China in Moderation
Posted Feb 24, 2012
The paradigm shifts when one travels in China. This hotel was not great for an American hotel - but that is not a fair comparison. For starters, I should clean up a few discrepancies: the hotel does not have a pool, there is no shopping on-site, the "spa" is not an active facility, the rooms have wired internet but there is no wifi in the hotel, and smoking is allowed everywhere (despite the signage in the rooms). The hotel in general is a bit shabby, but the location is pretty good. It is about two blocks off of the Bund, so you get a better price without sacrificing much in the way of location. The staff tries to be helpful but many do not speak any english at all. The restaurants are bare-bones, but so are many in China. The rooms themselves have a good view of the Bund and Pudong. Overall, the hotel is a place to sleep and maybe have the buffet breakfast (which is a great deal at 25 yuan), but not much more than that. If you are looking to be pampered, go elsewhere. If you want a better-than-average place to sleep, this hotel should work just fine.