I hear that the newer east wing may be nicer, but my room on the 27th floor of the old wing is just a little tired. The TV is up to date, but everything else shows signs that it has been around for over a decade. The check-in staff were at pains to point out that they had only become a DoubleTree three weeks earlier - good cover-all excuse (though it may explain some of the service issues people have encountered in recent months). There is NOTHING in the area - the nearest restaurants with TA ratings are a mile away. If you cross the main road and get past the girls promoting a strip of dodgy-looking massage parlors, there is a very basic convenience store to allow you to subvert the hotel minibar prices.
A word on prices. Internet (with friendly Chinese government censorship) was 120RMB a day - wired, not wi-fi. At Pudong Airport we were met (unarranged) by helpful people with a DoubleTree sign who guided us to the "hotel shuttle" - this was a slightly scruffy Buick van, and we were hit up for 750RMB for three of us. I believe a taxi would have been about 150RMB. Felt a bit hustled on that one! Hotel restaurants are OK (and needed!), but at hotel prices - for example, 165RMB plus service for American Breakfast. I had breakfast included in my room rate of 1100RMB.
Location is, of course, pretty convenient for the International Exhibition Center.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to Shanghai New International Exhibition Center, located in Lujiazui Business Center, the 47-story Jin Jiang Oriental Hotel (the formerly Sofitel Shanghai Jin Jiang Oriental Pudong) soars majestically over Pudong with convenient access to Shanghai CBD (central business district). The hotel features 850 tastefully designed rooms in West Wing and East Wing, 6 inspired restaurants, a health club, an in-door swimming pool, an out-door tennis court, and conference facilities for up to 600 delegates. X-Sensation, the famous revolving restaurant and bar is an ideal venue to entertain friends, family and business associates. With almost 10-year experience of professional service and kind atmosphere, this deluxe 5-star hotel offers great packages to ensure your next business trip is a fruitful one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Shanghai
- Shanghai Sofitel