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.
- 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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