I'm writing this review because many of the reviews for this hotel were positive, and given the price and where the hotel claimed their location was it seemed like a fair deal, but I assure you that after my stay there it was anything but a fair deal. The main issue with the hotel was that they charged for amenities I did not use and for other things, such as the cost of replacing "stained sheets," that were not done in good faith. You have the option of paying the deposit with your credit card, or in RMB. I paid in RMB because I didn't want to pay for a foreign transaction charge, but I believe now that that was a mistake. Whereas with a credit card you might be able to fight the charges, as a foreigner there is nothing you can do when they keep your RMB deposit. Whatever the listed price is for the hotel, be sure to include an additional fee of 200RMB because this hotel will be making ridiculous charges to your account so that you will not be receiving back your deposit if you are a foreigner. I, for example, had to pay for "stained" bed sheets upon check out. Although the sheets appeared clean, if I was sleeping in "stained bed sheets" the night before, that raises serious questions about this hotel's cleanliness. If you do not mind fraudulent charges, then this hotel is for you because they will be sure to take full advantage of you. If you are like me, and would prefer to stay at a hotel that may be a little bit pricier but is honest, I recommend you take the price of this hotel and see what you can get by adding 200RMB to the price because when you check out that's what you are going to have to pay anyways.
Aside from the hotel's exploitation of foreigners, the rooms are tiny. There was barely enough room for two suitcases and two people. We had to put the suitcases at the side of the bed and when getting off the bed we had to go to the foot of the bed to leave the bed. I've stayed in hostels larger than this. And the rooms REEK of cigarette smoke. The bed felt like sleeping on wood, but honestly I like a stiff bed so I didn't mind that. My girlfriend did mind. The English of the hotel staff is poor, but for this price I was expecting that. Two people that work there speak english, but very poorly; do not go here unless you speak basic chinese and want to pay 200RMB more than the listed price.
The hotel was not exactly honest about its location. It is not near the bund. It is actually in an older, historically chinese part of town. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but if that's where your hotel is you shouldn't advertise it as adjacent to the bund. That is dishonest and deceptive. The hotel also says its near Sichuan shopping area: I walked down there but its still not that close. Also, Sichuan is like a less interesting East Nanjing Street and really isn't that interesting. It is closer to the Bund than East Nanjing Street, and as I already said, it is nowhere near the Bund (meaning that its nowhere near East Nanjing Street). What the hotel IS nearby is a chinese clothing market. As a foreigner, none of the clothes are going to fit you (unless you're REALLY skinny and even then it's a toss up - be sure to haggle if you do see something that fits), but what will fit you are the fake watches they sell there. And you are going to be sure of where to go to get those fake watches based upon the hordes of salesmen that hang outside the hotel and seize upon any foreigner exiting the building. Just a fair warning: even if you say, "NO," they are still going to follow you and continue to ask you if you want a "Real Rolex" for one block minimum at least.
To summarize, if you enjoy being lied to about where a hotel is, if you enjoy paying for fraudulent charges you did not make, and the sole reason you came to Shanghai was to commit trademark violations, then New Asia Hotel has a room waiting for you. But, if you came to Shanghai to enjoy Shanghai and would prefer to spend your time seeing Shanghai as opposed to arguing with hotel management, then you should stay in a hotel that is honest. And if you're worried about not being able to find any fake goods while in China, don't worry - take the subway to the Tiantong Road Stop on Line 10 and it lets you off into the mall. Or just take a day trip to Suzhou - everything's cheaper in Suzhou anyways and its beautiful.
Take up smoking because then you won't mind the smell.
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