Staying in Shanghai
The best places to stay for a reasonable price are the various service apartments. I often stay at the New Harbour Service Apartments, but also like Celebrity Service Apts among others. A suite runs around $80usd/night New Harbour service apts is close to Nanjing Road, People's Square, The Bund. I usually walk everywhere. It's also a block from Yunnan road where I love to eat with the locals.
My favorite foodie haunt in Shanghai is Yunnan Road (aka: Yummie Food Road). It's walkable distance from the New Harbour Service Apartments. You'll find delightful local restaurants featuring food from all areas of China, and the prices are great! You won't see many tourists there, which I consider to be a major plus. It's all good!
was staying next door at new harbour service apartment, looked up this hotel in view of rates... will consider staying here for next trip... well kept, staff spoke english, rates are reasonable, good central location ... walking distance to city centre, next door to internet centre etc .. rosewood furnitures!
Convenient location - many resturants within walking distance;
Staff are helpful and honest (I left a skirt in the wardrobe, it was returned to me when I was checking out);
Thorough room cleaning everyday;
Not so goods points:
Beds are extremely hard, hope they can add a pad to it if the beds are not to be replaced soon;
Bedroom carpet is very dirty, hope it can be replaced by wood floor as living room;
Breakfast can be better; Try to eat out as much as you can.
Clean & Value for your money
Stayed here for 3 nights in mid-September (actually, I was booked to stay for a week, but my plans changed and they accomodated my change). I booked a 1-bedroom unit, but upon check-in, they ran out and gave me a 2-bedroom for the same price. The room is well laid out and clean. Bed is not as hard as indicated by another reviewer - typical type of bed in China. The location is convenient - a quick walk to Huai Hai Road and to Xin Tian Di. The immediate surrounding of the hotel is more of a "local area". They have internet access to the rooms and in the business centre, but they charge extra for that. The breakfast provided is okay, nothing great. Definitely value for your money.
Excellent value for money and quite well situated- the apartment was spotlessly clean and even offered inclusive internet. Great for families. Reception was ok although english of staff was limited. Good laundry facilites - altogether a very successful stay.Some breakfasts included in price - a good selection of chinese and western food -I will definitely come back to this accommodation
location-price-quality combination hard to beat
Booked this in Nov 06 through Expedia - this gives an excellent discount if booked together with the flight. Called them a day before, was immediately connected to an English-speaking assistant who confirmed the booking and immediately agreed for an early check-in.
A nice high-rise in an area, which otherwise is somewhat dull, but safe and with a good number of services (shops, restaurants, internet cafe etc) nearby. The big advantage is that this is in roughly equal distance from all major attractions: Bund, Xitiandi/Frenchtown, Old town, Nanjing shopping area, People's Square. You can get to any of these on foot within reasonable time, or if you are tired of walking, by cab for 11 yuan (~1euro/70pence) in most cases. Taxi to/from the airport was 45 minutes/150 yuan. Taxi drivers don't usually know this place so printing out a map with address from their website in advance will be helpful.
We had a 'delux' suite on the 22nd floor, which was clean, quite spacious, air-conditioned (separate units for the bedroom and lounge), with tv, wc, bath with shower, hairdryer and enough furniture for a small family: double bed, sofa, armchair, dining table with 3-4 chairs, coffee table, and plenty of storage for clothes in the bedroom. Kitchen is a separate small room with large fridge, gas cooker, microwave, sink and a water dispenser.
Kitchen utensils you have to rent - we got a kettle for an occasional cup of tea, but could not get the cooker to work (so we microwaved water instead). We did not bother much about this, but I imagine it could be more important for anyone with kids or if staying for a longer time - then you would really like to cook for yourself. I'm sure they would fix it though, as they promptly reacted to our other requests, we just did not care to go and ask.
Another strange thing about the kitchen was that the water in the complimentary watertank was for some reason heated, not cooled - I could not find any button to change this, so the water was warm (but not hot enough for tea) all the time. Perhaps I should have unplugged the whole thing.
The furniture and decor are occasionally mildly dated but otherwise make an impression of new and well-maintained. Hard flooring was a very nice difference from the usual Anglo-American fitted carpet with all its grease, stains and dust (have a sniff in the '5-star' Peace Hotel, for example, to understand what I mean). The maid service is efficient, they really scrub the place clean every day.
The best thing was to have a real apartment with more than one rooms and windows with different views, instead of being locked in a 'single cell' confinement, however luxurious that might be. Being able to rest when your partner is watching TV or working in the other room is also essential for a jet-lagged traveler.
Most serviced apartments I stayed in before compromise on service in some way: they would provide cleaning only once a week and will frequently charge you for a final cleaning; they almost never have typical hotel facilities. This is not the case at the New Harbour though: you get daily cleaning at no extra charge, 24/7 reception service, swimming pool with sauna, business centre with Internet PCs, breakfast (good), 2 restaurants (decent), a bar (hugely overpriced), fridge with drinks (cheap) and hairdressers (good and very cheap).
Breakfast is included for one person, for more people you have to pay 50 yuan (5euro/3.3pounds) per person - very reasonable for the varied and substantial fare (both Chinese and European) you get there.
Most staff speaks some English, so we did not have many problems with this. They are not overly friendly but are sufficiently efficient.
Among the glitches, I already listed the gas cooker thing (they didn't seem to charge for the kettle though). Another mild problem was with all PCs using Chinese version of Windows - which means you don't know which button to click to stop the thing from saving your passwords. One PC in the business centre seemed infested with spyware throwing up cascade windows so it might not be wise to type in any sensitive information there. Also, I tried to follow their instructions to connect to the Internet by dial-up from the room but this did not work. They offered an ethernet cable for 70 yuan a day which I did not take as I only needed to check my mail couple times, so I can't say how good this is.
In a nutshell, having seen the different areas of Shanghai, I think this is a very good option in terms of price, location and quality. I think it would be even more valuable for anyone who opts for self-catering holidays there.
New Harbour Service Apartment, Shanghai
Hello all, i am jsut wondering if anyone has stayed at the New Harbour in Shanghai before, and what was your experience. A review on the place would be fantastic.
Re: New Harbour Service Apartment, Shanghai
My answer could be a wee bit late.
I was in Shanghai last month and stayed 6 nights at New Harbour Service Apartment.
Initially I found the apartment to be average, until I was given an upgraded room on a higher floor ( 28th) with spectacular view ,I was then realized that it was very good value .Location was not too bad,about 15 minutes walk to most of the main attraction. I was happy in general about the service and the apartment. However , I was very disappointed with the attitude of some people working on the reception. In my opinion many of them were just plainly not suited for the positions.
Finally I would say do not expect too much from this place. Try book a higher floor apartment for better room.