My expectations were quite high based on the many excellent reviews on locations and services received by guests who stayed at this hotel. Despite this, I also bore in mind that this was at best a three star hotel. However, being one to take into account real travellers' experience, my friend and I decided to go ahead and book a room here for our 4 day stay in Shanghai.
Given their competitive rates as a 3 star hotel, I would definitely say that there are far better ones with same price and better commodities in the area and nearer to the bund/metro station! I for one, have stayed in those but due to the sensitivity of the review, I shall not mention which hotel.
I found the rooms decent. At least they were clean and have no foul smell. Pillows however, were extremely flat so much so that you won't think that you are sleeping on a pillow. We had to ask for 3 additional pillows each to make for ourselves a decent pillow! Bed was comfy and not like the commonly-known hard beds that China hotels are famous for.
The washroom was very tiny though, we hardly had space to maneuver around. Sink space was non-existent, with no space to even put one small size toiletry bag! In the end, we had to put all our toiletries on the TV table.
The room light was very dim on my side of the bed and I couldn't do any reading at night. The light above my friend's bed was ok but not the best. In general, the lighting was very dim and doesn't make for good lighting if you want to do your make-up.
Only good point was that the rooms were clean and the Wi-Fi signal was strong and consistent. Staff was very friendly and helpful in general but for one point - the staff gave inconsistent information about the room key card. One said that one of us had to register our passport and we could get another key card. However, we didn't do so immediately and when we tried to do so at night, the staff said we had to give another 200 RMB (on top of the existing 200 RMB) for another room key card which we didn't. They obliged by putting a permanent room card in our room, so the room was lighted when we came in every night.
Location was good though and easy to find. Just exit from Exit 6 from Nanjing East Road station, cross 2 traffic lights horizontally and vertically, cross the road and walk past a beige bank-looking building and viola! It wasn't as obscure or hard to find as some have describe. If you fear that you will meet with any difficulties finding the hotel, just do your homework and check out Google Maps before you trip - it should be a piece of cake as that's what I did. Food was abundant and there were a few marts nearby if you want to stock up on groceries. The Bund also was just 4 streets down, literally a stone's throw away
Note: My friend's review of the hotel wasn't so good as she felt 'cheated' by the glowing reviews provided by fellow travellers on Tripadvisor which prompted us to even consider Fish Inn Bund in the first place. We even wanted to check out and change hotel due to her insistence but in the end felt it was worth more hassle to move then to stay put. I would say to potential customers to not over-expect and to be reasonable in expectations so as not to be disappointed in the event that the place is not up to your expectation.
- 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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