Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai -- Had a delightful stay here in mid-November. We'd stayed here 10 years ago for one night on business and were looking forward to a longer stay. The staff are helpful and unfailingly polite. The Business Center staff were very helpful -- they bought our train tickets for Xi'an and on to Pingyao as soon as they went on sale (which took a big load off the mind of one who buys airline tickets and makes hotel reservations months in advance) and gave us a very helpful little map of the blocks surrounding the hotel. The bell captain was also very helpful in making restaurant reservations (and writing taxi cards with the name in Chinese characters), explaining how to buy tickets for the subway, and how to use the train station. The breakfast buffet, included in our room rate, offered a good selection and nice flaky croissants, which we always appreciate, and good strong coffee -- served in their elegant Rose Cafe. Our room was elegant and very comfortable (I like a hard mattress), with a beautiful view of their garden, and the bathroom was spotless. If your non-smoking room smells a bit smoky, try for another. We also appreciated the water heater for tea and coffee. The hotel's public spaces are reminiscent of the 1920's French Club architecture, very tastefully done. It might seem that I've overused elegant in this review, but sitting here in their lobby, waiting for our 1855 train to Xi'an, that's the word that sums it up. We recommend the hotel highly.
A few tips: The no. 3 exit from the no. 1 (red) subway line is at the far SE end of the garden (which has no gates other than the 2 at the hotel entrance), so the subway is easily accessed, and the ticket machines have an English icon to touch. We really enjoyed Din Tai Fung (for dumplings) and Lost Heaven (for Yunnan cuisine), both of which are a 5-10 min taxi ride away. And, if you really want to experience Shanghai up close and personal, we HIGHLY recommend the ChinaCycle Tours' night tour for a thrilling experience (see reviews).
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- Also Known As:
- Okura Garden Shanghai
- Shanghai Okura Garden Hotel