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Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Shanghai
Ranked #68 of 5,059 Hotels in Shanghai
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

This hotel is located just off a very busy main road so it's quiet & away from the immediate hustle & bustle of downtown Shanghai.
I got a corner room with a fantastic view of the city & a good glimpse of old Shanghai residences next to the hotel. This is interesting, the modern next to the old.
Dinner on my first night was a very pleasant surprise - the buffet had a special offer thrown in, a small portion of steak plus a great glass of wine. I would have returned the following nights if I hadn't gone out on business dinners.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

I've stayed 4 times at the Howard Johnson Plaza in Shanghai in the last year and have not been disappointed once. I've had upgrades to suite rooms when the hotel has been less full. The beds are a little hard by Western standards but everything else is perfect. The breakfast buffet is has a lot on offer. The location of this hotel is fantastic - a few steps away from Nanjing East Road, a short walk to the nearest subway station (about 2 minutes) and about 10-15 minutes' walk to the Bund in one direction or to Peoples' Square (about 5 minutes) in the other direction. The staff are very professional and the concierges and doormen are helpful.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the front of the hotel have a fantastic view over the bustle of Nanjing East Road...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Hong Kong
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

Location is excellent. A short walk or cab ride to many business areas on the Puxi side of the Bund. Lovely breadfast buffet is served. Room is clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Sacramento, CA
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

We stayed at this hotel the last two nights of our recent trip to east China. Frankly, I was disappointed in the room: it was all bed. (I guess that we stayed in a standard room.) The room was tiny, and the bed occupied most of the space in the room. (This reminded me of the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.) But the bed itself--and pillow--were extremely comfortable. The appointments in the room were mediocre. There was not enough space in the room for chairs, and there were none, except for an uncomfortable desk chair. (We need chairs to meditate on.) Hotel staff were quite helpful, and the breakfast buffet was good. You get the picture...ambivalent.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

We stayed at Howard Johnson Plaza hotel next to Nanjing E Rd. for 4 nights Pleasantly surprised it is a full 5 stars hotel with top services, all around 5 stars facilities. Our Executive club level suite has full luxury large living room, 2 desks, 2 flat screen, full marble bathroom, in every way superior than Hyatt or Hilton in the States, great value.

Impressive lobby, club lounge and the living room were appropriate for meeting with friends and business counterparts. The moment we arrived, 3 people unloaded our luggage, including a western manager, all staff are friendly and helpful.

Location is convenient, a park in front, next to Nanjing E Rd, we saw groups dancing in the plaza every morning from our 23rd floor room. Club lounge is located on 23rd floor, but no guests there, but it is always manned by well mannered staff.
With few exceptions, there is no line for elevator and no other guests in elevator or hallway, despite the fact hotel has many guests. Starbucks on the ground floor of hotel, on the back side.

Front driveway is convenient for our friends, business associates and guests to pick up and drop off. Banks, convenient stores, Starbucks, stationery and toy stores nearby, many restaurants big and small. Yunan Rd is a block or 2 away, it is well known as a food street.

There are many stores steps away. People Square is 2 blocks away and there are several theaters (stage shows) nearby. 3 subways lines meet at station 2 blocks away, exit #14.

Sofitel is next door in the same circle, but almost double in prices and smaller rooms.

It is convenient and centrally located with short driving time to many Shanghai areas. We highly recommend Howard Johnson Plaza.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Hong Kong
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

It's a good business hotel, though for tourism I might stay somewhere else.

Pros:
-- Location is excellent. A short walk or cab ride to many business areas on the Puxi side of the river (if your meetings are on Pudong side, best to pick a different hotel). Plenty of eating options for breakfast/dinner within a short stroll, and near both People's Square and the Bund if you need a short break.
-- Rooms are a good size and the bed was comfortable.

Cons:
-- The restaurants in the hotel were uninspiring (though they do seem to be popular, so this is one man's opinion).
-- The hotel overall has a dated feel. It could do with a refresh.

I'd stay here again for business due to the convenience, although I'd probably try other hotels for weekend breaks/tourism.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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virginia beach, virginia
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

I was not excited when my husband booked us in a HOJO as I would never stay in one in the States. Boy, was I surprised! This is a very beautiful hotel. We flew in from Pudong airport and the cab fair was around 200RMB. From the moment we stepped out of the cab, we were greeted and led to the front counter where eager staff were waiting to check us in. We requested a room with a view and an upgrade. We received both. Neither of us speaks Chinese and we had no problem with the language barrier as the staff spoke good enough English.

The bellhop took our luggage to the room for us and even showed us how to use the elevator (you have to insert your key card). The hotel room was perfect. Very spacious, wonderful bathroom (including a wonderful smelling lotion :) , free wifi, room service, cable tv, and a mini bar. The huge mirror in the bathroom has a anti fog switch, you can adjust all of the lights in the room from bed, there is a wonderful radio that plays all types of music (rather enjoyable) and a very comfortable bed. The only negative is that the A/C units are regulated at a certain temperature so there is not adjusting. We weren't in our room enough to care but at night, it did get quite warm.

The gym is superb. They have a wonderful, clean pool area that we utilized, saunas, rest and relaxation room, showers, up to date workout equipment, saunas, and individual jacuzzi s.

The only meal we had in the hotel was breakfast in our room. It was wheeled in only 15min after we ordered. It was delightful and quite enjoyable. All in all, I love this hotel and will definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Definitely as for a room with a view and when possible, eat out if you want a real taste of Shanghai...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Shanghai
Address: No.595 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200001, China
Region: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > People’s Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#38 Romantic Hotel in Shanghai
#49 Best Value Hotel in Shanghai
#50 Family Hotel in Shanghai
#66 Luxury Hotel in Shanghai
#66 Business Hotel in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Shanghai 4*
Number of rooms: 358
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