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The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai
Ranked #47 of 5,105 Hotels in Shanghai
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“best location and decent price”
Reviewed 29 November 2010

this was according to me the best deal i have ever got during any of my trips.
centrally located in the centre of the city. just 5 mins walk away from nanjing street. and in front of people's square.

i would definately recommend this hotel to all. not a 5 star hotel but good enuf for a comfortable stay.

Unique Qualities: the famous barbarossa restaurant is just 10mins walk from this place.
during my stay i even had walked to the bund from here. around 15mins and passing thru the interior streets of shanghai.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled on business
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 November 2010

Boutique hotel - friendly, elegant, well located, exceptional service, beautiful, large rooms. Should be much more expensive - I love coming back! If you're spending more at a large multinational... Why? Good restaurants too.
Give it a go.

  • Stayed November 2010
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 29 October 2010

If New York's Chrysler Building married the Shanghai Tang store and they had a grandchild, that would be the Langham Yangtze Hotel in Shanghai. From the moment one walks into ginger-flower-scented lobby, one is transported back into elegant 1930's Shanghai-- the hotel is a heritage building-- but with modern amenities such as Internet booking, Wi-Fi and wired Internet and flat panel TVs in the bed and bath.

The decor is wonderful. Unlike at other standard luxury hotels, one does not forget that one is in Shanghai even inside the hotel. The hallways leading to the guest rooms continue with the theme, with the walls lined with shadow boxes containing trinkets from the past- pipes, handbags, gloves, cameras, jewelry, and more. Inside the room, the TV's default station/screensaver showed pictures of old Shanghai to Chinese jazz age music, in keeping with the hotel's look and feel.

BOOKING THE HOTEL

Online booking for this hotel was straightforward and convenient. The hotel's online service also included options for changes in one's booking, which was a major plus because we had to change our arrival and departure dates along the way and the changes were made without a hitch. The comments and questions option also led to arrangements for airport transfers (for a fee) and for options for day tours of the city and outlying areas.

LOCATION

This beautiful hotel sits on a small side street off People's Square and its museums and theater, and is two short blocks from the East Nanjing Road pedestrian shopping street; there is a mall (with food outlets at the basement and 5th floor), a bank, a subway stop entrance (People's Square Station), and even a police station across the street, a convenience store around the corner, and many cafes and restaurants nearby. This makes it quieter than the hotels directly on Nanjing Road's hustle and bustle, but close to major attractions and transport lines. Taxis are also readily hailed from the hotel entrance, where the hotel staff translate directions to the cabbies for the non-Chinese speakers (such as ourselves).

For semi-independent Shanghai first-timers, the City Sightseeing double decker buses also has a stop/station (People's Square) right in front of the nearby Museum of Urban Planning. The buses offer a convenient 24-hour hop-on, hop-off tour of highlights of the city in two routes for the two sides of the river-- both routes start from this stop. With a service like this, one does not need a guided tour, and one can also take one's time at the different sites. The Urban Planning Museum is also a must-see for its scale model of the city.

ROOMS

The Shanghai grand room with two semi-double beds (smaller than queen) was beautiful and well-appointed for leisure travelers. The room opened to a small balcony for looking at the street scene below (a similar balcony led from the bathroom area, to keep the exterior's regular window-balcony-window-balcony look). The pillow-topped beds were comfortable and a welcome respite after walking for miles through the city and the vast World Expo park, while the large-screen TV provided news and updates, including ICS's English language Expo highlights every evening.

What we liked least about the room (and there was much to like!) was the weak light from the desk lamp, although this was supplemented by a bright ceiling-mounted light over the desk area. The desk though came with electric sockets and adaptors and an Internet cable, essentials for today's travelers.

The large, glassed-in bathroom has a deep soaking tub with its own TV and a separate shower stall. For those inclined, this offers views of the street scene below as well, but the turn-down service takes care of bringing down the opaque shades that block off the street view as well as the view to the bedroom, for those who are more fond of their privacy.

SERVICE

The prompt email correspondence to my inquiries set my expectations high, and the service upon arrival fulfilled our expectations. The highlight was when one of the staff, Louis, arranged for the delivery of a beautiful bouquet to the room as a birthday surprise for our mother. As it was a landmark 70th birthday, he came up with the idea of a bouquet of 70 red carnations, made arrangements for delivery within the day, and brought them up along with a complimentary birthday cheesecake for the occasion. My mother could not stop smiling from the lovely surprise.

DINING

The hotel boasts of several restaurant outlets that we were not able to try, except for the breakfast service at Ciao on the first floor. The buffet covered the usual range of breakfast menus, including local congee and a dimsum sampler. One quibble though was the menu did not change the week we were there, so diners staying for more than a few days might get bored with the fare. But the range of choices was certainly more than can be had from Starbucks or Jamaica Blue or Costa Coffee on nearby blocks (although more expensive if not part of one's hotel package).

