My son and I spent 2 nights at the Astor House Hotel. I checked out several other places and the price for the proximity to the The Bund is very reasonable. The hotel is just over a little bridge from one end of The Bund (not too far from The Peninsula Hotel). We had a very spacious ground/basement-level floor with two beds. I asked for a quiet room and it was quiet but dark, just one little basement window - but when we were in the room we wanted to rest/sleep so that was fine. I agree the hotel is historically interesting and does look a worn out but I thought it was fine for the price. We had no problem getting two room keys and we found the front desk staff to be friendly and very helpful with restaurant suggestions, breaking large bills, and arranging a taxi to the airport. Cleaning staff was also very friendly and good.
We did not eat in the hotel as there were a number of small restaurants a few minutes walk from the hotel for easily half the price. Every place either had a menu with photos and/or a menu with some English translations, even the Mom & Pop hole-in-the-wall place around the corner. I tried a Starbucks and another coffee place next-door to the Starbucks on The Bund - pricey and just not very good. Stick to tea in the room or bring your own instant coffee. In the morning we had The Bund almost to ourselves. By evening the place was packed. It rained the whole 2 days, bring a small collapsible umbrella.
Taking the Maglev train from the airport will take you about 3/4 of the way to the hotel. It is 40 CNY if you show a boarding pass for the day you are traveling on the train, otherwise it is 50 CNY per person one way. Total for 2 persons for the Maglev and taxi from the Longyang Road station (I think that is the name, whatever the end-of-the-line is for the Maglev train) to the hotel is about the same as catching a cab all the way from the airport but the train is a much faster and more pleasant ride. Word of caution - the cab drivers at the Longyang Road station will try to rip you off. I knew the fare directly from the airport should be around 150 CNY and the first cab driver at the Longyang Road asked for 380CNY to go the remaining 10-15 minutes. I finally negotiated another driver down to 100CNY but I knew I was still paying too much. Also noticed the driver turned the meter off. I thought the scariest taxi ride I've had was in Beijing but the return ride from the hotel to the airport was the scariest and most reckless because of the high speed. Had I known how terrifying the ride to the airport would be I would have taken the cab only to the train station and taken the Maglev back to the airport. I talked to several other travelers at the airport and they all said that is just the way the taxi drivers are in Shanghai.
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