ok. now I have stayed in both the main hotel and the annex rooms across the road. I booked the 2nd most expensive room (approx. $90usd a night) and it was EXCELLENT value for the dollar! we had quite a large room that over looked donghu lu/rd (RM6416). it has a nice view and the double glazed windows really kept traffic noise out! [I do suspect though that the cheaper rooms are much smaller and around the back of the building with a view of another building.]
like with my review for the main hotel - don't worry about paying extra for breakfast...there is a French themed café that's joined to the hotel lobby - you'll get nice coffee and food for a little cheaper than the breakfast buffet. reception staff are great and there was always someone who spoke good English behind the counter. bang for your buck - this is a 5/5 rating from my girlfriend and I. the location couldn't get much better either!
book with confidence :-)
the size of the room for what we paid was great...with a little enclosed balcony/annex.
there is a gym and pool
It's about 5 minutes walk to Nanpu Bridge Station. Though it is only a 2 star hotel, the room is huge and clean. Room rate is about US$35.00 for triple. Moreover, the lift has a security scanner. You need to scan your hotel key to press the buttons. There is no shopping mall around this area.
For dinner, there is a Chinese eating house nearby which is selling very cheap. About US$1.50 per plate of vegetables - huge serving. However, they communicate in Mandarin.
This hotel was quite decent. It was very affordable, not far 1/2 way between the airport and downtown Shanghai in the Pudong side. The hotel was clean. Staff was very friendly and spoke good English. They have a restaurant & bar within the hotel. I recommend staying here, if you're in town for a short visit. Cabbies may not speak English, so bring a business card for when you want to return for the evening, after a visit downtown or at the Bund!
Friendly & English - speaking staff
Bar & restaurant within the hotel
Prompt taxi service
Private tour guides known by hotel staff
AC works great, especially considering the humidity at the time I visited
I have been here for buffet and brunch,
Better than lots of other five-star hotel in shanghai, especially the buffet, more cost-effective than others such as westin and four seasons.
this hotel is very well priced in a great part of the city - close to the main shopping strip and surrounded by many small restaurants and boutique shops!
the hotel has a lot of charm! the staff at the front desk speak good english and are very helpful and friendly :-)
minor complaints - small stains or markings on the carpet. otherwise this hotel is very clean and fresh, mixing past and present!
BREAKFAST - now i was going to have breakfast in the hotel which costs 88rmb per guest. on my first morning i did go down and have a look and the breakfast was fine but i wanted a good coffee so i went up the street a little and there is a french cafe that sells wonderful coffee and does a great breakfast for half the cost of the hotel. in fact there are many cafe/restaurants doing breakfast with-in a 60 second walk of the hotel. IF you are in the hotel on business and you need early starts etc then the hotel breakfast is a good choice! but if you're in a more relaxed mode and not having early starts to the day i suggest going to a cafe.
my room was 1417. it was generally quiet with little noise from the street late at night.
i will stay at this hotel again and i recommend this hotel to anyone. excellent value for your money!
it's a beautiful old hotel and you feel good everytime you walk through the gates and into the foyer.
price wise....i think it's great value. it is approx $100aud/usd a night but it's worth every cent.
i have stayed in 5 star hotels that are more expensive and just don't have the charm or character.
warning about booking.
there are also service apartments across the street.
this review is for the hotel itself - 70 dong hu rd.
The four-star Equatorial Hotel has stylish furnishings and a very comfortable bed. The room was spacious and clean, and it had some nice “extras” (robe, slippers, umbrella, flashlight.)
There is a convenience store just around the corner, and a nice park diagonally across the street (accessed by an overhead walkway across the busy streets.) There is a lot to see around the park, and at the lovely temple nearby.
It does have a pool, although I didn’t use it—too busy sightseeing.
I have seen many advertisement boards of this Hotel Chain named " Hanting " with a horse on the business logo everywhere in China. So, for some reason, I booked this hotel that offered a good single bed at the North Bund of Shanghai. I am not sure about their categories of their hotels, it comes with Express, Inn, and Hotel. The Hanting that I was staying at North Bund is classified as Express.
This hotel is consider okay in term of cleanliness, but they have a busy reception counter as I was waiting for 15 minutes to check-in. It is only about 2 Km away from the Bund, but it is not walking distant to the Bund. If you are traveling with local bus like myself, I don't encourage you to book this hotel as it is difficult to get a bus back to the hotel. It is not because they don't have enough buses, but they are too many people traveling on this route in and out of the city. Buses are always crowded with passengers. Not problem if you are traveling with taxi.
It is nearby bus-stop, supermarket, and restaurants.
It is a good budget hotel for single traveler as I paid only Y145 for a single room near the City Center.
The Rayfont apartments(formerly Summit Service Apartments), are an absolutely great place to stay in Shanghai, especially for tourists who intend to explore this great city. The apartments are in great condition and centrally located on YanAn Road west in Changning,Shanghai. The location of this property has a traveler within a short hop to all the city's biggest attractions. I spent a month at the Rayfort and recommend it to everyone who plans to visit Shanghai. The centre of the city is this area. It's a short taxi to People's Square(a must see), The Shanghai Museum, Yu Gardens, Nanjing Road or Xintiandi(the French quarter).
