As usual, I consulted the reviews in VT and Tripadvisor before I settled on this hotel. And as usual, I was not disappointed with my choice. For the rate I settled on, I got a room at the top-most floor, with a spacious bathroom (separate shower and tub), and free internet use. Breakfast was not included but that was OK as the reviews about it were not that favorable, hence I just ate at far cheaper restos in the vicinity.
The hotel is just 4 blocks from East Nanjing St. and the nearest subway station. For about the same distance at another direction, you can reach the People's Park or Shanghai museum. The Bund is a bit far (about 15-20 mins. walk) but if you don't mind walking, then it saves you the starting taxi fare (as of June 2011) of 12 yuan.
I'd certainly recommend this hotel, primarily for couples and business people.
Unique Quality: Aside from a bar and cafe, it has a resto that serves Russian fare (though I did not try it). There's a beauty salon, gym and massage/spa services. There's a local tours office at the lobby. Should you wish to watch an acrobat show, just ask the concierge as they sell tickets to those shows themselves.
Directions: It was a bit of challenge looking for this hotel when I emerged from the People's Park subway station, so I suggest you take a cab to take you there (give the written address in Chinese script to the driver) until you get oriented.
a real business hotel
Unique Quality: The hotel has all kinds of guestrooms, a multifunction hall, severval conference rooms, a business center, abanquet hall, Chinese restaurant and west restaurant which provide different taste cates.
Directions: from the railway station 5 Km
The Bund Hotel Shanghai: Great location and great value
The Bund hotel in Shanghai is not on the Bund and is not to be confused with the Hyatt-on-the-Bund Hotel.
The Bund Hotel is a modern four star hotel ideally located in the center of central (Huangpu area) Shanghai. The East Nanjing Road pedestrian zone (and metro stop) is a 10 minute walk north; the People’s (Renmin) Park (and major museums and metro stop) is a 10 minute walk west; the Bund waterfront is a 20 minute walk east; Yuyuan gardens (and old town tourist zone) is a 25 minute walk southeast.
Unlike the new hotels in the Pudong area, which are elegant but located in an isolated tourist wasteland, the Bund hotel is on (relatively) quiet Guangdong Road in a low rise area full of small shops and local color, within reasonable walking distance of many tourist sights.
The Bund hotel rooms are very nicely decorated, with rosewood paneling and furnishings. Beds are extra firm, and bed linens are excellent. My corner room had wrap around balcony windows with views in three compass directions, like the bridge of a ship.
Rooms have the usual four star amenities. The only disappointment is that my TV did not work (static only) and there is no newspaper service (English language papers are available to be read in the hotel business center). Free bottled water is provided in the marble and granite bathroom, and a teapot is provided to boil water. The mini-bar and internet hook-up have the usual charges.
The front desk staff is efficient, and the concierge staff is friendly and eager to please. A western style breakfast buffet is available for about $12 if it is not included in your room rate. I did not try this or any of the hotel restaurants. There are other options nearby, including a French bakery with tables and (I believe) free wi-fi half a block north of the hotel (the hotel charges $1.50 per quarter hour to use their business center internet laptop). A large modern supermarket is one block west and north of the hotel, and several mini-markets are even closer.
The best part of my 6 night stay at the Bund Hotel was the price -- $54 plus tax per night for a superior single (actually a twin bed double) room booked through Travelocity. I usually bid for international hotels on the web, but this price was too good to pass up, especially since the location is ideal.
Reserving hotels in China can be problematic, since location is very important -- some hotels are quite isolated and some are not in the location their names suggest. Also, non-smoking rooms can be difficult to obtain (the Bund Hotel has only 3 non-smoking of 22 floors, and the Travelocity operator even called the hotel for me to guarantee that I got one). Also, even the better hotels in China may have advertised base rates for rooms that can be tiny and even windowless, so I chose a superior rather than standard single for only $6 more than the $48 base rate. My superior single was twice the size of a standard single (320 vs. 160 square feet according to the internet description).
To find the Bund Hotel from the Pudong (PVG) airport take the Maglev bullet train ($6) to the Longyang Road metro station, then line 2 (60 cents) to the East Nanjing Road station. Exit the metro station onto the pedestrian street and walk several blocks west to the Sofitel Hotel, then turn south (on Fujian Road) several blocks to Guangdong Road. The Bund Hotel is then one block west (not visible until you approach it). It is a 10 minute walk. Watch for turning traffic whenever crossing at an intersection. Street names are well marked with in English and Chinese. A taxi from the airport takes about an hour.
I hope you enjoy Shanghai and the Bund Hotel as much as I did. Happy and safe travel!
Directions: See end of review for directions
would you recommend this hotel ?
My problem is: I found the hotel on chinese booking agent website but I haven`t been able to find it on US or other foreign major travel related sites.
Is the location of the hotel in the centre of the city ?
2) Is it possible to see major Shangai spots in 2 or 3 days ? Planning seriously for Jade Buddha Temple and Pearl TV tower,
considering Yuyuan Garden (is it really crowded ? I`d give up then),
Frenchtewn (any fin de siecle architecture left ?).
Anything else ?
You can book without giving away your reditcard number
In the webpage of the hotel is a description of the location.
Then take the Lonely Planet China and look for the position.
I dont know of this hotel personally but generally the standards of Shanghai hotels is very reasonable.I believe the hotel you ask about is near to the Bund(Riverside) and the Nanjing Rd Shopping area. You should be able to do all the sights you have mentioned in two or three days.
The Jade Budha temple and Yuyuan gardens are worth the trip.The Pearl tower is good for views only (sometimes not even this if weather is bad) should only take a couple of hours max from the bund hotel.
Taxis are cheap and plentiful,providing it is not raining,so its fairly easy to get to your places. The Shanghai museum can also be an iteresting place to spend an afternoon.
Another good place to check out your intended hotel (with pictures) is www.ctrip.com one of the largest chinese discount travel companies.
That`s what I just did and wanted to doublecheck the info about hotel.
ctrip is a good site with compact destination info. I am going to use it a lot I think.
www.Ctrip.com and www.elong.com both are good, we used the latter in 2002 and had no problem at all.
If you plan to go to Suzhou/Hangzhou, you could bypass Yuyuan, or go at the time when bus loads of tourists are not there.
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