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InterContinental Shanghai Expo
Ranked #42 of 5,032 Hotels in Shanghai
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Highly Recommended”
Reviewed 17 October 2012

During my 12 days stay at this hotel 2nd September to 13th September i found the hotel to be very welcoming and comfortable right from being received on arrival by the concierge, to check in and then being shown all the facilities in the room. The room itself is really spacious and well appointed and is even suited for extended stays.
To work the Concierge very efficient in organizing taxi to my place of work and assisting in overcoming the language barrier with very clear directions.

The other services like Laundry and Housekeeping were excellent and very prompt. The Breakfast spread has to be seen to be believed as is the Dinner Buffet.In my opinion, both are reasonably priced and if you want to indulge try the Chinese Restaurant
I would highly recommend this hotel for any business traveler as it is a peaceful place to be after a hectic day and has all facilities to indulge in and relax.
The slight location disadvantage that this hotel has currently, will not for long, is more than overcome the way they look after their guests, nothing is too much for them and are also willing to assist.
Mumbai RD

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Rachel L, Public Relations Manager at InterContinental Shanghai Expo, responded to this review, 29 October 2012
Thank you for taking time to share your comments with us. We are honored to have great recognition from you. Sincerely invite you to stay with us in the near future!
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

This hotel was built to wow VIPs and honored guests during Shanghai's Expo and is situated close to the grounds. The quality of the build-out and facilities is top-notch. The health club and exercise areas rivals any premium gym in the city and the pool is luxurious. Post-expo I get the feeling that the hotel is hustling to deal with the slump and the relatively uninspiring neighborhood surrounding the property. The hotel has a wonderful garden area and converted liquor factory on the grounds for entertainment. As other posters have noted the neighborhood is rather dismal and there is nothing much going on in this part of town. However, joggers will love the waterfront park areas and relative peace and calm of the streets around here. Suites are definitely 5 star quality with corner rooms that have stunning views of the huangpu and skyline. The restaurants we tried in the hotel itself are competent and what you would expect from a solid four-star kitchen. Staffing is hit and miss, and you are definitely going to experience "China moments" from time to time. Nothing a China hand wouldn't be used to.

It will be interesting to note how the management handles the transition from VIP pit to regular working hotel in the next few years. I suppose the expectation is that the old Expo area will develop further and provide some business and "software" for the infrastructure in the area. This being China that is far from certain. In the meantime I suppose that they will have to make do off of event management and big shows at the Mercedes Benz arena up the road.

I'd definitely recommend the hotel for airline staff, frequent travellers that need access to PVG, business travellers going in and out of pudong and the new area, or anyone who's business for whatever reason requires them to be on the Pudong side. Not so great for tourists, night life lovers and those who want to be where the action is. Having said that - Taxis are cheap and easily available and the deals presented here make this an affordable luxury. Also ideal for Shanghai long term residents who want to just get away in their own city for a bit of pampering.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Rachel L, Public Relations Manager at InterContinental Shanghai Expo, responded to this review, 29 October 2012
Thank you for taking time to share your comments with us. We really appreciated for your suggestions that enable us to work on areas where we have room for improvement. We hope we can welcome you back soon!
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

We live in Shanghai and choose to have a “staycation” at this hotel primarily due to an event that was being held there. Over the two day stay we enjoyed the pool, room service, outdoor facilities, and fabulous Sunday brunch.

Check-in was a breeze, the staff were friendly, spoke excellent English, and were familiar with the group and the purpose of our visit. Our room was on the northwest corner of the hotel which provided amazing view of the Pu River - both north (Lujiazui where the BIG buildings are) and south (Expo and Lupu bridge). When we entered the room there were sweets and fruit prepared and welcoming us - enough for the whole family!

Food: The buffet is open 24 hours and offers a little bit of something for everyone. We ate breakfast there two mornings but the highlight was the amazing Sunday brunch (starts at 12:00 so if you have children, you will want to have a little breakfast). The highlights for our family were the Sushi for mom, burgers (outside on the grill) for dad and chocolate fountain for our daughter. There’s carving stands, dimsum, and made-to-order Vietnamese spring rolls. Service a breakfast was great - when I asked for coffee, the waitstaff turned to my daughter to ask if she wanted hot milk or hot chocolate. So nice to remember the kids! However, during the brunch, service was a little slow and had to request drinks more than once. We did order room service one night and I was pleasantly surprised to see options for children on the menu - food was delivered within 30 minutes (key for hungry kids).

Facilities: The hotel has amazing grounds with a great yard and play equipment for the kids. During the Sunday Brunch the hotel provides activities for the kiddos that are outside of the dinning area, but in a safe, confined area with supervision. The pool are is fantastic and well designed - you can do laps, and they have these semi-circle shallow areas where you can sit with the kids. The hot tub is huge and extremely enjoyable. Lounge beds/chairs throughout and a small patio to enjoy the sun. Like many pools in China, they require a swim cap, and they will provide if you don’t have one - the rule is not strictly enforced. Inside the locker rooms are a steam room and sauna. We didn’t use the gym, but I stuck my head in and it is a good size (not just a small hotel gym), well equipped, including a spin room. The bar is located outside where the hotel has a villa complex of old brick buildings - very relaxing, spacious, and fun.

Area: We spent the whole visit within the hotel grounds, and I do wish we had explored the river walk and more of the area. I do agree with other posts that the hotel is not centrally located, but it was very easy to get a taxi.

Without hesitation I recommend this hotel for anyone living in or visiting Shanghai!

