The entrance is down a dark, deserted alley past a micro street market. My stomach turned as I walked down and thought, this might be the type of place where I would wake up in an ice bath, missing a kidney, now lost to the organ market. Alas, relief was just around the corner, where a pinkish glow emanated from the neon-lit entrance with automatic sliding glass doors - just like in the pictures!
No one harassed me along the way and it was a mere 5 minute walk from the East Nanjing metro station of Line 2. 10 minutes from the Bund. Being a showpiece city for China, Shanghai is generally safe for a solo traveller "as long as you stay away from dark alleys," according to the innkeeper. Fish Inn's alley must be an exception or there must be darker alleys out there.
I like the split-level nature of the rooms. It kept the dust and dirt from the hallway or living room from scurrying into the upper level where the bed was located. The bedroom had a floral wall mural and flat-screen TV with 3 channels. A small window looked out into a small residential alley with laundry hanging out to dry. I didn't see any bedbugs or evidence thereof. There was no safe.
The salad bowl sized and shaped sink in the bathroom was a nice touch and reflects the trend in contemporary asian hotel interior design. The toilets are western style. The shower stall has both a handheld head and a rain showerhead. The hot water supply was immediate and consistent. The towels were small, stained and shabby but washed.
The carpets in the hallways were ragged. Elevator was slow but a staircase was nearby. WiFi worked consistently on the 2nd floor but don't expect blazing speed. Emails and chat messages are sent with a lag as the government checks my data packets for suspicious destinations or politically sensitive content.
English-speaking concierges made my stay a breeze. They were willing to write down directions in Chinese for the taxi drivers and point me to a blind massage parlor.
Watch your step on your way out the front door. The slight raised foyer tripped me every time I went out!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fish Inn Bund is a boutique hotel located 5 minutes walk from E. Nanjing Road, right at the center. 5 minutes walk to metro station, Fish Inn is just minutes away from most of Shanghai's highlight. It is renovated in 2011 to a fusioned hotel with Chinese traditional elements perfectly bounded into a building hidden in the ShiKuMen area, near SuZhou Creek and the Bund. Each room has its own decor to lighten your trip to Shanghai. Our staff warmly welcome you to Fish Inn Bund! ... more less
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