Stayed here for trade show. Hotel is in Pudong but requires a 15-20 minute ride to the Shanghai New International Expo Center in Pudong (assuming no traffic jam). Bus service was offered to the show site.
While this is a Holiday Inn, it almost reaches the comfort levels of some Crowne Plaza hotels except for one critical area: The staff is very impersonal. Here is an example. While I booked and prepaid a non-smoking room 1 month in advance, the hotel said they could not offer a non-smoking room. (This seems to be an ongoing problem with this chain of hotels). The staff on the executive floor (a young lady) said it would take a time to make a smoking room ready for me. But, she said, it would not cost me any extra money. COME AGAIN? Why would she even make such a ludicrous statement? I pay one month in advance for a non-smoking room. But they will do me a favor by giving me a smoking room at no extra cost?! To be fair to the hotel, they did offer me a (smoking) suite. They thought I was quite agitated by the "no extra cost comment" but, in actuality, I was mildly irritated. I accordingly declined the suite.
As I suspect that most rooms are similar to Club level rooms (except maybe for maybe for a few amenities in the bath and selection of pillows), I must say that rooms at this hotel are quite comfortable and clean. Comfortable bed. Good desk. Lighting throughout (it could be a little brighter in the rooms), sound control in bath, modern/bright bath with tub (regular spout, hand spray and rain shower), CNC, HBO, iron, safe.
The lounge was not one of the best I have stayed at. Just like the staff, a bit cold (white chairs and tables). More like a clinic than a lounge.
As was expected, breakfast was good and adequate in selection but not 5 star standard. Interestingly enough, the buffet selection in the club lounge was almost the same as downstairs. I must say that the bacon was the best I have ever tasted in China. They also managed to get my eggs done over easy. Not an easy feat in Asia.
Diner at the western restaurant was acceptable but certainly not outstanding. Prices were moderate for high priced Shanghai. The restaurant staff was not overly attentive in view of the fact that the restaurant was nearly empty and again very impersonal. Could this be a language problem? If so, management should teach them to smile a little.
In all, a decent stay at a good hotel which I would recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Nanpu is conveniently located close to Pudong's bustling Lujiazui Financial & Trade Zone. The hotel is just adjacent to Shanghai New International Expo Center, and enjoys speedy access to Shanghai's Puxi Area by way of the Nanpu Bridge. Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Nanpu offers today's business and leisure travelers dependability, friendly service and attractive facilities all at a great value.Each room has broadband internet access, an IDD and DDD telephone, TV with satellite channels, mini-bar, refrigerator, in-room safe and attractive French windows. Rooms for the disabled and a selection of non-smoking guestrooms are also available. Hotel features variety of ballroom and meeting room options, including a large ballroom that can be divided for multi-purpose use. All venues enjoy state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and professional support from our meetings team, all guaranteed to make your event a great success. Meeting and conference facilities and services include: broadband internet access, video conference facilities, multi-media projector and on-site technical support. Meeting participants can also relax in the hotel lobby with wireless internet access.Danube Café offers guests a wide range of elegant and sophisticated cuisines from around the world. You'll enjoy international favorites along with the best in western food in a comfortable setting.A well equipped gym, including aerobic and anaerobic exercise equipment provides the perfect place to rejuvenate yourself after hard working day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Pudong Nanpu Hotel Shanghai