I stayed at this hotel with a friend in December 2013. Our first impression upon entering the hotel lobby was that the hotel was very luxurious and was most definitely a 5 star hotel. The staff were very professional and helped us retrieve our bags from the taxi. They proceeded to show us to the reception to check in and then led us to our room carrying our bags for us.
The hotel is located in a cute, hipster suburb, where there are lots of clothing boutiques and cafes. The nearest metro station (South Shanxi Rd- Line 1 and Line 10) was about a 7-10 minute walk, where a really good shopping centre and food court is located. I definitely recommend going to the food court downstairs and checking out the cheap eats. A lot of popular sights to visit were very easily accessed by the two train lines accompanied by a short walk.
The room was very bright and super comfortable. The curtains were quite effective in shielding out the bright sky. The bathroom had a hybrid shower/bath and the pressure from the water was great. The TV in the room had an extensive list of channels.
A major con is that this hotel does not provide complimentary free WIFI. Instead, they have a business centre in the lobby where there are 2 computers - one in English and one in Chinese. You can either use your credit card or buy cards from the lobby loaded with money. This process was quite troublesome, as we opted to go for the latter option. At the time of our visit, the hotel was only able to give us cards that had a maximum of 10 RMB/card, which allows about 5 minutes. Once the card was swiped, you could use the computer, but after 5 minutes the system only gives you 30 seconds to swipe your next card or the whole computer reboots and switches off. This was tiring, as the machine where you swipe your card is not next to the computer, but in the next room.
The taxi system in this hotel was ridiculous. The hotel doesn’t call for taxi’s when you need one, instead you have to wait in a taxi line in the lobby. Although, not all the taxi’s that drove past the hotel were hailed from the street by staff. It seemed like the only ones that were called in were on their payroll, hence waiting for the taxi was extremely agitating as we were in a rush to get to the airport to make our flight. I’d recommend exiting the hotel and hailing one off the street on your own.
Upon check in, we had to give a 2000 RMB deposit in either cash or on our credit card. When we were checking out, the receptionist had to be prompted by us to return the deposit. This is just a tip in the future, to ensure the staff do not forget.
Although there were many hiccups in our stay, I would definitely still recommend this hotel. For what is offered, the hotel price is well worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the former French concession, near the Huaihai Road Central Business District, Jin Jiang Tower Shanghai enjoys a most convenient traffic, close to Xin Tian Di and People's Square. As a flagship hotel of Jin Jiang Hotels Group, the largest hotel group in China and Asia, the hotel is one of the best venues to overlook Shanghai downtown landscape. Choosing a hotel receiving more than 370 heads of states, foreign dignitaries and celebrities, the guest will experience exquisite oriental-attentive services.The hotel owns 582 rooms and suites, where high-speed WiFi network fully covered including the public area. All the guests may enjoy the cutting-edge digital system during your stay at Jin Jiang Tower Shanghai. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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