The Radisson Hotel is a pretty good place to stay in Shanghai.
It is smack bang in the middle of several major tourist attractions, such as being right next to Shanghai's Madam Tourset's wax museum (spelling?), and being less than 5 minutes across the road from Nanjing Road East where there are hundreds of tourists, both from over seas and Chinese from other provinces, and, if you walk another 10-15 minutes, you'll hit The Bund.
If you take the train, you're just 2-3 stops away from the tallest buildings in Shanghai. Also, there is a direct train from Pudong Shanghai Airport to the hotel on line 2. Yes, there really is! Just take it from airport to People's Park station. It was my first time in Shanghai, so I decided to play it safe and take a taxi. Taxi costs RMB169, and took between 40-50 minutes. The train would cost maybe 5RMB (?) and take less time.
Or, if you want, you can take Maglev to a station starting with "L" (I forget it's fuill name) then walk 20 metres across to the main train station and buy ticket for line 2. Lots of easy to follow signs.
The hotel is also right opposite People's Park train station, so getting around Shanghai is no problem at all!
What about the hotel itself?
It is large, clean, and modern. Do request a room which faces the city (I got a high floor, but faced the other direction- not bad, but the other direction is better!). You get x2 complimentary bottles of mineral water (350ml each) and China Daily newspaper. I got upgraded to free breakfast on level 1, and that is just great! It's a large buffet area which faces the park opposite and I had at least 4 plates of food every day. Bye bye diet! Good mix of Chinese and western food, with fruit and pastries to finish off with.
The gym is moderate in size, but well equiped, and the indoor swimming pool area is quite large and airy, thanks to a high ceiling and window.
The bed was very comfortable and I loved sleeping in it.
To my surprise, there were far fewer English channels than I expected. At first glance, I got very excited at the 67 channels on offer. But then I went through them, and discovered most were channels from other Chinese provinces. Only a handful were in English- HBO, Nat Geographic, CNN. MTV. Channel 37 has Western movies, but dubbed over in Chinese. Such a pity. I admit one of the things I look forward to in hotels is their cable tv. Still, there's free internet, so if you've brought your laptop along, you can watch any tv shows or movies you've brought along. They have a sign which states they don't like people downloading movies though- bandwidth issue.
I had only two issues with the Radisson, both personal views and minor- won't affect 99% of people staying there.
1) the "lift has arrived at level 34" ding is soft, so I missed my lift 3 or 4 times. It sounds like the lift has arrived on the floor above or below you instead- like it's been muffled by 1-2 floors, but is nearby. Eventually learnt to keep an eye out for the doors opening!
2) On my last night, I decided to spurge and try their in house massage on level 7 at 1am. They open until 3am (poor staff members- there from 10am til 3am!!!) The front reception for the massage/spa is modern, but it's not until you go in through the very nicely done up rooms, and corridors that you see how far in it extends and winds around. Decor is top notch, and the room I got was called "Peony", and had it's own toilet and shower.
What got my goat was the massage lady. I was already spending RMB768 (680 + 15% service fee or something less 80 discount voucher), and half an hour into the massage, which, admittedly was quite soothing, she starts nagging me for 5 minutes to extend to 3 hours! I don't think so Diana. Such upmarket decor. Such downmarket attittude.
Speaking of massage, if you're tired after a day of walking your feet off, there's a massage place behind the hotel (you can't miss it- big neon sign filling a window saying massage) which will give you a 60 minute oil massage for RMB 200, or thai massage RMB268 for 90 minutes. I tried both- the oil is soothing, and thai- well...not genuine thai, but still a nice massage! They said they get many customers from the Radisson because they're less than half the price :)
And finally, this is not related to the hotel per se, but the pimps who wait outside at night to nag single guys for a "massa-gee" are really annoying. Just in case any guy wants to give them a try- DON'T- lots of stories on internet of people being isolated in some room, surrounded by a couple of hoods and being hit with bills of RMB2000-5000 and/or having their wallet taken.
If you've made it to the end of this review- thanks for your time and patience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience stylish accommodation in the heart of China's largest city at the Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World. Visit this centrally located hotel for excellent shopping at the world-famous Nanjing Road mall and immerse yourself in Chinese culture at People's Park. Unwind in the hotel's Vita Spa, one of the finest spa's in Shanghai, indulge in a wide range of delicacies at one of the five food and beverage outlets and host professional events in the 953-square-meter meeting space. With its unique 208-meter tower that features a revolving restaurant and sky bar, Radisson Blu is an icon in the city's skyline. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Shanghai
- Shanghai Radisson