We stayed on our most recent business trip to Shanghai, and surprisingly it did not turn out to be overly expensive considering its excellent location and spacious rooms.
We opted for the most basic studio room yet the room size still exceeded my expectations (roughly 70-80 sqm.?), or maybe I have lived in Hong Kong for too long? Then again, it's definitely larger than most hotel's standard room. ifc residence is in fact a serviced apartment, so the room actually comes with a full kitchen and all. Downstairs at the lobby and loung, it also felt more like a high-end apartment than hotel.
Location wise, it is almost perfect if you're in town for business and your major activities are in Pudong. It's literally at the heart of the business district. Downstairs (actually interconnected) is the ifc mall and office towers. The subway station (Lujiazui Station) is a walk away, and the river is about a block west. Oriental Pearl Tower is also within walking distance. Also, Ritz-Carlton and Shagri-la are next door and across the street, so that's how good the location is. However, if you are in Shanghai for sightseeing or most of your engagements will be on the Puxi side, than you might have some issues. Moreover, being in the heart of business district certainly has its down side; the surroundings are almost all office towers, so it does not feel as lively as some parts over in Puxi.
Staff service is not impeccable but definitely good and helpful.
A place I would recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally housed in an iconic building in Lujiazui financial district, ifc residence is located in the heart of the pudong lujiazui business and financial district. Walking distance to Jinmao tower, Shanghai world financial center, Oriental pearl TV tower and the bund. Ifc residence a well-equipped gym for those wanting to maintain their work out routine. A garden, a terrace, children’s playground and business center are available. Located at the top of the residenceis the two-tiered leisure and fitness facilities. Residents are first greeted with a large outdoor terrace with sunken lounge banquettes – a place to admire the commanding views of shanghai’s every – changing cityscape. The next delight is the playful nature – inspired children’s area as well as a state-of-the-art fitness studio lined in solid planks of natural oak. Via a sculptural curved staircase, guests are taken to the lower level whereby a 25m skypool is found. With a soaring 9m glass ceiling, cascading waterfall and cabana seating, the infinity pool creates an aspirational moment within the residence. ... more less
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