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Hotel Carolina Shanghai Xinhua
Ranked #1,962 of 5,206 Hotels in Shanghai
Reviewed 18 December 2009

Quite place out of the main road.
I've expected location a bit closer to the downtown, but you'll get there by taxi for 20RM.
But I was really happy by the staff and their English. Even the porter spoke English very well.
I've entered a freezy room, but after few minutes, before having a chance to call anyone I've been notified by reception, there might be a problem with my AC (means also heater) and if I did't mind to move to double bed room.
Everything was smooth.
You can have a complimentery tea, coffe, soft dring and some snacks as well. Internet is a commonplace.
I was sad to leave at 6 in the morning, just few hours after arrival. Might be a good place to stay for tourist visit of Shanghai.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 December 2009

I stayed 6 nights at the Hotel Carolina on Xinhua Road, along a tree-lined street similar to places in the French Concession. At 368 CNY/night complete, the hotel was a great deal -- I got a king bed, air conditioned room with unlimited broadband and a hearty Chinese breakfast buffet (and sometimes fried egg, toast & regular cereal). The building is away from the street at the end of a driveway, with some rooms overlooking a nice grassy space with trees between neighboring apartment buildings. Hence, depending on the time of year, be careful – keep your windows shut or mosquitoes will get you. I enjoyed the double-headed shower and modern granite/marble bathroom and generous-sized room on the 5th (top) floor. A note on cleanliness – one morning, I pushed aside the low bed and found cigarette butts and all manner of dust/debris on the floor – which housekeeping swept clean right away. Just an oversight, I’m sure -- but gross to find. Everything else was kept clean and tidy. The modern AC unit was operated by a remote control written in Chinese. I had to take the remote and ask the doorman to show me how to turn on the AC and he came up immediately and showed me the basics. There is also a Chinese/English reference card for the AC and TV remotes in the room if you're interested in translating characters and figuring out extra features which I did. What I liked particularly was the handy little fridge which was restocked everyday with 2 bottles water and 2 juice packs, on the house. In-room coffee service (+ cake snack) was handy, which I used to boil water for the occasional instant noodles bowl from the supermarket. Good location, a short walk to the West Yan'an station for North/South Metro Line 3, connecting easily to East/West Metro Line 2 at the next stop, which goes to People's Square and Pudong. For the curious traveler who has time to do some homework or is already a little familiar with Shanghai, the Hotel Carolina is a great and easy place to stay.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 October 2009

I am from the US and visited Shanghai for about a week. The hotel is geared towards business travelers; the room layout reminded me of Hyatt's back in the states. Room amenities were top notch, as was service. The location was terrific as well. Overall, very good value.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 July 2009

Hotel Carolina is on Xinhua Road in Shanghai, which is West of the downtown, Pudong area. Because it is not downtown is is very reasonably priced. I stayed there for a week with some class mates I was taking a course at the Economics school with. The school is about a 5 min. walk away, it was perfect. The metro station West Yan'an rd. is about 10 min. walk. The hotelwas impecably clean, the staff very freindly and the rooms are beautiful. There is AC and internet in every room. each room also has a bar fridge which is nice. The free breakfast is great. AS variety of Chinese food and toast, fruit, coffee, cereal area avail. There are computers with internet in the buiness centre. I can't say anough about how pleased I ws about this place. It is a great value and the service is excellent. Btw if you area a runner it is close to a great park for running called zhongshan park. Go early if you do. Zongshan has a loop trail that is popular with the locals. It isn't a really long loop, but it is much better than running on the sidewalk in full sun.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 June 2009

It was overall a great get-away from everything. It's located in the Chang Nan District of Shanghai... It is within a reasonable distance from most places (20 mins away by taxi).
The room was clean and cozy and I loved the bathroom the most! The showers were a comfortable pressure... and they had two shower heads! One is fixed and acts as a rainshower, and the other one is a detachable shower head so that's pretty neat. The toilet was probably one of the better ones I've seen in China for awhile. I honestly didn't pay attention to the beds because for the 3 nights I've stayed here, I slept immediately since I had quite an exhausting travel schedule.

There's a driveway and gate that leads you towards the hotel... The hotel is actually 30 meters away from the street so you can imagine how quiet it is. There was absolutely NO NOISE from the streets. There are two convenience stores at both ends of the streets. By the way, the hotel is located near the middle of the street, so no intersections to worry about either. Catching a cab was quite easy as well, as many vacant ones pass by the road quite frequently.

The continental breakfast won't make you full but the food's decent, and gives you enough energy to survive until lunchtime.

What else is there... Ah yes, places to suggest a foreigner should definitely visit. Of course, the Wai Tan area, and check out Cheng Huang Miao which is a great place to checkout some neat architecture and buy some local goodies, souvenirs, etc... For cheap bargains go to Qing Pu Lu - i bought some ridiculously cheap Giorgio Armani / Burberry London ties for 30 RMB... comes with matching cufflinks and pocket sleeves.. If I gave it to someone as a gift, the person would not even suspect that it would be a replica because it looks that real (maybe it is real?).

Anyway, this hotel rocks and I definitely would return again!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled solo
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Thank OhMai
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Reviewed 17 October 2015
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  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 September 2015
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  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled on business
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Address: No.643 Xinhua Road, Changning District, Shanghai 200052, China
Region: China > Shanghai Region > Shanghai > Gubei / Hongqiao / Minhang , Xujiahui
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1,962 of 5,206 Hotels in Shanghai
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Carolina Shanghai Xinhua 3*
Number of rooms: 91
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