This is a relative newcomer to Shanghai, and is just minutes from the Aquarium, Pearl Tower, Convention Centre, Super Brands Mall, IFC Mall and the Bund sightseeing tunnel.
Most modern hotels do not differ very much in their rooms. The Gran Melia is no exception - a corridor flanked by the bathroom and closets leads to a reasonably spacious room with a very comfortable bed, writing desk and armchair. There is the usual minibar, and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.
The bathroom is big enough, but the shower is irritating. The water temperature does not seem to respond to any amount of knob twisting, and was always just lukewarm. I do not know if this is a problem in all the rooms, or just mine, but it was not enough of a problem to mar my stay.
The buffet breakfast spread is excellent, but there is a tendency to clear your table if you get up to get something else. There is a good choice of restaurants and they seem reasonably priced. The staff are reasonably helpful.
On entering the lobby, one is struck by the strong scent (?potpourri) which I found rather overwhelming.
Finally, a complimentary newspaper delivered to the room would be nice. You have to go to the front desl and ask if you want one, at present.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai is centrally located in the Lujiazui financial and trade section of the prestigious Pudong district and offers sweeping views of the Huangpu River and the Shanghai skyline. Within walking distance to the Oriental Pearl Tower and only a short drive away from the Jinmao Tower, The Bund, and other well-known landmarks of Shanghai. The Pudong and Hongqiao airports can also be reached within 45 minutes. The Hotel’s design combines contemporary and Oriental features, where guests can enjoy a variety of cuisines including Chinese, Mediterranean, Spanish and an international buffet at Elements. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Melia Shanghai Hotel Shanghai