OTHERS

The Spa looked inviting, but we did not have a chance to sample its delights, nor did we feel the need of taking advantage of the fitness center after walking miles each day.

Some of the more special rooms on the 6th and 7th floors have broad verandas overlooking the street scene, but those booked on other floors can take in the view from the public terraces at the corner of these floors.

  • Stayed October 2010
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Sydney
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Reviewed 12 October 2010

When we arrived we were processed very quickly and taken to our room by a service customer hostess who showed us all aspects of the room. The room was very spacious, high quality and clean. Bathroom well laid out. Deep bath. Complimentary water to clean teeth. The refrigerator was not working properly so within 10 min of calling room service the refrigerator was replaced. Room service for meals was excellent and quick. The bed was most comfortable. Air conditioning worked well. The hotel is in an excellent location, right next to the metro system Peoples Square exit 14. Close to a variety of restaurants Asian or European cuisine. On departure service was very quick as we were in a hurry. Advice to get to the airport via the train system alloweed us to get there in good time costing 55Yuan ($9aud) where taxi was in excess of 250Yuan ($40aud) and private hire car 450Yuan ($75aud) . It was a great stay

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ancram, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2010

We spent 7 nights at the Langham and couldn't have been more satisfied with our choice of hotel. Unlike the grand hotel chains the atmosphere is intimate and personal, the staff is friendly and attentive, our room immaculate and tastefully furnished, and the location near perfect. We would certainly stay here again.
MK & BB, New York

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
Reviewed 2 October 2010

Langham has very nice rooms and comfortable beds. Truly five-star accommodations. Service however is inconsistent. Good location 1 block off of Nanjing Road. Small boutique hotel, so feels relaxed without the big crowds in the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled on business
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Tempe, AZ
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2010

I chose this hotel because of the location and design. It is a few steps from People's square station and Raffles City where you can find excellent Chinese fast food (nothing like American Chinese) and drug store which is similar to stores in US. The room is large and the bathroom is huge. They provide bottled water, coffee & tea, small fridge, slippers, i-phone docking station, TV programs in many languages, Wi-fi at the lobby, etc for free, which is nice since some pricier hotels tend to charge some of these items or not to equip. The room was very quiet even though it was next to an elevator. Some of the staff did not understand English too well but they were friendly and charming. It is not a bargain but was worth it for the convenience and style.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled solo
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Property: The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai
Address: No.740 Hankou Road, People's Square, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200001, China
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Region: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > People’s Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#22 Family Hotel in Shanghai
#24 Romantic Hotel in Shanghai
#25 Business Hotel in Shanghai
#30 Spa Hotel in Shanghai
#47 Luxury Hotel in Shanghai
#57 Best Value Hotel in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai 5*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the center of Shanghai with endless flow of people, there is a place that could take you back to the 1930s to appreciate the golden age of Shanghai. That is The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai.The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai, an Art Deco masterpiece infused with gold age of Shanghai, owns the superior geographical position. Located in the People's Square, centre of Shanghai, the hotel enjoys convenient access to all parts of the city with the Shanghai Metro Lines 1/2/8 less than 30 meters from the hotel. Moreover, the hotel is bordered by major cultural and entertainment highlights within walking distance, such as Nanjing Pedestrian Road, People's Park, the Raffles City, the Shanghai Museum, and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.This hotel attracts guests with its private and graceful environment instead of the splendid and magnificent impression. The stained glass dome looks so gorgeous with carved staircase winding up. The candlelit crystal lighting collocates with palatial valance creating the elegant and sumptuous atmosphere. The unique collections displayed on the wall of guest room floor corridors, such as jewelry boxes, manual-shaving-hair tools, ancient door latch, traditional pipes, ladies' hand bags, Hawksbill needles, cookie boxes, etc, all tell guests the history of Shanghai. Entering each room, the song " Rose, Rose, I love you" reminds each guest of the prosperity of the old Shanghai with its sweet voice and nostalgia melody. Standing on the guest room private balcony, you could feel the quick pace of the modern city while retrospect the past good times at the same time.Yangtze Hotel, the predecessor of The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai, opened in 1934, owns 80 years of history. Decorated with lavish art deco style, this hotel was touted as "The Third Largest Hotel in the Far East" by the renowned architect, Li Pan. This hotel used to be a popular social resort gathered many celebrities and movie stars, and it was exactly the birthplace of the most classic and well-known song "Rose, Rose, I love you". In order to inherit this cultural heritage, Yangtze Boutique reserves this song as the background music in the room, and names one suit of room as "Rose Suite" to be one of the signature of the hotel, which becomes the favorites of many guests. Over the past 80 years, the Yangtze Hotel witnessed the ups and downs of Shanghai. In 2009, the Yangtze Hotel was renovated gorgeously and re-emerged in a great sumptuous way, reserving the classic Art Deco design style while mixing the 1930s old Shanghai style together. Just like the time flying back, The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai guides guests back to the glamorous and extravagant life in old Shanghai with great charm and elegant demeanor. ... more   less 
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