This property was being renovated while we were there, so the roof-top lounge was closed. The best this with the Rayfort is the location, the space of an apartment, and being able to utilize a kitchen. There is a resturant attached to the complex, as well as resturants directly across the street and a block behing the Regent Hotel(which is besides the Rayfont). These are good and well priced resturants should you wish to dine-out for all meals. But being a western tourist, you'll find you will want food on your own western schedual. For these two reasons alone i'd recommend the Rayfont Apartments.
This hotel is former YMCA in Shanghai. I can recommend this hotel as it was clean, safe, rooms were comfortable, even the bed. Free internet connection from TV and free connection in the lobby area.
The hotel is located by subway line 8 exit 2. Plenty of places to eat around the corner. The breakfast was 55RMB and offered mostly to Asian taste but the Western style of food was unfortunately poor and not worth the money. The coffee pot looked like it could have used a proper wash, yoghurt, cerials, cheese, toast (which always seemed to burn - an observation from the very first morning). So we decided to take a breakfast on the nice cafeteria (Pacific Coffee) accross the road or somewhere else. But my advise is, check the breakfast before paying for it!
The room was well equipped; iron, shampoos, bodywash, toothpaste, toothbrush, towels, aircon.
Loved the different eateries around the corner.
The only thing is that changing the subway line from 8 to number 2, takes around 15mins walk between the lines. Just keep this in mind when planning your day, as after walking the whole day your feet might not want to walk 15mins just to change the line...
this is a 2 star hotel just near the ferry boat in Pudong.It is very basic but clean and cheap.It is only 10 minutes walk from the metro station and from there you can get to People's square in around 15 minutes. The staff don't speak much English but they try to be as helpful as they can.
Very new and clean, open in 2010.
Art deco style.
The room is very nice and the staff is so kind.
Facilities and amenities, very good.
The toilet has 'washlet'.
This hotel is located in the area called The Bund, so you will be able to enjoy the very popular spot for tourists to your heart's content. For example, you can take a walk along the riverbank very early in the morning enjoying the view before many tourists come here. Or you will enjoy the beautifully illuminated buildings and their architecture at night before going to bed. Of course the view from the window of you room is so beautiful. You will see the Huang Pu Jiang (the river) and Pu Dong (the other side, very modern), The Bund itself, and various kinds of vessles going up and down the river and hear their whistles.
The Holiday Inn Express Putuo is a no frills, Quality, Affordable Hotel in Shanghai. The rooms are standard size. With TV, Safety Deposit Box. Breakfast is complimentary to all guests. Breakfast is very simple but good.
Located in a very upscale neighborhood. Just beside the river.
i have now stayed 4 times at this motel. if you are on a budget then this is a safe place to stay. i have stayed there 2009 - 2010 - 2012 and 2013. i will stay there again in the future.
from 2010 i have found that there are now no small safes in the room and no bar fridge. the fridge isn't an issue as you really don't need one in shanghai considering there are so many 24/7 type shops open. the removal of the safe was of some worry but haven't had any issues (i stayed 9 nights in both 2010 and 2012)
in 2009 the motel was fairly quiet but 2010 with the world expo the motel was a hive of activity with local tourists visiting the expo. they even had their own expo info desk in the foyer which was always busy.
the rooms are hard to judge because they differ quite a bit and it appears they are doing small up-grades along the way.
the 9th floor is the non smoking floor. around the lifts you can sometimes smell cigarette smoke.
a flaw or two i have noticed is that there is small spots of mould in the tiling of the showers (nothing major) and i suppose what you pay for is what you get.
beds are quite hard.
after my stay in November 2013 (4 days) I feel the standards are slipping with each year. the shower tiles really do need a scrub and I feel the general cleanliness had dropped as well - still it is budget accommodation. I get the feeling they are running on a tight budget themselves. it's the small things like not having any business cards at the front desk that make you think - hmmmmm?
there is a restaurant in the hotel but i haven't checked it out but it may well have an english menu.
desk staff have limited but passable english
motel168 have quite a few outlets in shanghai and through out china. the one i stay at is conveniantly located for me and on the street it is located on, there are 2 small restaurants that have a basic english menu. check out pics i have posted to help find them.
rooms are around $40>50aud/usd a night and are of good standard for the price paid.
for budget travel i recommend this motel.
the motel has free wifi - you do need to ask the front desk how to log in - we had some minor issues to start with but once we were able to log in it worked well.
just a curiosity......sometimes I had trouble using my yahoo account.
remember, no facebook in china :-)
This hotel had the cheapest rate against all other hotels in Shanghai while I checked from the internet in June, 2010. The hotel is basically clean and comfortable. It is not far from the metro line 4 stations. By taking the metro trains, you can arrive to Pudong and Nanjing Rd. (East) in 30 minutes from the hotel.
How fantastic our stay was in this large, very pleasant apartment complex with everything you would have back home! Unfortunately i did not blend in that well, but over a little time think the locals stopped staring at the ''westener''.......lmao.!!!
The location is great, a short stroll to the Lotus Mall and you find Song Hong Road Metro Station....very convenient! Also the food court on the ground floor of the Lotus Mall has a good selection and is very, very cheap for a quick lunch or dinner on the run!
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