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Magnificent International Plaza Hotel
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

Clean and convenient place to stay. Breakfast not great, but cannot complaint for the price we paid for the room. Near to the mas rapid line too. Internet services good with free use of the computers at the main lobby area.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank super2hero
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

Don't be fooled by the name - the hotel itself is far from Magnificent!
What it does have going for it are two key things: price and location.
I booked through a travel agent in Australia and paid $55 per night including breakfast. I think you'd be hard pressed to beat that and still be so central in Shanghai.
The hotel is quite central to everything - close to the metro if you want to see the city that way, but close enough to walk also. The People's Square is a 5-10min walk north, and Old Shanghai/Yuyuan a similar distance south then east. I also waled from the hotel to the Bund and To Nanjing Rd, although this is more for those who like to get a feel for a city by pounding th pavements.
The hotel itself is adequate. Mattresses are quite firm but that's pretty common anywhere in China. Rooms are decent but nothing special. Elevator is quite slow so while I enjoyed the view from the 19th (top) floor, at times it was a frustrating wait to get out. Breakfast buffet is fine, but nothing to write home about. The Chinese options are probably better than the Western ones. TV in the room had about 70 channels, and a any time I seemed to be ale to find 2-3 in English, but had to go searching because they varied! Best tips are channel 11, and somewhere between 48 and 58.
Reception staff: it seemed that there was always one person working who could speak English well enough, but only one, which often meant waiting for them to deal with a queue because other staff are reluctant to help non Chinese speakers.
Internet is available on a few computers in the lobby for free.
If you're planning to arrive by taxi, make sure you print the hotel name and address in Chinese characters to give them!! Even then it didn't seem well known, but it is on a well known street so if you know the number you can help them figure it out. The hotel will give you cards with the address in Chinese to use once youre there.

Room Tip: Choose between a good view and waiting for elevator!
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank Mel904
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Reviewed 30 September 2011

This hotel is located 10mins walk to Nanjing Lu which is the main shopping street in Shanghai with numerous locals and tourists walking all thru the day. Hotel is basic with just to sleep at while you tour the city the whole day. Breakfast is included in the rate of RMB:400/- per night. Rooms are average and would be best to stay on a higher floor for a scenic view of the city.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled on business
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Thank DavidGonsalves7
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

The service in this hotel is quite good. However, you cannot exchange the money in the hotel. The hotel is decent for it's price and good for a short stay. You get all you need for 1 or 2 nights and breakfest is included.
The only thing is that nobody knows the location of the hotel so it is hard to find. We used subway and when we knew where the hotel is, took taxis. We felt like we were kidnapping the taxis, because the taxi drivers had no idea where they're going. Not to mention the fact that nobody speaks English in Shanghai....

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Agnieszka L
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

You couldn't pay me to stay at this hotel ever again. We checked out the next morning. I was there with a group of friends and we had 5 rooms. Room interiors were old and stained. I didn't want to touch anything. The carpet was disgusting. The ceiling had a leak and there was mold on and around the air vents. The air conditioning didn't work well and the elevator was slow. We even changed one room for a small improvement. The bed and pillows were hard as rocks like sleeping on a floor. The hall carpet smelled and reminded us of scary movie. The breakfast was awful. and the staff was unfriendly. We couldn't wait to leave. Staying at this hotel any longer would have ruined our trip.

Room Tip: Find another hotel.
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Patricia H
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