This hotel appears clean and tidy on the ground floor entrance. The 28th floor restaurant is fairly quiet, food is ok for a few days but overly expensive in order to cover low occupancy. They have recently replaced the corridor carpets but they absolutely ignore the major problem of noise and even though they must be very aware the owners do nothing to improve the glazing even after about 12 years of operation
The rooms vary but some are quite drab and sterile. The smaller rooms are nice. The noise in most rooms is horrendous. The window frames are cheap and cheerful. The glass is cheap they are variously mended or sealed with whatever comes to hand. Some have secondary glazing. Knowing what it was like when I arrived I asked for a quiet room. No such luck because there isnt one that I am aware of except perhaps at the back. All night long for two nights the traffic seemed to be driving through the room. It was terrible. Empty container trucks driving over a crumbling road 150 metres from the hotel was like a cresendo all night-- non stop. bang bang boom boom bang wallop. The hotel seems to have been heavily constructed but someone somewhere saved a lot on glazing by fitting cheap and nasty external facade which is highly disturbing especially if one is a light sleeper. Its not really surprising that some long term users have moved further afield. For the noise alone I could not recommend this hotel. However its location to the newish part of Huangpu and specific factories is probably its saving grace. It certainly seems to have lost a lot of its patronage. I arranged to stay for two nights. After the first night I had had enough however as I got back from my job a little late in the evening I stayed the second night. I was totally frazzled by the time I checked out. Not a pleasant experience. Staff reasonable but not the greatest I have come across in Chinese hotels. I wonder how they get their four star rating, locally I guess. More than one night is hazardous to your state of mind.
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