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Asset Hotel Shanghai
Ranked #457 of 5,032 Hotels in Shanghai
Fort Worth, TX
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101 reviews
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“A Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 4 February 2008

Before I arrived I was worried about a sub-$100 [USD] hotel in Shanghai. Having to cut through a parking lot and up between some tall buildings to find the entrance did not ease my worries either... but..

This hotel is really a gem. By Western standards, I would say it's a 3 star hotel. Not many amenities, the rooms are a bit plain, some rooms are small.

I chose to upgrade [why not, the price was right] and found myself in a 2-room suite with a large living room and bedroom. Rooms are very plain [now I'm repeating myself, so, it must be true]. I commented to the hotel manager as I was leaving and she said they were working with a consulting company on updating the colors and furniture.. Honestly, this would be a awesome place to turn into an art-deco-style hotel... Lots of potential.. I'm looking forward to seeing what they turn it into..

On the plus side, the hotel staff is excellent... Very excellent. Warm and friendly. Rooms were very clean. Beds were comfortable [not hard!]. The internet connection was speedy [not always the case in China hotels] and there were some good places to eat [local food] nearby.

Check out the location carefully before booking. If your business in Shanghai is on this side of town, this hotel is highly recommended. If you'll be heading to do tourist stuff on the Bund, this is not a good location as the direct subway line around the south side of the city (between here [Dong An Lu station] and the Bund) is not yet completed. You'll need to go way around through the city center if you're riding the trains.

Shanghai is one of my favorite cities in the world and this hotel is a very nice bargain if you find it to be in a convenient location. If you want a more central location, check out "The Bund Hotel" for another great bargain.

  • Stayed October 2007
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Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2008

Sitting in the hotel now, and I have to say its very comfortable. The rooms are small so if thats not your bag dont come but if you can deal with it everything else is top noch including the service which is priceless and anyone who's been to China knows good service is priceless. (hard to come by sometimes).

Its geared towards foreigners with a directory in English and Mandarin. Because the room is small its quick to heat up or cool down. Comes with a mini fridge, even an electronic lock box. The shower is nice but no bath tub. They serve breakfast in the morning which is nice if your trying to save money.

The hotel is hidden between buildings but very close to the street, you wont hear loud honking cars going by.

  • Liked — Side note, if your disabled
  • Disliked — Windows dont open, not a big deal.
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Fremantle, Australia
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Reviewed 14 January 2008

If you want to have a cheap, clean hotel then I would recommend this one. Yes it is 3 star, but for 200RMB it is great value- clean, healthy breakfast and a good place to stay for a few days. We ended up using the metro to do some sightseeing- about a 10 minute walk and of course the metro is easy to use. Only problem might be for your taxi driver to find the hotel- as others have said. Although I printed out the address and instructions from sinohostel ( the booking agent I used) I also printed out instructions from other web sites- eg shanghaihotels- which the taxi driver ended up using. A good base for sightseeing.

  • Liked — value for money
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank JeanPerth
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Toronto - Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2007

Despite its location (10km+ to the Bund), this hotel is quite unique. It's hidden from the busy streets nearby and quite frankly it's a good thing seeing the amount of construction projects being realized in the area. Location = ok.... however - you have to subway it or cab it to get to Shanghai's main attractions (i.e. The Bund or Pudong ect.) - minor detail when you consider how inexpensive taxis are in Shanghai. Staff = exceeded expectations - it was nice to see such a dedicated staff!
Breakfast = ok - quite pleased that it was included in my room rate (33$/night - check out www.asiatravel.com). Overall = Great value!

  • Liked — The staff & the Price!
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with friends
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3 Thank SebMer
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Turin, Italy
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Reviewed 19 October 2007

I've just arrived form Shanghai, and I found two new reviwes on Asset Hotel. I have to say that they perfectly describe this little pear (and better than me, since english is not my mother language).
Also, I was a little worried about the first two reviews because they were too good to be both true (I'm sorry not to have trusted you, mates!!)

What could I add? Warm welcome, good English at the reception (even if I faced a problem in a late morning asking a place for golf shopping), clean and fresh rooms, very good prices (27 euro/night Superior single room B/B, 30 euro/night twin room B/B)..

The management was very helpfully during our stay, set up our Airport transfer at a very reasonable price; opening their "meeting" room when they saw three of us sitting in the sofa near the entrance deciding where to go for dinner; smiling every time he saw us in our 7days stay..

I have been given a double room at ground floor: not so dark, with fences at the windows, twin beds, two complimentary water bottles every day.. bathroom full of towels and complimentary items, cleaned every day..
Free cabled internet in room, perfectly working (ok, not so fast, but I found many slower in China!!). Two computers connected to internet are available for free just in front of the main entrance.
No CCN on my Tv (no LCD), but my collegues told me they had it in their rooms!!).

