While in Shanghai, I was debating which SPG hotel to pick and finally narrowed the selections down to the Royal Meridien on Nanjing Rd and this almost brand-new Sheraton in the Hongkou District which is north of the Bund. This Sheraton is a SPG category 3 hotel while the Meridien is a category 5 one; although the rack rates of them are similar, both starting from roughly $200 (~1200 RMB) per night, it makes a huge difference when redeeming SPG points. However, don’t be fooled by the SPG internal ratings, as both are 5-star hotels. I was extremely satisfied once I arrived at the hotel lobby and entered my Premier room, which was sorta an upgrade from a superior/regular room.
Granted, the hotel isn't in the center of Shanghai, namely the Bund, or Nanjing Rd, or People's Square, or Pudong where all the ritzy high rises are, but it is only a few subway stops away from all these. Convenient enough, steps away from the hotel is a subway station for Line-4 and Line-10. Line-10 takes you to most of the tourist sites of Shanghai and the fare is up to 7 RMB. Also, a cab ride to the Bund costs but 20 RMB when traffic is good. The surroundings are residential. The main artery and the shopping boulevard of Hongkou District, the famed Sichuan Rd, is only three blocks west of the hotel. Being in the residential area has it own benefits of course – that is you can easily find good authentic restaurants well-known among locals for unbeatable low price.
The Premier King room is huge (roughly 500 SqFt) and comes with all the bells and whistles one can think of for a 5-star hotel. Although my room was not directly facing East (direction of Pudong) but south, the relatively high floor grants a nice view of the Pudong TV Tower (Pearl of the East) as well as the Hongkou neighborhood which a creek meanders through. To me, the most impressive feature has to be the spacious bathroom (the toilet is not in the bathroom but adjacent to it) that is equipped with a fancy mid-century-style claw-footed bathtub. Perfect for a long relaxing evening bath after checking out the city. Or one may opt for the shower that has the hand-held shower head as well as the hand-free over-the-head rain shower head. The bathroom is separated from the living/sleeping area by a glass wall, which could be romantic and/or mischievous. But when privacy is necessary, push of a button right by the bathroom door will bring the screen down to cover the glass wall. Real fun! The (cal-?) king bed is huge, comfy and bed linen soft to touch, assuring good rests when needed. At one corner, there is a large writing desk with all the in/out plugs for hi-tech gadgets. And the adjacent corner sits a comfy reading chair with an end table and ottoman, perfect for cozying up to read a book, watch TV or sip a glass of wine.
I didn't dine in the hotel restaurants so I won't be able to comment on the food or service. However, I totally enjoyed the gym and swimming pool located at the B1 level of the hotel, The gym is well-equipped and the pool is well-maintained with friendly attendants.
Finally but not lastly, the hotel front desk and the concierge were extremely helpful and highly efficient as well as friendly and courteous. During check-in, I was offered an upgrade to an Executive Suite for 350 RMB more, which included of course the Suite itself, daily breakfast, and the Club access as well as the afternoon cocktail. Although I didn't go for it, it may be considered added attractions for those who may enjoy these details. On the day of departure, I requested late check-out (4PM) as part of the gold level member benefits and my wish was quickly granted with most courtesy. Bravo!
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this Sheraton and I will definitely consider staying here next time when I visit Shanghai again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel.Our local neighborhood has it all. Our hotel is close to the Bund, considered the city’s symbol since the 1920s, and the People’s Square. We are also near the Nanjing Road, Lujiazui, and Huaihai Zhong Road central business districts, as well as the North Sichuan Road shopping area and historic Duolun Road.Enjoy your stay in one of our 471 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, featuring river, city, and Bund skyline views. Relax completely in our famous Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed, with a pillow-top mattress, cozy duvet, and goose down blanket. Our hotel’s unique outdoor garden and riverside setting make it the perfect place to get away from the fast pace of Shanghai.Complimentary wireless High Speed Internet Access is now available in all of the hotel’s public areas and guest rooms to meet the needs of business and leisure travelers alike. When you need a retreat from fast-paced city life, we have many options. Indulge yourself with a treatment at the Shine Spa. Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core® Performance features state-of-the-art cardio and strength-training equipment, and our 30-meter swimming pool is illuminated by natural light through the ceiling.We offer a variety of event facilities that are ideal for weddings, dinners, product launches, and meetings. Our dedicated professionals are ready to assist you with any requirements or requests.Let the Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel be your home base when visiting Shanghai, one of Asia’s most vibrant cities. ... more less
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