The best thing about the City Hotel is its location in the French Concession. Within walking distance are any number of bars ans restaurants.Taxis in Shanghai are very cheap and for 20/30 yuan you can get to practically anywhere in the city.
True, there is a big refurb of the exterior going on, so my recommendation would be to book and executive room as they are on higher floors, and are above the work going on. We stayed on the 22nd floor and heard nothing. Other friends stayed on lower floors and found the noise and the lack of light annoying.
Some of the rooms on the lower floors have been updated, our room though an executive was a bit worn, but it had everyting a guest needs, and was spacious and immaculately clean.
All the staff are very friendly, and there is usually one or two people on reception who can speak English and help out with any enquiries or problems. The breakfast was excellant, a huge variety of both Chinese and Western breakfast staples, and the coffee was the best I tasted in China.
If you fancy a nice glass of wine, I'd recommend Le Vin on Jinxian Road - take a left outside the hotel onto Shanxi Road and its the 2nd street on the left. The wine is pricey, but there is a lovely atmosphere there, the staff are very friendly and helpful, and you get a little selection of cheese and salami with your wine. The Citizen Bar next door is good too. Also, just across the road is a really good hairdressers- it is run by a guy from Singapore and he speaks excellant English. 5 of us went to get our hair done there on a sunday morning as we were going to a wedding- they will also do manicures. reasonable prices too.
I would also recommend Lost Heaven, a restaurant specialising in Yunnan cuisine. They have two restaiurants in Shanghai, one at 38 Gao You Road in the French Concession, and the one we went to at the Bund- 17 Yan An E Road, Shanghai. The decor is outrageously opulent and the food is quite simply divine. I can't recommend it highly enough. Try the Roast Pork wrapped in banana leaf....
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