We had mixed feelings about this hotel. But I think one thing that was clear that for about $80/night, it was a great deal--right on the park adjoining People's Square. We strolled easily over to the Shanghai Museum, walked to the main part of the Bund in 15 minutes easily, and could walk to parts of the French Concession in 15-20 minutes. There was also a subway stop (line 8, I believe) mere steps from the front door.
Check-in started off a bit rocky, despite the beautiful old lobby, as we were kept waiting for a while and were not offered water or anything, which we could have really used after a long journey. However, my impression of the front desk staff improved when they gave us a fantastic recommendation for a soup dumpling place. And once we got to our room, we were pretty pleased with it. It was not huge (we didn't have the smallest room category either), but it was well laid out. The bathroom was spacious and had a huge rain shower and full bathtub. The toiletries were all nice as well. There was a big closet with bathrobes and slippers, as well as a safe. We also had a lovely view onto a park--we had chosen that view, despite being told it could be noisy from the street. We did not find it too noisy at all, but we are used to living in noisy city apartments. I don't normally choose rooms for views, but this one was very pleasant.
A couple issues: the lack of wi-fi in the rooms is absurd. We actually could get the lobby's wi-fi in our room pretty reliably until the last day, when the signal seemed to just disappear. But it is silly in this day and age not to have the rooms set up for wi-fi. The TV that doubled as a computer was not an adequate substitution.
Lastly, there were some crumbs on the coffee table when we arrived. I brushed them onto the floor and later noticed they were never vacuumed up during our two-night stay. This gave me pause.
However, the room was very comfortable overall, and the location just can't be beat. I would consider staying there again just for the location--we didn't see much else in that area for such a good price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Super Great location in the historic 1931 YMCA building for transport, shopping, entertainment, bars and cafes! Historic entrance then walk or take the lift to 2F to reception. This hotel joined the new mid scale Jinjiang MetroPolo Hotel chain as a "Classiq". Try out the new extra large rooms recently renovated and well worth a little extra to overlook the park.Good local cuisine featured in the 3 meal a day leased out cafe on 2F. Along with the brand standard east-meets-west-breakfast-buffet. Please check out the MetroPolo brand website or Booking for a total of 10 hotels in Shanghai open in 2016 and 30+ in other cities. Attentive service; distinctive decor; delight your senses; inspire your imagination. Unique urban style lodging. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ymca Hotel