Based on some comments elsewhere about the price of hotels in Shanghai (esp the ones near Nanjing Road) - if it is cheap, most likely it is very old, I had expected the hotel to be old.
This probably used to be a decent hotel in Shanghai, but it is now very old. I can see some work being done, e.g. new "fake" wood flooring, a fresh coat of paint, I see some work being done whilst I was there on the ceiling, and also work done on the room bell whilst I was there.
Seing as this hotel is located in a fairly noisy (all the roads in China are noisy), we had requested for a room at the back and it was duly granted. Thank you :)
So, noise wasnt an issue at night. Besides, the whole roat at the front is really quiet at night (when we walked back at around 10pm - it was already quiet)
The room is what is expected of what we had paid for - RMB240 per night in prime location of Shanghai.
It was fairly clean, no dust and thankfully no cigarette smell, no foul toilet smell either.
The beds could use changing. You can literally feel the spring on the mattress.
Since we had the triple room (one double bed and one single bed) for the 2 of us, we used the duvet of the single bed as an additional bedsheet to cushion us from the mattress spring. It would have been tough if not for this.
Nothing beats the location. 5 mins walk from Nanjing Road, about 2 mins walk to the metro (Nanjing Road East), and about 10mins walk from eateries (behind Howard Johnsson hotel). There are many eateries around Nanjing Road, but we'd like to sample local food - so these are about 10mins walk away.
I'd have to add though that the hotel does look shady, i.e. like one of those that could be rented on an hourly basis (though I did not see any of this sort of activities on the 2 nights i was there).
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