We stayed 7 nights at the Royal Meridien, and we loved it. This was our first time ever to China, so the central location of the hotel in Shanghai near multiple metro exits, people's square, museums and shopping was great. Staff spoke excellent English and were very helpful and accomodating to all our needs. We upgraded to the Executive Lounge status, which included free breakfast/afternoon tea/snacks, and cocktails/appetizers in the evenings + free internet access - this saved us tons of money and time, so convenient. The gym was amazing, new equipment and machines, very clean and a huge indoor pool / jacuzzi area.
The Chinese restaurant at the hotel was moderately priced and AMAZING, we were really blown away at the superb quality for the fair prices. Beautiful setting too, overlooking the city. The french restaurant was good quality, but we did not like the selection of the 4-course menu - why the chef included 3 seafood items and no meats is beyond me for a French menu. If you go here order ala carte. The exectutive lounge staff recommended another nearby Chinese restaurant - Jade Garden in the Porsche building - that was also amazing and even more affordable, we were the only Anglos there and had no challenges finding the restaurant or ordering - may have been the best Chinese food we've ever had (except the Sweet/Sour Pork at the Le Meridien restaurant was spectacular!!).
Nearby shopping at all price points is everywhere, or hop the very clean and easy metro or taxis to other shopping areas. The lotus pond in people's square was stunning, a must see that is right across the street! Yu Garden was 3-RMB ($1.50 usd?) and had tons of shopping in ancient city setting, side streets and excellent dumplings - 15 pork dumplings for about $1.50 USD. Side streets with food vendors like those you see on the Travel/Food Network shows, very fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stylish and sophisticated with an ultra-modern design, Le Royal Meridien Shanghai is one of Shanghai's tallest landmarks, and its location at the centre of Shanghai on the historic Nanjing Road East, opposite the People's Square and overlooking the Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Grand Theater, puts guests at the heart of one of the world's most exciting cities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Royal Meridien Shanghai Hotel Shanghai
- Meridien Shanghai