I like this hotel! Really I do. That's the frustrating part. The more I stay there, the less I like it, and I really want to like it. Firstly, the location is very good, right in a main (and one of the best) shopping area (Xujiahui), walking distance from the foreigner's version of an entertainment area (Xin Tian Di) and literally steps away from a subway station. Most of what you may want to do is in easy reach (although Shanghai traffic is another matter).
As far as the hotel though, it looks great, clean, crisp, understated design (it is Japanese you know). When you look a bit closer, it shows wear, but nothing terrible. For me, the first "challenge" came when I upgraded to a business room. One would think the internet would work better or at least the same. Oops, bad assumption. As this touts itself to be a business class hotel, connectivity is quite important. I found myself going down to the lobby to try to get a signal, which sometimes worked, sometimes didn't. Seemingly no understand or help could be obtained from the staff. Disappointing. Yes I know I"m in China, but have found other 4 or 4+ star hotels better able to either help or at least understand.
The rooms are simple, but clean and good. Security is good outside the hotel (at least the first 50 feet), though inside is another matter. There seems to be an network of spa services that exists... Cameras would certainly detect the cloak and dagger "marketing" as your elevator might be stopped to hand you a brochure from a giggling.... uh person, so I have to assume that management condones.
A nice restaurant offering a daily buffet of everything from sushi to french pastries, along with a good quality bar and several other restaurants round out the offerings. If you can get a competitive rate, its a good place, just don't expect great!
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