I often travel to Shanghai on business and usually stay at the Intercontinental because I like to walk to Shanghai Railway Station. This time I did not need to take an early morning train so I wanted to stay near the Bund. I chose the Grand Central Shanghai after seeing positive reviews on Tripadvisor and I am pleased that I did.
The Grand Central is a good quality five star hotel in a great location. The hotel rooms are not as large or as well appointed as those at the Intercontinental but there is also a price difference.
The rooms are large enough and have everything one needs including free internet. Check in and out was friendly and efficient. One surprise was that every staff member with whom I had contact spoke reasonable English which was very convenient for me because my Chinese is very poor.
I used the main lobby restaurant once for breakfast and did not think the food was quite up to the standard of other good Shanghai hotels. It was not bad just not great. I had room service one night and found the food to be of a high standard and well presented.
I used the lobby lounge twice for meetings and found the atmosphere to be just right; quiet enough but with a friendly atmosphere.
The hotel has a reasonable gymnasium and a very nice indoor pool.
I will stay at this hotel again when I want to stay near the Bund.
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