I very much enjoyed our stay at the Mansion Hotel in Shanghai. Being originally from Shanghai, I am not unfamiliar with the streets and buildings of the cities, yet I was pleasantly surprised when I entered the hotel -- It was converted from an old "mansion" of one of the Shanghainese Tycoons from the early 1900s.
The hotel has gorgeous rooms with very high ceilings and spacious bedrooms, with a lot of the old furniture / replica of old furniture nicely preserved. There are a lot of old historical items (such as the old stock certificate notes, old telephones) on display in the hall way and in the rooms, adding to the historical feel.
The hotel is located just off Huaihai Road, one of the most popular commercial streets in Shanghai, a few turns you will hit heaps of shops and restaurants, while the hotel itself manage to stay in a quiet location.
The service is cozy and up to standard, breakfast on the roof terrace is French style and nicely prepared. All in all an it was an unique experience for me.
Only problem is that the entrance is a bit hard to find at night, would be nice if the hotel is more alert when guests arrive and open the front gate in time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed by the French architect Lafayette in 1932 and located in the vibrant heart of the historic French Concession, this luxuriously restored heritage boutique hotel offers the city’s most authentic experience of ‘Old Shanghai’. Formerly headquarters of Shanghai vice boss Du Yuesheng, the Mansion Hotel was once the nerve centre of an opium empire and scene of some of roaring Shanghai’s most decadent parties. Hundreds of artifacts and photographs attest to its colourful past, as you relax into its lavish modern-day incarnation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mansion Hotel Shanghai