Satisfaction Very Good
Value Score Average Value
Good For Families
A little out of the way Business Hotel
My new corporate Hotel is a little out of the way since it's on the western side of the city, a little far from the actions from the inner core. The nearest train station is "Lou Guan Shan", about a 10 mins walk away. To its credit, it's on the red line 2, meaning you can take it all the way to The Bund.
Littering around the Hotel, if you care to walk pass the near vicinities of swanky restaurants are little alleyways of local living where you can stumble into a number of convenience stores and local eateries/cafes. About 15 minutes walk from the Hotel, you will exit into busy Tian Shan Road with its dragons of shopping malls on both sides of the road.
Reception is professional though checking out took a while. Took me almost 20 minutes before I was served....with the billing counter operating like customs in some airports. If they could only improve here....
Staff is smooth and polite...then again it's expected, no?
I must say I don't mind the breakfast spread in the morning as well.
The room itself is spacious and comfortable, as expected for any hotel in the business league. Nothing to pick at. But for a Hotel of its league, the swimming pool is terribly disappointing. It's like an oversize bath tub. Throw in about 4 adults and you will probably spill water everywhere. There is a gym (boring) but no jacuzzi. How is a man going to relax after a day of hard work? Tsk tsk.
Unique Quality: Business league; business class comfy.
Directions: Near Lou Guan Shan Station, western part of the city.
Sheraton Grand Tai Ping Yang Hotel (5*)
Formerly the Westin, the Sheraton is a hotel that has immense luxury, but it is inconvenient for pretty much everywhere other than local businesses and the interrnational exhibition centre.
The service was faultless, if a bit overbearing, but I couldn't forget the RMB1100 per night cost (my client insisted on me staying here) as I could have stayed a whole week in Shanghai for the price of one night at the Sheraton.
Unique Quality: Little plastic rubber ducks for the bath, and a teddy bear figurine on my pillow every night... but at what cost? I could have bought a farm full of ducks for this price.
The hotel was unable or unwilling to book train tickets for me (snobs!) and that was inconvenient for me. The neighbouring Renaissance was more than happy to do all this for me and I wasn't even a guest!
Unashamed luxury if you have money to burn.
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