Very comfortable and clean with great view (but no balcony) over towards the Bund and Pudong. Kitchen very handy for cheap meals and the deep-fill tub is great for two.
The bed was firm and very comfortable.
Overall a very good stay and would recommend it for anyone.
The Ascott Huai Hai Road is extremely well situated in that if you are a walker you can get pretty much anywhere from this central location. You can walk to Wei Tan (the Bund), Yu Yuan (Gardens), Nanjing Lu and many other places within 30 mins. It is surrounded by high end shops housed in renovated buildings on tree lined streets. There's a nice (high end) supermarket nearby (City) if you want to use the kitchenette that comes with the room (I had a Studio, 1 King Bed) and which offers pretty much all that you need for a 4-5 day stay. The room I had looked over the park and Yan'an Lu (elevated highway) but you wouldn't know (I was on the 14th floor). The room was comfortable. The only negative point I would make is that the WiFi signal was not strong enough to work on my Mac; I had to rely on my iPad and iPhone. This issue is not restricted to the Ascott though. I would choose this location again.
I've stayed at this hotel several times and travel to China very frequently. I've been to the best and worst China has to offer to be sure. I'm not fussy about amenities. All I ask for is a clean room, comfortable bed, nice hot shower with good pressure, and reliable internet. City Hotel has all of these things. Nothing fancy, so definitely not a vacation hotel, but if you approach China business travel same as me, you'll be satisfied. And for the price, can't beat it.
The celebrated tree-lined Huaihai Road gives the district of Luwan a distinctly stylish feel. Just south of People’s Square, it features upscale fashion boutiques, restaurants, and department stores such as Isetan and Parkson. Try Xiang Yang Nan Lu street market for cheaper clothes and accessories and Julu Road for Western-style dining. Xintiandi is a popular nightlife area.
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