The Regal is a good option for a stay in Shanghai. For tourists, it is important to note that it is not in close walking distance from most of the popular sights. That said, it is close to the Hengshan subway station, and the subway is fairly easy to use (I would NOT recommend using the metro during rush hour unless you are used to how crowded it gets in major cities--I like the adventure of it, but it can be quite intimidating, not t mention frustrating for those who like orderly queues).
The hotel is in a great neighborhood. You are in walking distance of a large number of restaurants and clubs. Every so often, you run into a stretch of street that is sycamore-lined--it is really quite beautiful. And it is clean and safe. There is some shopping in this area, but not enough to make that the draw to this hotel. On the other hand, it is not crowded like the area around Nanjing street, and it is a nice blend of old and new Shanghai.
The rooms are clean and modern: comfortable bed with pillows of different fluffiness, easy to control temperature, quiet, and wireless is available (though a bit slow for my tastes). The rooms have that oh-so-Chinese abundance of ways to control the lighting in the room. And the shower was impressive (great hot water, both over-head rain and regular shower head, large tub). There is a free hot water kettle with instant coffee or tea available. I didn't use the mini-bar, but it has a decent range of high-priced items. (You would be better off walking to one block to get snack and drinks, including wine, beer, and liquor at the convenience stores).
The breakfast buffet is a nice mix between east and west, and importantly, it actually changes a bit from day to day. I would give this an "A" grade.
Good exercise room (many treadmills and bikes, as well as decent weights) and recreation available, though it is shared with non-hotel members and is really geared more towards them (the signage is not that good so you have to work to find things, the foreign language ability of the staff is adequate, but not great).
I didn't eat on the premises for any meal other than breakfast, so I can't comment on the food more generally.
My only complaint about the Regal is that both times that I called reception no one picked up. I had to resort to taking the elevator down to the lobby instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The luxurious 5-star Regal International East Asia Hotel is ideally located on the oriental “Champs-Elysees”, the laudatory name of Hengshan Road with cafes, bars, exquisite shops and beautifully arranged gardens as well as various kinds of foreign-style houses scattered along the dense boulevard. This impressive tree-lined promenade stretches to the two ends of famous commercial and leisure centre – Xu Jia Hui and Huai Hai Road; and the prestigious diplomatic district is within walking distance from Shanghai’s best dining, shopping, night life and entertainment venues. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Regal International East Asia