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SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund
Ranked #50 of 5,059 Hotels in Shanghai
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Workington, United Kingdom
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“Good Hotel Giving Great Value for Money”
Reviewed 28 June 2012

This hotel is part of a Chinese hotel group so the first point is that you should expect a Chinese bias when it comes to food. On saying that, Shanghai has so many western visitors that perhaps they should cater more for other tastes. Let's get the negatives out of the way. There is no bar but you can get a drink in the resturant although the choice is very limited. The restaurant has a television blasting out which spoils the rather pleasant ambience. There is a very nice roof terrace where you can eat so it is possible to escape from the TV. The breakfast appears to have plenty to eat but only if you want noodles, rice, sushi etc. Eggs are freshly cooked ie Fried, scambled, omelettes. The tea is pre made in a pot on a hot plate which never seems to be switched on so consequently it is usually luke warm. All in all I would rate the breakfast as "acceptable" but no more than that.
On to the good points and there are quite a few. The location is very good. It is very close to the Yu Garden area which has many tourist restaurants & shops. Behind the hotel is a very interesting typical Chinese area with a very interesting street market everyday but be warned....it is not for the squimish. Live animals & sold & killed there and then in some cases (chickens & ducks mainly). The hotel is very close to the road tunnel which goes under the river to the Pudong side ( Pearl Tower etc etc). Taxis are incredibly cheap with a starting fare of about £1.40 sterling. You seem to travel miles before it clocks on to the next rate & even then it goes up by only 10p. One piece of advice... always have the name of where you are going written down in Chinese as taxi drivers speak no English at all. The SSAW Hotel has some useful cards with names of tiourist places written in both English & Chinese. Remember to ask for one as they are invaluable when going out or when returning to the hotel.
Back to the hotel......Our room was amazing. We paid about £65 per night including breakfast and compared to UK hotel where you wouldn't get a Travelodge for that in London, it was truly woderful value. The room was very spacious & the bathroom was the biggest I have ever been in. Huge shower & massive bath. All toiletries were there & there were even razors, hairbrushes, combs etc. One minus point was thar drawer space in the bedroom was minimal. We were on the 15th floor with very good views of the city and the previously mention old area.
There was a free mimibar but don't get excited...it only contained water & soft drinks!!! However, even this is better that most hotels where minibars are a complete rip-off.
Wi-fi is free throughout the hotel and there is free use of a computer in the reception area, again much better than the likes of the Accor Group where you are charged 50p per 5 mins for use of a computer.
The staff were very helpful & pleasant although their English, in the main, was limited but put it this way: a million times better than my Chinese !!
Why some reviewers go on about the poor appearance of the outside I do not know. Maybe they like to impress friends with photos of the outside but hey guys, if this rocks your boat just take a pic of the Shangri-la & tell them you were there.!!
All in all a very good hotel in a good location. The minus points do not take away from the fact that it one of the best value hotels I have ever stayed in.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

I recently spent 4 nights at the SSAW hotel in June 2012, in a king room on the 15th floor facing the main street.
The biggest positive about this hotel is its location. Its only a 5min walk from the subway. If you don't mind the walk, you can get to the Peoples square station in around 30mins, which is in the middle of the busy shopping strip Nanjing Road ("walking street").
Other positives include the clean rooms, the nice & polite staff who's english was sufficient, and the lovely breakfast area which features an outdoor roof deck.
The greatest downside to this hotel is the noise. I thought I had struck it lucky with a great view from the 15th floor, overlooking the main street. That night I was less excited once I tried getting some sleep! The windows are not double glazed and the street noise is relentless. As anyone in China knows, the Chinese love using their car horns, regardless of the hour. Its only one niggle but to me it was significant. I'm sure if you got a room facing away from the street it would be an improvement. Overall a good hotel, just bring some earplugs!
PS: This is a bare bones 4 star however so don't expect a bar, pool or a gym.

Room Tip: High up and facing away from the main street to avoid the noise.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

I've stayed here for 4 nights. It was such a nice hotel. When I 1st got to the hotel, I kinda doubt whether it was a 4 stars hotel because outside the hotel looked old and creepy. However, wait till you actually walk inside and especially the room. The room was spacious, nice, new and clean. I think they just renovated? Well at first, we only booked 1 night to try but because we loved this so we kept extending our stay there. For the last night, they upgraded us to the suite room. The reception was helpful and the location was great. it was closed to all the shopping area (time square, raffles city). The breakfast was okay. not so impressed. If u have to pay for the breakfast then you should go out and grab sth. It might be cheaper and better than eating at the hotel. I love staying here and I'd definitely stay there next time

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Eden, Australia
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

We stayed at the SSAW Hotel for four nights. The location is not far from anything, even if it is not next to anywhere special. It is quite strongly designed, a sort of South-East Asian look. Creamish walls, dark timber, doors and floors. The rooms were stylish, largish, spotlessly clean and comfortable. The bathroom with glass wall adjoins the bedroom, but venetian blinds provided privacy if preferred. Strangely there are no towel racks, and a shortage of storage presumably in the name of style. Although the hotel feels extremely safe and secure, there is a safe in each room. We paid less than $100 per night. Excellent wireless internet coverage was free, as was bottled water. The breakfast $10 was particularly good, a mix of European or Chinese, there were cooks making up omelettes to order. However one the best aspects is that beside each window there is a sort of cupboard. We thought it was extra storage, but in fact it is a window that can be opened, and fresh air, if that is what it can be called in Shanghai, is often preferred to aircon.

