East Asia Hotel in the bustle of Shanghai
Posted Aug 8, 2010 on Hotels
When my cab from the airport dropped me off a good block away from East Nanjing Rd and the driver pointed me in the direction to walk, I was a little miffed. But a block later I realized there were no vehicles allowed on this crowded pedestrian street and if they were it would be a very slow ride.
I got my orientation and found the building where the address indicated the hotel was. What I saw at first were clothing shops, food shops, accesory shops and other retail ventures but in the middle of the building was a sign for East Asia Hotel.
Going one flight up, as the sign directed, I cane to the front desk and checked in. I soon learned that when you left the building through the first floor elevator exit, your doors opened to a dress shop and you were surrounded by other retail outlets.
East Nanjing Road is definately the place to be if you want to shop or be in the midst of crowds of people. It is definatel lively but fine except for the annoying peddlers trying to sell you watches or toy helicopters or skate wheels to attach to your footwear.
The hotel accomodations were fine, a very decent size room and bath with good amenities. The only issue was there were no windows in my room and I'm not sure if any of the rooms had windows. This was more of an issue because during my stay it was overcast and rainy and I never knew if it was raining until I went outside and I refused to buy an umbrella from those annoying street hawkers. I finally did buy an umbrella in another part of town.
The location was very good. People's Square with it's park, museums and theaters was only a three minute walk. The Bund and its view of the Pudong skyline was about a fifteen minute walk and the subway was a block or two away. And of course you had the shops and malls and street peddlars of East Nanjing Rd.
All in all I would recommend the hotel but I think it good to know some of the quirks that I mention above - or I might have ruined the surprise.