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Rachel L, Public Relations Manager at InterContinental Shanghai Expo, responded to this review, 29 October 2012
Thank you very much for taking time to share your detailed comments with us! We are happy to hear the great experience you had with us and thank you also for pointing out an area where we need to work on.Thanks again for your recommendation and welcome back to you and your family in the near future.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

Great hotel to kick back after a long flight. The room itself was modern and spacious, with a fabulous view of the city and river. The view at night is especially spectacular with high rise / city lights surrounding the river.

Though the hotel is nestled away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Shanghai, taxis are cheap and efficient and metered if you needed to get around. The concierge were happy to organise transport.

The bathroom was also spacious sporting it's own entertainment system! Even equipped with weighing scales to monitor your indulgences when you're away in Shanghai!

Spa amenities were good. Swimming pool, heated pool, gym and steam rooms (separate for males and females).

Breakfast had a good selection - patisserie, cooked european breakfast, cold meats and Asian. I recommend the yoghurt to start. The lounge / club area was a treat. We enjoyed canapés and pre-dinner beverages with a great view.

Make sure you check out the gardens within the hotel complex - great for a walk in the morning after breakfast.

Shanghai is a busy city - the hotel was a nice space of calm.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rachel L, Public Relations Manager at InterContinental Shanghai Expo, responded to this review, 29 October 2012
Thank you for choosing our hotel and sharing your feeling with us. We are very happy to hear you have a great stay with us. We hope you and your family will come to our hotel again soon!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2012

Stayed here while doing an Expo on the 17th September 2012. Its a 30 minute brisk walk from the hotel to the Expo or Exhibition centre; OK if the weathers good. Otherwise its a short taxi ride. Downside is that its on the wrong side of the river for any evening entertainment on the Bund or in the French Concession area. Later in the evening Taxi drivers were either very reluctant to travel across the river back to the Expo hotel or claimed not to understand the address and map provided by the Hotel. Using the Metro gets you some of the way back but still only gets you a Taxi ride away from the Hotel.
Overall, a clean. modern, fresh International hotel that only lacked a good bar that is a starting point for an Expo Hotel. The bar here is like an afterthought that they have put in a nearby shed adjacent to the hotel. It is vaguely styled as a US sports bar; albeit adorned with Union Jacks?

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Rachel L, Public Relations Manager at InterContinental Shanghai Expo, responded to this review, 10 October 2012
Thank you for choosing our hotel and taking time to share your comments with us! We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Our Liquor Factory in the 1930s original villas, that are located in our hotel gardens were previously the residence and the dormitory for China National Liquor Factory management. After conversion into a Britsh Style Pub with a modern design edge, we offer you a bar atmosphere, separate cigar lounge, out door pool table as well as live screening of major sports events. With the development of nearby business areas early next year, the location of the hotel will become more and more convenient. Looking forward to seeing you again!
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Tabriz
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

We Were at the Hotel on July 2012 for three days. It was a great hotel,the staff were very friendly and helpful.The concierge was very caring about showing you the ways.rooms were clean and food was delicious,you had oppurtunities to choose from a variety of cultures.everything was ok. The view was remarkable.The only disadvantage was its location far from the tourist attractions and shopping centers.there were no subway nearby also.but it was a considerable place to stay.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Rachel L, Public Relations Manager at InterContinental Shanghai Expo, responded to this review, 17 September 2012
Thank you for taking time to share your comments with us. We are very happy to see you have enjoyed your trip here. All the efforts we make is to meet and exceed each guest’s expectation. Looking forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2012

I was extremely impressed by this hotel. I stayed in a ccorner suite and it was one of the nicest hotel rooms I have ever stayed in. Floor to celiing windows - excellent view - superb decor - really EXCELLENT. If I based the hotel on this it would be excellent. But when I checked out - the Bellgirl took my bag - I explained which airport I was going to - showed her which one it was and then she handed me off to a different person. This person put me into the taxi and then told the driver to bring me to thw wrong airport. BIZZARE. Lucky that I was listening carefully and then I corrected the hotel staff then asked which terminal. I showed him. What airline I was flying and then he had some words with the driver. As soon as we pulled out of the hotel - the driver turned to me and said Terminal 1? I thought how could there still be any question and nodded yes. I was brought to the wrong terminal - the other terminal is 20 minutes away and I almost missed my flight. How can the staff at this hotel be so STUPID. While the room was amongst the best I ever stayed at - the check out experience was THE WORST. Get you act together!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Rachel L, Public Relations Manager at InterContinental Shanghai Expo, responded to this review, 17 September 2012
Thank you for taking time you share your comments with us. I am sorry to hear such an unpleasant experience you had after you check-out. We generally receive excellent and positive feedback on the service of our team and the level of service you are describing is entirely not what we would like our guests to experience. Please be assured that this is an isolated case. Could you please advise your email address so we can contact you directly to communicate further?
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Property: InterContinental Shanghai Expo
Address: 1188 Xueye Road (Xueye Lu), Shanghai 200125, China
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Region: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > World Expo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Business Hotel in Shanghai
#29 Family Hotel in Shanghai
#29 Spa Hotel in Shanghai
#42 Luxury Hotel in Shanghai
#144 Best Value Hotel in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — InterContinental Shanghai Expo 4.5*
Number of rooms: 400
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The new InterContinental Shanghai Expo hotel is the only international luxury hotel in Shanghai located adjacent to the 2010 World Expo site with impressive views of the Expo site, Huangpu River and city skyline. We offer personalized efficient Chinese service. “Better City Better Life” Expo theme is reflected in this lifestyle hotel through, the gardens, health club, historical villas and food & beverage concepts. The hotel is conveniently located to leisure and business areas with easy underground and bridge access around Shanghai. ... more   less 
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