Shanghai Inn

479 - 481 Yaowaraj Rd, Samphantawong, Bangkok, 10100, Thailand
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Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 6 reviews
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In the heart of Chinatown.

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 28, 2014

Now re-named the "Shanghai Mansion" and still under renovation on the lower floors, this was a very good night, calm too, as we were towards the rear of the hotel. Well decorated room but only a tiny bathroom. There is also a washbasin in the bedroom itself in a corner. Plenty of room in the cupboard, and you also have the use of silk dressing gowns. Although there is a lightwell the room can seem a little claustrophobic as you cannot open the window there.
Breakfast is served in the makeshift dining room (quite good by many hotels standards) and is a well furnished buffet and included in the price. There is also a small bar down on street level where you can watch the world go by under cover and there is also a band playing from around 20h30.

We paid 62€ for the double room

Unique Quality: On the second floor under the lightwell is a small indoor pond with places to lie and meditate.

Directions: About 600 metres from Hualumphong mainline station, not far from the Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha temple).

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Excellent 4* hotel in the heart of Chinatown

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 5, 2007

I stayed at Shanghai Inn for 6 nights during a visit to Bangkok in September 2007.

I booked this hotel via lastminute.com and paid just 22 GBP per night for a single room with en-suite facilities and breakfast included.

The hotel is 4* and belongs to the "Special Hotels of the World" group: (http://www.ghotw.com/shotw/thehotels.aspx)

Location

Shanghai Inn is located on Yaowarat Road, right in the heart of bustling Chinatown. Hua Lamphong railway station and the adjacent MRTA (subway) station are a 15 minute walk away, while in the other direction the Ratchawong ferry pier (where you can catch the Chao Phraya Express Boat along the river) is a similar distance away.

There are countless food stalls right outside the hotel, as well as a handful of Chinese restaurants. However, no bars are allowed in Chinatown (although restaurants do serve alcohol). There is a bakery, a small supermarket and an ATM on the ground floor of the hotel, and a 7-11 store just a few doors down.

Bedroom

My bright, spotlessly clean room contained a large four poster bed, satellite TV (19 channels including CNN, ESPN Sports, Star Sports), a large double wardrobe, a small fridge, a kettle (with complimentary Chinese tea), Chinese lantern light shades, a telephone, a safe deposit box, a dressing table with a large mirror, a washbasin, a colourful stained glass window, artwork on the walls and, most importantly of all, a good air conditioning system.

The floor was bare stone, with just a Chinese rug besides the bed.

The en-suite shower and toilet room was fairly spacious and included the novelty of a bird cage with two fake birds in it, hanging by the shower. Hot and cold water is available 24 hours a day. The standing area of the shower consists of mock wooden boards, which can be quite uncomfortable to stand on in bare feet.

Fresh towels were provided daily and full maid service was also carried out each day.

Unique Quality: .

Breakfast

The reviews that I had read prior to my stay weren't very flattering towards the breakfast, but I thought it was pretty good.

You can choose from cereals, toast and marmalade, fried eggs, omelettes, bacon, sausages, yoghurt, croissants, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, orange and pineapple juices. You can eat as much as you like, and the food trays are refilled often enough to keep the food fresh.

General

A board outside the hotel lists the names of each new guest on the day that they arrive. I've never seen that anywhere else before.

Some of the staff were a bit too persistent in their desire to be helpful. The porter who carried my bag to my room upon arrival insisted on giving me his telephone number to call him if I wanted to book any excursions, or buy a suit, or anything else that I might need. After a long flight I just wanted to sleep, the last thing I needed was an over-eager porter trying to sell me a new jacket and trousers!

Internet access is available in the hotel for a small charge, and free wi-fi access is available in all rooms.

A massage service is provided by the hotel.

I was able to store my luggage, free of charge, after checking out of my room on my final day before going to the airport later in the evening.

All in all, this is an excellent value for money hotel. The rooms are bright, colourful, clean and well furnished and, with a good breakfast included, are a bargain at 22 GBP per night.

