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"Nice, but Could be even better..."
Like another reviewer wrote, this is really a restaurant with a few rooms for rent on the side. Of course the main reason to stay here is to avoid the corporate predictable environment of an international chain hotel. The building is beautiful, and well preserved. Although I'd bet most of the furniture etc is not antique. There's lots of chintz and faux-antiques. My room was large and comfy. The bathroom is amazing. The double bath with jacuzzi would make for a fun romantic date, but I didn't have one. The Japanese toilet is pretty impressive. I think only a few of the most expensive rooms overlook the garden. Mine was close to a blind wall, so no view and not much light. Breakfast is no longer in a tent but in the lobby. That's an improvement. Bizarrely, given the presence of a fancy restaurant, breakfast is very limited. I had the Chinese set (other choice is Western set breakfast) and the quality was OK but it was the same every day. Tip for the hotel: play some background music. Breakfast feels cold and impersonal. The lobby setting is nice and if they made an effort to give some high quality choices (how about a choice of tea to start with') and provide some ambiance this could be a lovely experience. Instead, right now it feels like a youth hostel. Most of the staff you will see is associated with the restaurant, especially at night. And that's really a separate business. The 'rooms for hire' business is just very minimally staffed. Don't expect concierge, room service, on-site spa, etc. The Laundry service was quick and efficient though. The location is good, quiet and walking distance from shops, restos and the Metro. In short, an interesting building but overall an experience that could be much better and turned into really an exclusive boutique hotel experience if they made a bit more of an effort. Now, at times, you felt like an interloper, an afterthought to the main purpose of the business, which is the restaurant. The restaurant is private dining only-no walk ups for hotel guests.
"Fantastic hidden gem"
When traveling to this location, I didn't expect much. However, when I arrived, walked in, and saw my room, WOW was I impressed! My room was awesome! From the décor to the in bathroom Jacuzzi, every aspect was great and beyond my expectations. The free breakfast was substandard for my expectations as was the service in the garden room.
"A hidden Villa with fine dining experience"
Our local host invited 10 of us here for lunch , we are all in town for a convention . Hidden in the Bund area , a rarity to have a preserved villa among surrounding high rises. . The hotel was the home of the famous IM PEI famiy mansion before communist took over . The hotel is well keep with a garden and dining area outside in a tent .The staff hardly speak English ( a surprise in Shanghai and a upscale bontique hotel ) including the guide who toured us around the property ( our host translate ) . Many antiques artifacts around the house , including the connection of the PEI family to famous chineses politicians in the hay days . We have private dining room on the second floor of the villa , very nice and well staff . The food is Ningbo style , a region not far from Shanghai . We had a variety of many dishes , including , chicken that was fed with fish , razor clams in brooth( very sweet ) , goose web , wagu beef stirred fried . Fresh peach nectar very good. . Will return for a meal , but I prefer a more modern facility to stay . A hidden treasure in Shangai
"Charming Hotel stuck in a catering kitchen"
If you love 20th-century architecture or the marriage of East meets West, you'll love this hotel. The entry and the rooms are a charming mix of Asian and Western design elements. It's an authentically early-20th century building in a city that often lacks for architectural history. As an actual hotel, the Pei Mansion is adequate but not a standout. This site seems to make a majority of its revenue from hosting dinners and events rather than guests, and everything reflects this fact. To get to the main (charming) elevator to the hotel rooms, you walk into a narrow hallway past the dining rooms and the (loud and moderately pungent) kitchen to the elevator bay, where you wait while inconveniencing the wait and kitchen staff. The rooms themselves are nice and exude a bit of old-world charm. Our bathtub was amazing! Built for two or more with lots of hot water. The rain shower was nice. The automatic toilet would have been nice, had it worked, which it did not. The walls are thick enough but the air gap under the doors means that the cleaning staff can ask you in a whisper if they can clean the room and you can answer from the bed in a whisper and they'll hear you. Spies looking to discuss top secret information are advised to restrict their conversations to written rather than oral correspondence. The staff are quite nice, if not trained to the standards of an upscale international chain. But obviously it's not a chain and that's not the point of this hotel. The breakfast buffet is outside in the "Garden Restaurant," also known as a tent. It's a nice tent, for sure, complete with chandeliers, but still a tent. I would guess that the proprietors were denied (or did not apply for) a permit to build an external addition and therefore built a "temporary structure." The actual buffet is, well, it's food. The selection is laughably small and the food itself is bare bones. To be fair, you get what you pay for, and this buffet is for the low low price of free. All in all, this is a lovely non-chain hotel with an emphasis on decor and architecture.
"Art Deco Magnificance"
I stayed here for one night because the history sounded fascinating and I'm so glad I did. It's a former art deco architect's home transformed into a quite luxurious boutique hotel and I very much enjoyed my stay here. The rooms and fit out are spectacular and it's located in a trendy part of Shanghai and I enjoyed wandering the blocks around this charming hotel.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM