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Shanghai Fish Inn Bund
Ranked #90 of 5,205 Hotels in Shanghai
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

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!

Room Tip: 2nd floor has more consistent WiFi than upper floors
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

On arrival we were so happy to receive such a warm welcome and presented with helpful staff. It had a good location close to the Metro (approx 10 min walk)- 3 streets north from metro station. We had many attractions 10 min walk to the Bund and Nanjing Rd. The room was clean and tidy and provided good value for money.

Many local restaurants in the area, and the staff helped us choose wisely. Yang's Dried dumplings was literally around the corner and had great noodles and dumplings.

We were allowed to check in early, which we greatly appreciated. Candice provided great email instructions re how to arrive from airport, and was extremely helpful during our stay- to organise trains and trips. We are very appreciative.

Free wifi in rooms and lobby. Also had internet linked laptop down at reception that was great.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Mark C
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Reviewed 1 November 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Fish Inn for 5 nights. It is in a quiet and convenient location, walking distance to the bund, shopping areas and a metro station. Rooms were very clean and comfortable. It was the first good night's sleep we got in our trip to China. The WiFi didn't really work on the 3rd floor but other than that everything was perfect and it was a great value.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Helpful staff, good location close to the Metro and many attractions 10 min walk to the Bund and Nanjing Rd. The room was clean and tidy and provided good value for money.

Many local restaurants in the area, in 4 days we didnt have bad meal (22 -48 Yuen per meal & 12 for beer) many restaurants refused to accept tips.

We went to see the ERA acrobats (200 a ticket & 6 yuen on the metro) - The show was absolutely amazing!! We turned up at 19:15 for a 19:30 show ( Tuesday) there werent many tickets left...

Room Tip: We were in a suite (205) not much of a view but extremely quiet. Good wi-fi connection as well.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

We booked a deluxe and suite for 5 of us and were give a free upgrade for our deluxe room to suite. Our rooms were ready by around 10.30am! Thank you. You don't know how tired we were.

The staffs are good in English with good manners and helpful. The rooms are gorgeous and clean. Most importantly the shower and toilet is clean. However do note that water leaks out from the shower door and sometimes you could hear footsteps from outside. Also beware of spiders if your suite bed is on the floor.

The hotel is strategic located. It's near East Nanjing Road Metro, Nanjing Road and The Bund. There's also convenient store like Family Mart, a bakery, a Chinese bun shop, fruits shops, small supermarkets and restaurants nearby.

The staff helped us book a taxi van for our trip to the airport. Thank you.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

I cannot recommend that anyone stay here. It is at best a two-star affair, and quite a shabby one at that. I did not stay more than one night. My room had bugs by the bed (I think they were spiders, but I didn't stay to find out) and I quickly moved to another hotel. The only good thing was the staff.

My "suite" was terrible. My friends' two twin room was nicer, and it still wasn't "nice." The carpet in the hallways appears to be reused from a bar bathroom. The room was not up to my standards of clean. The mattress was just on the floor. When pulled away from the wall slightly, I discovered piles of dust bunnies and the aforementioned spiders (or whatever they were). Inexplicably, my friends had box springs under their beds. No idea why. Their room had more or less real hotel furniture. Mine wasn't even from IKEA; it seemed like the stuff you find at a rent-to-own store.

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Reviewed 5 October 2013

My wife an I stayed at Shanghai Fish Inn Bund for 5 nights in the beggining of September.
The Inn was very welcoming from the minute we booked our room. A few minutes after booking we got a confirmation email that also had a warning about a common scam that many tourists get sucked into so it made us feel like somebody’s taking care of us even before we left to China.
The Inn’s directions from the metro station were great. They recommended exiting the metro station from exit 6 but if you don’t have much luggage you can exit from exit 5 so you’ll be on the right side of the street. If you have heavy luggage, use exit 6 as they recommended (since that exit has escalators) and cross the street.
Our double room was big and had a small balcony and a TV (though it only had Chinese channels). The bed was very comfortable! The mattress was soft, unlike most Chinese mattresses that are very hard.
The inn supplied towels, soap, shampoo, mosquito repelling tablets (to use with an electric device that was in the room) and 2 free small bottles of mineral water per day.
The receptionist had great English and was very helpful when we had questions about Shanghai but also when we needed other help (she called our hostel in Lijiang for us since no one in that hostel spoke English and she gave us a note asking for a train ticket to our next destination so we won’t have any trouble). The lobby has a computer that guests can use and the rooms have cables so you could hook up your lap top for free internet.
The Fish Inn Bund’s location is very good! It’s very close to a metro station, a couple of minutes walk from a small grocery store and a couple of banks, about 10 minutes walk from the Bund and from Nanjing Road. It’s also about 2 minutes walk from a very nice bakery (walk towards the metro station and take the first right) and a small shop that sells “baozi”, which is a steamed bun, that’s delicious!

If we're ever in Shanghai again, we're definitely staying at the Fish Inn Bund!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: No.639 Henan Middle Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200001, China
Region: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #90 of 5,205 Hotels in Shanghai
Price Range: £27 - £58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Shanghai Fish Inn Bund 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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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