However, if I ever return to Bangkok, it is unlikely that I would stay in Chinatown. I'd probably base myself somewhere with better transport links and a greater selection of restaurants, such as Sukhumvit.

An excellent hotel, right in the heart of Chinatown. If you want to stay in Chinatown, then this hotel is a fantastic option!

Directions: Yaowarat Road, right in the heart of Chinatown.

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Hotel with character in Bangkok

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 17, 2007

We stayed at Shanghai Inn for three nights in Dec, 2006. We paid $168USD for a package which included 3 nights, airport pickup, One hour massage for two and breakfast. We had seen prices as low as $45USD/ per night for just room and breakfast. Room was fantastic and included cable TV w/some English channels, nice ammenities, complimentary bottled water, refrigerator, room safe, nice furnishings. The bed was very comfortable. The breakfast was especially good with a large variety but not many cooked items. The massage was excellent, not located in the hotel but within the same building as the hotel, very convenient. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Internet was available for a small 1/2 hr charge and there is a nice public sitting area with books, etc.
Update:
WE stayed at this hotel again in April, 2008. Rates were significantly higher as this hotel appears to have been discovered and is apparently in high demand. We paid 2300 baht/night, (about $74 USD) inc. a very good breakfast buffet and open mini bar in room. Very nice still but much more than 18 months ago. Patty negotiated hard from asking price of 2900 baht/night. Some, but not much of the new cost is due to the USD losing ground to the Baht but that is only about 2 baht from 18 months ago, so most of the increase is just their ability to get more and inflation within Thailand. Still a very nice hotel in a good location.
Also: Internet is now free in the lobby.

Unique Quality: All furnishings in Hotel are of a Oriental theme. Hotel is right in the heart of the Chinatown district of Bangkok. Plenty of very interesting side streets and shops and restaurants right at hand. A 10 minute walk to the river water taxi dock. Area seemed very safe with lots of character. We wandered around in the evenings with no problems.

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Chinese style hotel

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 21, 2006

Incredible chinese style hotel in China Town. Small bulding with room on 4th to 6th floor. Chinese style troughrout the hotel. Incredible bathroom with birdcage, chinese bath. Chinese bed and 3 chineses restaurants in the bulding. A great experience, one of the most original hotel in Bangkok.

Unique Quality: Chinese style, great location in china town. Economic

Directions: In front of China Town hotel

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Shanghai Inn

by written on July 3, 2006

Did not stay this hotel but shortlisted this hotel when I was planning for the trip. When I was in chinatown bangkok, I walked and walked and suddenly came to a place very strangely decor. So we went up to see and realised it is the hotel that I had shortlisted, Shanghai Inn! Found the decor to be strange and the hotel to be quite deserted. Overall, I do not like the hotel.

Unique Quality: Strange decor. Shanghai style.

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Gorgeous boutique hotel in Chinatown

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 22, 2006

We ddn't stay here, but we will next time we visit. We inspected some of the rooms of this just opened hotel - new, so it has that going for it, and its very modern and Chinese to the max. Decor black and red and other colourful combinations, with lots of room, cupboard and bathroom spaces, and tasteful little accessories around the rooms.

Its in Chinatown, which is a bustle, but its up off the street. Entry is via an escalator, and rooms are well back from Yaowarat Road. Located so that the Ratchawongse pier and Hualamphong Stations are a few minutes walk either way, and in the middle of this amazing part of Bangkok.

While we can't comment on service staying there, the staff were nearly falling over themselves to show us around, even the larger suite and adjoining rooms, which were still under final construction.

There are 1 or 2 rooms on the street, but overall downside to the lovely little place is the lack of height and therefore view.

Unique Quality: Its just so tastefully done, and there is a touch of individuality about the rooms.

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We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:

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Address: 479 - 481 Yaowaraj Rd, Samphantawong, Bangkok, 10100, Thailand

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Amenities at Shanghai Inn

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  • Continental Breakfast
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

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