This hotel is located adjacent to a major new academic construction project. They are building a new university a few blocks from the hotel, and there are significant other academic facilities here. This region is far from downtown Shanghai, so if that is your goal, you're probably better off looking elsewhere. The main reason to stay here would be if you have business in this area, which is still (mid-2014) growing very rapidly.
I have seen a number of incorrect statements in this review. First, there IS internet available in the rooms. There is a wired connection which works very well, and I've been told that WiFi is also available, but that you need to ask at the front desk to get it. While, like everywhere in China, it's behind the "Great Firewall" this should not be a major impediment for foreigners with VPN capabilities. Note also that there is at least one English (and I think one German) news TV channel (News), which suited me fine.
The rooms are very nice, comparable to a standard Marriott room you might find worldwide. The bed is comfortable. There is a desk for work. The tea service includes 2 satchels of the standard chocolate/coffee mix, and both black and green teas, which is refreshed daily. The tap warns against drinking the tap water (normal in most Chinese cities). A local advised me that boiling (to make tea) was fine (no serious industrial contamination). Likely won't hurt you for a few days regardless (with boiling). There are also two provided bottles of drinking water each day.
I would agree that this hotel is not really "international" in the sense that there isn't a lot of English documentation in the rooms, and the food options are traditional Chinese, not "western style". However, IMHO there is little point in coming to China if your goal is to eat hamburgers. The on-site restaurant has both high and low-end food options. If you just eat in the main restaurant, the food is ok, but nothing special. If you go next-door you can get some very nice food. Yes, Chinese breakfast habits are not equivalent to what most westerners eat.
I'm not sure that the concept of "no-smoking" exists in China, but given the smog in most Chinese cities, it would almost be pointless anyway :^) There is a definite smoky odor throughout the hotel, so if you are sensitive to such, you might want to look elsewhere. It hasn't caused me any problems.
Overall, I'd say it compares quite favorably to the other "international" hotel I stayed at in Beijing. If you're looking to have a "Luxury" experience, you should probably go downtown to one of the hotels catering to such tastes. For my own business travel I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
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