I stayed at the Lexington Plaza Shanghai Mingde for four nights in September 2010.
The plus for this hotel is that it is one block from a metro station (Zhongxing Road). Still, you may pass this modern hi-rise hotel a few times before finding it because there is no sign at street level and the entrance is behind the building.
The large barren lobby is not for lingering. There is a concierge counter. The inexperienced concierges give wrong local information based on their hasty attempts to do internet searches while you wait, e.g., confusing Hongqiao railway station with Hongkiao airport, confusing the domestic and international terminals at Pudong Airport, not knowing what is CITS (the government's own travel service with hundreds of offices throughout China) and unable to determine from an internet search which produced too many hits where the local CITS office is located.
Rooms are moderately big with good beds, a large writing table, and one chair upholstered. The labels are worn off the eight electrical switches by the beds, probably worn off by befuddled guests trying to figure out what they are and how to work them (clues: the lights are in bundles, not separate; one press of a switch does nothing; two presses in close succession turns off whatever it is; three presses in close succession turns it on, whatever it is; the table lamp is part of this concoction). All that settled, no light is adequate for reading in bed. But in daytime you can study your guidebook by sitting next to the large window. If your room is on the metro station side of the hotel, that will also give you a nice view of the mass outdoor exercise routines of the neighboring high school with all the students in their crisp green and white workout uniforms.
The housekeeping staff was always prompt and cheerful about toweling up the water leaking form the base of the toilet every day. A complaint about one of the bathroom light fixtures not working led to more than a bulb change; the fixture was removed and not yet replaced when we checked out two days later. The bath tub faucet was inoperative upon arrival, but a chamber maid did have someone fix it, and the chambermaid herself fixed the drain. The separate shower stall with a drain channel all around its base had a plentiful crop of black fungus on its floor and in the channel, but the chambermaid cheerfully scrubbed away a lot of it.
The swimming pool is plain but large and properly tended to.
The hotel's buffet breakfast looks good on paper but things are not kept hot, cold, or fresh as appropriate. The unskilled people handing the frying pans can, with your persistent coaching, fry or scramble eggs almost as you like them. The restaurant staff will quickly and cheerfully get you a fork, then a napkin, then a spoon, then some sugar, then some milk for your coffee, and whatever else you discover missing form the table set-up, as you come to need each thing. Day after day, they will never see what is missing or anticipate an unuttered need.
When you are leaving, the doorman will walk to the street and persuade a reluctant taxi driver to take you to the airport. After the two-hour trip (Shanghai traffic) and after you have been dropped off at the wrong terminal, you will understand his reluctance. Take the train, despite the nearly endless trek with luggage through the People's Square Station to get to the right line.
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