The hotel staff need to be more aware when the guest is coming at late flight so there is no misunderstanding in reservation, otherwise what i liked that even with language barrier it got resolved in minutes.
We always stay here. Starbucks is 2 blocks away. View of famous bridge is right across the street. Great little British Bar on the first floor. Takes a hour to get to Pudong airport by Metro - but you will never get stuck in a traffic jam again.
The hotel was excellent. They did a great job in telling the guests about its historic past. It has a great location, beautiful interior, helpful and abundant staff, and great breakfast. I would recommend this to anyone. It definitely beats staying at a chain it has a lot of character.
I was there for 8 days. The room service was very good and the staff was always available when I asked for help or services. Due to the fact that my flight was late in the afternoon, and I was allowed to check out late for two hours without paying extra money.
Shanghai is a large city but the central city river area is fairly compact and this hotel location is good for walking and touring that city experience. There are a number of bars and restaurants in the area that are a good mix of local and semi-western bars also. Make sure to get a river view room - by far the best part of the hotel is the nice older atmosphere along with great views of the Bund and Pudong along the river. The hotel rooms are normal Chinese standard with very hard beds. The hotel facilities are also normal Chinese standard with very poor internet, largely inedible breakfast catering, no hotel bar facility at all and very smoky common areas. There is the Metro and there are plenty of taxis around for heading out to other parts of Shanghai such as the French quarter or business meetings. It is somewhat similar to the other older hotel across the street - the Astor House, but the Seagull has much better room views.
Pocket Guide: Shanghai Hong Kou - The North Bund Hotels
Bordered by the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek, the residential and multi-cultural Hongkou enjoys a premier setting opposite Pudong’s striking skyscrapers. For intriguing backstreet adventures, visit Huashan Road’s former Jewish ghetto, where Victorian brownstone buildings rub shoulders with small stores. For shopping and entertainment, head for prosperous North Sichuan Road.
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