I was originaly booked at central hotel (sister property across the street) but had to change reservations at the last moment and by mistake booked grand central hotel (came for check in at central and was redircted to the grand central property and they took my luggage across the street for me). i did not know what to expect, but as soon as i walked into the room i was glad i made te mistake with booking. they placed me on the non-smoking floor, which did not have even a hint of cigaret smell. the room was big, spottles, nicely decorated with all 5 start accomodations. i could not believe that for such a low rate you can possibly get such a great hotel. the location is excelent and is only a 2 min walk from the nanjing rd train station green line and is one stop away to people square, financial district (lujiazui station green line) and one stop to old town/yuyuan gradens (yuyuan station purple line). you can also easily walk to all those locations and the Bund under 30min. financial district is also hard to reach by foot because it is across the river. the nunjing street itself is shanghai's version of time square and fun to explore. we did not eat at the hotel, but breakfast buffet is 20 usd per person and dinner is 50usd/person. stuff speaks english, but you are not in te US so lower your expectations. they will be able to answer all your basic questions and if they cant understand you just change your wording and repeat but overall communication has not been an issue for us. just would like to add that getting to and from the pudong airport is very easy and cheap. just get on the muglev line at the airport and when it arrives to the city (this train develops the speed of 400km/hr and is an experience of its own. it also has only one stop so you dont have to wonder which stop is yours) get a train to the nunjing rd green line. the whole trip should take less than an hr, about 30 min depending on the train schedule, but overall the subway system is super efficient with trains running every 2min with the cost of 3 yuan or 50 cents. we have stayed at mandarin-oriental in sanya the following week and the room was somewhat nicer, but the room service (turn-down service in the evening) was better in grand central and overall the extra 200usd/ night more was not worth it. so beeing a traveler with relatively high but reasonable standards i would stay there again and would not even bother to look for another hotel, since this place is a real 5-star find for a 3-star price.
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