Now, I have to report something not perfect, or somebody will not believe to our reviews!!
Let's start:

Breakfast: very poor - I've been in a 3star hotel in Shanghai last year paying the same money but Breakfast was a lot more better. Many Chinese breakfast food, and just very few for what "we" European are used to have.. small brioches (plastic taste), white breaded toast with just one jam.. A very good orange juice (even if not fresh) was something it worth to wake up in the morning.

Location: mhhhh - if you know Shanghai, it is located in the "south/west" part of the city, just 1 km from inner Ring road Wanping exit. Subway is just 5 minutes walking, and you have to change the line to go to Nanjing Road/The Bund. The purple line is new, but the line is not finished yet: even in pick hours, trains can be waited for more than 10 minutes, so the trip to the Bund can takes about 30/40 minutes at least. When the line will be finished (maybe next week, thinking about Chinese construction timing) I think it will take just 20 minutes to go there. So, you are not in the heart of the city, even if you are not far away from it. But, in peak hours, it can take also 1 hour to reach the main touristic attraction (Yu Gardens, Bund, etc). If you are going to visit the Exhibition, it can take more than 1 hours (Subway takes 60 minutes and a 15 minute walking). So, other hotels can be more suggested for their location.. remind these times while organizing your travels. Also, consider that from/to the airport the taxi takes about 90 minutes in peak hours!

Noise: very high in the early morning - we have been waken up at 7.00 every morning by a truck loading trashes.. and they were starting demolishing a cover garage under the windows of the frontal right wing - starting their work at 7.30 hammering the surface. Well, probably we were just unlucky..

What else can I add? Everything has been wrote on this small but beautiful hotel.. I suggest you to consider to stay there, very good quality/price ratio, with some small problems which can be forgotten easily just thinking to all the nice advantages you'll face sleeping there.
Hoping, of course, that popularity will not make price raise and quality follow (as sometimes happens).

  • Liked — Price, friendly staff, cleaness
  • Disliked — Hotel location, breakfast
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled on business
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9 Thank Skiman
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Austin, Texas
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89 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2007

If you're looking for cheap, I averaged USD $33 per night, clean, functional rooms in Shanghai, look no further. The hotel is located down a driveway near the corner of LingLing Lu and WanPing Nan Lu in the heart of Xuhui District. You're within walking distance to the Shanghai Stadium. (A Special Olympics family was staying there during my stay.) And the No. 4 line of the subway system. Short taxi rides to Grand Gateway, and a bit longer ride to Nanjing and Huaihai Lu areas.

I believe I got a "superior" room. The queen-sized bed was comfortable for me, but I like a bit of a harder surface. (Most all beds in SH are quite hard for US standards.) The bathroom was large, with a glass enclosed shower only (no bathtub). A small refrigerator as well as in-closet safe were included. A great feature was the air conditioner, it cooled down the room very quickly. A small, 18-in flat screen TV was hoisted in a corner. A small desk was good enough to plug-in the provided LAN cable, and Internet access was free and speedy.

One negative: the room walls are thin... I could hear the next room couple talking, as well as him snoring late in the evening.

I've got one more session in 3 weeks, and have already booked my next stay. If you want a place to store your things, sleep overnight, and be out/about during the days and evenings for really cheap... book the Asset. Oh, the hotel has quirky stairs and ramps along each corridor. The elevator is in the middle of these "sloping" hallways. Quite a bit of stairs to navigate unless you're next to the elevator bay.

I didn't try their morning bkfst, but lots of options nearby.

  • Liked — Price per room: USD 33 per night in Shanghai! Functional bed and large shower.
  • Disliked — Thin room walls. Heard next door couple talking late in evenings.
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled on business
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4 Thank changrcc
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Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2007

This hotel is amazing. The free Western and Chinese breakfast was awesome - cereal, dumplings, coffee, eggs etc. The hotel staff spoke English and were very helpful and friendly. The hotel is about 2 blocks away from the subway. The hotel was very clean. It was great!

  • Liked — Free Internet on site
  • Disliked — crappy view from hotel room
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with friends
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1 Thank vjtiff
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Property: Asset Hotel Shanghai
Address: No.590 Wanping South Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200030, China
Region: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > Xujiahui
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#305 Best Value Hotel in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Asset Hotel Shanghai 3*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Asset Hotel Shanghai fuses European elegance with Shanghai hospitality. Its location in the Xu Hui District brings guests closer to well-known places such as Xu Jia Hui and Zhao Jia Bang Road. All rooms are air conditioned, and have their own private bathroom. Helpful services include 24-hour front desk and room services. ... more   less 
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