Two of my top requirements when selecting a hotel are location & cleanliness.
Being quite familiar with Shanghai, the location of HOJO suited my needs. Close to subway, (tho I used taxis mainly or walked), there are lots of eateries & shopping close by.
I liked the interesting neighbourhood - a mixture of business & local residential with people carrying on their daily lives.
The room I was issued was located at the back (hence quiet but looked on to other buildings). Altho I requested a street facing room at reservation & checkin, this was ignored despite occupancy was not full.
Whilst the room was clean, I found it very dark & depressing (despite being on the higher floor). Cluttered with dark timber & far too much heavy furniture the room was very old fashion - perhaps a notch better than the typical Chinese hotel, but certainly not a universal 4 or 5 star. The bathroom toiletries were cheap & nasty.
The staff were generally helpful if approached but no effort made to be friendly or welcoming, even tho I stayed there for four nights. Smiles would go a long way.
Would I return? Probably not as there are always newer stock available.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Downtown Puxi. Just a few minutes walk to several key areas of the city. Shopping and dining is conveniently situated around the area. Free Broadband and wireless in all rooms. Rain forest shower cubical and bathtub in all rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Shanghai
- Shanghai Howard Johnson