Staff were helpful and courteous. One of the best places for the price I have ever stayed at. Definitely recommended.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

It was difficult to choose a hotel in Shanghai for us, considering that we are a group with both elderly and kids. Budget, location and convenience are important. In the end, we narrowed down to near yu yuan area as it may be more interesting for our group. We stayed 5 nights in this hotel last week.
It was a good choice. The room sizes are good, the kids loved the bath tub with a view (exec king with city view). You can use everything available in their mini bar which they replenish daily. For coffee drinkers, you will love the capsule type coffee machine. We had breakfast and wifi included too.
Location wise, it was 2 min to the yu yuan metro and taxis are easily available. Walking to YuYuan area takes 10 min for us. Turn left and walk a min from hotel is a hair saloon which opens long hours and seem busy. We wanted to try but our busy itineray did not allow. 2 min down, there is a large 2-storey drug store which sells local medicines - good for the old folks to get medicated plasters after the long walks :). Further down there is huai hai lu for shopping and many interesting eateries. The best thing: just around the hotel's parameters is a market. We enjoyed the morning actitvies here and bought fruits, buns, fried fritters ... There's even a pipa duck and a Peking duck stall with an honest vendor.
The service standards in this hotel is a letdown. You get better service in the day when the managers are around. There isn't a real concierge taking care of the guests needs. So you need to approach the reception. Whoever is not busy (or not pretending to be busy) will answer your queries and many times they are not equipped with the right information.. E.g. Where is huai hai Lu? Just turn left and keep walking and when you see lots of lights and people that's it. The fact is there is a road split as you turn left...
We speak mandarin and communication was not a problem. Thus, it's not that the staff don't speak English but they are not assigned or trained on the concierge aspects.
There are of course some staff who are much more helpful but unfortunately we did not take their names. The housekeeping team is the best -warm and chatty and makes the room so clean and tidy.
This hotel will be excellent if not for their poor overall counter service.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

Visited shanghai on may 2012. Did not have to spend 300 or so cny for airport transport to city from terminal 2 of hongqia airport. Just took the subway for 5 cny and got off the yuyuan station and walk for 100-150 meters to this great hotel.wow what savings .the hotel is also around 300 meters from the yuyuan gardens a major tourist must go, no need to take taxi to move around city just take subway and save on transport cost while going around this great city.highly recomend staying in this hotel. The service is also great they try to please guests in anyway they can . Food is also great ,but restaurant staff could do better in serving the food of the menu (the only minus )of this hotel

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Weinfelden, Switzerland
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

The newly renovated hotel was a pleasure to be in! It's located in walking distance of the main attractions like Yu Yuan Garden, the Bund or People's Square. Staff was very friendly and attentive, rooms clean and spaceous and the beds the perfect fit of stiff, but not to hard! The breakfast is a perfect deal and weather permitting it's even possible to dine out on the balcony. The free minibar (with soft drinks) rounds up the very positive impression. Was staying there for at an introducional rate - a great deal!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Property: SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund
Address: No.839 Renmin Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200010, China (Formerly Shanghai Narada Boutique Bund)
Region: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #50 of 5,059 Hotels in Shanghai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund 4*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund is ideally located next to the Yu Garden and The Bund in the bustling Huangpu District. The nearest metro station ‘Yu Garden’, on line 10, is just a two-minute walk away, which gives you access to most major attractions in town. Our hotel is in close proximity to People’s Square, Xintiandi and Nanjing Road and all within 5-10 minutes walking distance. It is located 30 minutes drive from Hongqiao Airport and 45 minutes drive from Pudong International Airport. SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund offers 165 guest rooms, including 17 city view rooms, 12 suites and 14 Family rooms. All air-conditioned guest rooms come with free WIFI access, complimentary drinks in the mini-bar, complimentary coffee/tea facilities, an in-room safe and flat-screen cable TV. To ensure the sleep quality of our guests, all guest rooms are equipped with a black-out curtain and comfortable‘King Koil' mattresses. Comfy comfort awaits at our hotel lobby where guests can enjoy complimentary Italian coffee and tea in our hotel lobby and get free bottled water from our fridge. Chinese and English books are free to borrow from our library. In order to ensure guests enjoy their stay at our hotel, all in-house guests may enjoy complimentary mid-night snack between 10PM and midnight. If you reserve either our Executive City View room or Executive Suite room, you also enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea buffet from 1:30PM until 4:30PM. On warm days, guests can enjoy their breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner on our outdoor patio with stunning skyline views. Gym access is provided for in-house guests and massage services are available upon request. Guests may use our special laundry service (surcharge) or complimentary use our newly equipped laundry room for washing, drying and ironing. Children will have an enjoyable time in our children’s playground. ... more   less 
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