about it. Cheap tacky decor which was well worn and should have been replaced years ago. As I am writing this on the scratched desk I am looking at the wheel and base of the bed and listening to construction noise above and annoying whistling sounds from my bay window. I called to change rooms but apparently they are all the same with the possible exception of the suites. Rather than paying extra in this 2-3 start hotel I will try to check out early and find a better place.
Hilton Shanghai? Defnitely not again for me!
High Standards at the Hilton
Spent three nights at the Shanghai Hilton on business.
This is a towering skyscraper of a hotel, reasonably well placed for business in this sprawling city.
As previous posts have indicated, it does look a little dated, and the bedrooms could possibly benefit from an update. That said, it is nevertheless an international hotel of high quality, with all the amenities you could wish for during a business stay.
The bedroom was comfortable, if a little old fashioned. The bathroom was very good indeed, with a huge bath and marble fittings.
The conference facilities are very good indeed. There is wifi in all public areas, but unfortunately not free.
There are a number of restaurants, both Chinese and western, and all are of high quality. There is a pleasant bar at the top of the hotel, with spectacular views of the city. Lounge areas on the ground flood are very comfortable, with regular live musical entertainment from very good artists.
Staff throughout the hotel are delightful and very anxious to please.
This is a very good hotel of international standard. It is deservedly five star, despite the need for updating.
A very good option for different kinds of travelers
I selected this hotel primarily because it was a Hilton hotel. This is the 3rd hotel I have utilized in Shanghai (one more expensive and another cheaper) and I would rank it as quite good.
The hotel largely has the feel and features of a business hotel. It is priced accordingly in terms of the cost of items in the bar, the hotel restaurants, business services, room rates, and so on. The hotel is very Western, but I guess this is not surprising given that it is a Hilton hotel.
The hotel has a good business services office. I used both Internet and printing services, though, as noted, the services can be expensive. The staff at the hotel also were very professional and conversed easily in English. I used the concierge staff to make train reservations and they were quite helpful. The housekeeper did any excellent job keeping my room in good shape and observing my living patterns (e.g., she regularly refilled the hot water pot since I was using it). On a related note, I raised some issues with the hotel manager and I quickly got a response and even a visit from management upon my departure.
The hotel is not that far from the subway and is well served by taxis. Across from the hotel, there are a number of restaurants and bars. Some of these restaurants have English language menus and some Western style breakfast options. If you speak any Mandarin, then I would encourage you to voyage to some of the restaurants in a 2-3 block radius of the hotel. There is 1 historical site of some note near the hotel as well as 1 large shopping complex.
My room, which was on the 14th floor, offered a decent view. It was spacious and well equipped. My only complaint about my room was that the desk/chair set up was not appropriate for those doing a lot of computer work. I was told the hotel was going to remodel some rooms.
While I primarily recommend this hotel for business travelers, I think it is good for tourists and others needing a versatile and well run hotel.
Still looking for a good hotel. Can anyone tell me what the Shanghai Hilton is like. Is it VERY clean and central? All the four star seem to be around US$150 - 200 a night. Does that sound about right? I was hoping to get something nice but a little cheaper. Thanks in anticipation.
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hello, i have been to shanghai twice and always stay at ramada plaza at nanjing road in pu xi side. It is very accessible and right beside pedestrian mall. It has a front and back entrance. I think it might be cheaper than shanghai hilton. try it !
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You will find many reasonably priced hotels in Shanghai. It depends on you. Try Pudong (new area) for cheaper hotels.
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HI! There might be 2 Hiltons in Shanghai. The Hilton Jing-an is quite alright, a little off the main tourist attractions area but you will get a little bit of sanity around the location. The rooms are quite comfortable and depending on which angle your room is, you may get a great view of the city. The facilities are fine (though the pool is a little small). The nearest subway station is "Jing-an-shi", about 10-15 minutes walks away and it's about 5 stops away from "Peoples' Square" or "Ren Ming Guang Chang" when Nanjing Road Shopping Street is.
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your price is not member price, indeed the price can be 70% off. US$150 - 200 can have a 5 star hotel.
FYI---Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel
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i always use www.asiatravel.com for good rates and service. check hotels by prices and location. have a safe journey. cheers
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Shanghai Hilton is Clean and Central. There are others that are nicer, but you'll pay more.
Not a bad choice at all......