Our first stop on our China trip was Shanghai. And we were glad we chose the Grand Central Hotel because it was well suited for our discovery of Shanghai.
We took the maglev train from the international airport to Shanghai and the subway line 2 to get to the hotel. If you take Exit 4 at East Nanjing road subway station, you walk in the right direction to the hotel which is about 200 meters.The maglev is an impressive showcase of how modern Shanghai and China are becoming.
Check-in went smooth, luggage was taken to the room very quickly. The service in the hotel is overall ok but doesn't stand out like in some other five star hotels.
Hotel is decorated in a very impressive way but it lacks refinement. Room was nice although views from the room were not too impressive.
The best part of the hotel was its location very close to East Nanjing road and in between People's square and the Bund which were about 10 minutes walking each. We loved being so close to all the action. And other Shanghai highlights could be easily reached either by taxi or by the nearby subway.
If you don't want to have breakfast in the hotel, the Blue Mocca Caffee a few minutes walking in the direction of People Square on a side street of East Nanjing road has nice breakfast options.
There is so much to see but our personal favorite was the Urban Planning Museum. My first thoughts were that this was going to be a boring museum but it turned out to be a great experience giving us a good overview of the past, present and future development of Shanghai.
The price we paid for the Grand Central was very reasonable. So if you are looking for a good hotel in a great location for a reasonble price, we can definitely recommend the Grand Central!
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