We reached this place early in the morning after our long flight from London, and when feeling a little tired and bedraggled it's the last thing you want to see. It's dated, its in a residential area, and so immediately you have to get used to all the staring, and it's easy to miss the street it's on so make sure you have the instructions ready to get there. When you step through the door, as the case seems to be in a lot of China, the story does change however. The staff are helpful and get you settled in quickly. They have a travel booking service which seemed to be utilised often, and we booked our ongoing tickets using this service (20-40 yuan fee). The twin room we had was air- conditioned (the unit was a little noisy, but how often do you find one that isn't), had a bit of a bad smell in the toilet (which once again you realise is in most places in China - just be glad it's western!) but is comfortable for the price. The hostel is close to the metro station (about 5 minutes walk -Caoyang Road I think) and the metro can be used cheaply and easily to reach all parts of Shanghai as most of the signs are in English anyway (or can be selected so on the ticket machines).
The bar is relatively cheap for Shanghai standards and has a much welcomed breakfast available as part of the cost in the morning. This is a few cereals, some dumplings and a bit of toast - but it's free so who's complaining.
The bar serves food, and it's all more than edible with some western stuff and a bit of chinese food. The staff work hard and are forever clearing tables and being helpful.
If you're lucky you may even get to sit through a dodgy dvd in the evening with suggestive subtitles as they can't quite translate it properly.
Don't judge this place when you're tired, and don't see it as a hotel. It gives exactly what you need for a cheap stay in Shanghai.
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- Also Known As:
- Utels Hotel Shanghai
- Utels Shanghai Wu Ning