"Great quality for the price"
Love this chain of hotels in china, even if their price matching service is not applicable in china so you may have to check in every now and then to find the best rate. the best thing about this hotel is that it is so close to the subway and the train station. You can get everywhere very quickly and even make it all the way from the airport with only one train transfer, it only cost us 10 yuan for 2 people and was quicker than a taxi. Basically the Holiday inns in china are 4 star hotels, but its worth it to stay at the regular ones not the express, also buying the breakfast in the hotel is cheaper than prebuying it. Staff has very good english if you need it.
Very nice hotel and nice and clean rooms. Rooms are good size and bathroom is also good. Staff speeds good English and is very helpful and friendly. Breakfast is very good and the chef is the best. He makes your day. Only downside with this hotel is that there are no nice restaurants nearby. But it seems very near the subway and station so you can go elsewhere easily.
"Dated' SO WHAT. Right Next To Train Station"
Dated - Sure. Needs paint, etc. - OK. Generally a relatively clean place with nice beds and ok space. Restaurants in and out of hotel. Looks like sketchy area but literally safe at any hour. Intercontinental just up the street. But, by far and away, the best attribute is that it is just minutes away from Shanghai's main rail station right in the city. Invaluable! If you arrive in the city late and need to take trin next day, this is THE spot to be.
"Needs a lot of work!"
Hotel Surroundings: Great, literally 5 mins from shops, train station (where you can only book and buy tickets), restaurants,etc. Coffee Shop: Overpriced, the coffee is more than a cup at Starbucks and the food is cold tasteless. Ordered Room service twice, was below way below expectation of Chinese cuisine and too overpriced. Internet: Internet is very slow and keeps getting disconnected! Breakfast: Needs some flavor, not fresh and the utensils have a funny smell to it. The milk for the coffee is open and lying on the table, the fish is sometimes in the same sealed dish as the cheese. The menu stayed the same for about the 1 and half week there. Rooms: Outdated, carpet is dirty, windows are literally of no use. A/C doesn't work well. Basic toiletries were good not bad. The key for the door kept malfunctioning so going down five times a day to change the key is not unusual. Staff: The staff seem to be fine, however a little basic training in English would go a long way in having better customer service to International Guests. The bell boy and front desk clerk where very helpful with directions and arranging for the taxis. The staff in the Coffee Shop were also very pleasant. The hotel needs a lot of work, I have stayed at Holiday Inn's before but this hotel needs some attention and upgrade!
"Handy to Shanghai Station but...."
Firstly the positives. This is immediately adjacent to Shanghai Railway Station and exit one gets you remarkably close to where you need to be ( 5 minutes walk). The room is a reasonable size and the sound proofing does an excellent job. With VPN operating the internet was fine speed wise but I didn’t need to transfer any large files. Check in and out was proficient and the staff had OK English. Now the negatives – first impressions are important and nothing like broken paving in the concourse says maintenance is important to us. There were ladies willing to “come in for a drink” at the driveway, not the hotels fault but still disconcerting especially since the lift does not need a room key to be activated. I did not see evidence for the ladies inside the hotel. My pillow smelt of stale smoke in a non-smoking room. Price is OK but I would not say this rates as good value for money but it is very handy to the station and if you have an early morning train is possibly a safe choice.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM