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Reviewed 13 July 2012

The first thing people must know is that the Jin Jiang Hotel in Shanghai consists of multiple buildings, including the Cathay Building, the Cathay Garden and the Grosvenor House. When reviewing the various properties, I'm not sure some of the reviewers are properly distinguishing between the listing for "Jin Jiang Towers" (is that the Cathay Building) and this one "Jin Jiang". In any case, we stayed at the Cathay Garden, located toward the southern part of the enclosed block.

Walking in and out of the property can actually be quite a hassle as the layout is like a maze. There are multiple alleyways and buildings to negotiate JUST TO GET TO THE STREET. The nearest subway station at South Shangxi is probably 20-25 meters from the front entrance of the Cathay Garden, but you must actually walk approx two blocks to get there! This is because the hotel entrance faces inward toward the courtyard or garden, so you have to walk around, down a long alleyway northward, turn left to exit onto Maoming, and then double back south to the subway station! Not a huge problem unless it is close 100 degrees and you just want to get somewhere fast! Otherwise, it's a nice stroll. Also, due to the interior facing nature of this property, hailing a taxi is impossible so you will either need to walk to the street, or ask the bellman to help. On the plus side of all this, the hotel and rooms are generally very quiet because there is little to no exposure to street traffic.

The overall location in the French Concession is very convenient for shopping and restaurants, and was only a short taxi or subway ride to other closeby sites.

Inside the hotel, the lobby was very nice, service was fairly prompt and check-in was smooth. Rooms were comfortable and beds were more "western-style" soft than Chinese firm. The bathroom was very large and well-appointed. Like many Chinese hotels, a room key is required to be inserted upon entry into the room to power the lights and air conditioning. So request an extra key card if you or your roommate need to exit the room but want the lights or AC to stay on.

Breakfast was a little better than average for a Chinese hotels of this quality--very ample selection of Chinese and Western offerings in a typical buffet setting.

Room Tip: Nothing faces a busy streets so most rooms should be pretty quiet.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

This is a classic, well maintained, hotel in a great location. Everything is easy, pleasant, and quiet here. The rooms are not spectacular but are nice. The grounds are very nice and the courtyard effect really separates itself from other hotels in Shanghai.

Room Tip: We booked in the older building, the other couple in the newer one, the renovated rooms in the new building are much better.
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank SCBTL
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

Well, I stayed in a Hotel that is right next to the European type stores and prices too, but well worth a look around. The part I stayed in for my two nights was one of the annex's, however over 400 heads of state have stayed in the main building, including Bill Clinton and Margaret Thatcher. The roads were the easiest to cross in China, and cars seemed to abide by the traffic lights. It is city of many sky scrappers and you could be mistsaken in thinking you were in Singapore or Dubai.The evening boat right along the river is a must so you can see how beautifully Shanghai is at night. We only used the hotel for breakfast, and again as two groups were leaving early, they opened up for breakfast 30 minutes before normal opening times - Thanks everyone. Also there is an Indian retaurant on site and several up market shops around the hotel complex

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Gracefield
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

Great hotel! Close to major shopping area with a variety of good restaurants within walking distance!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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Thank CharlesMDillon
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Reviewed 13 May 2012

This hotel was prebooked as a part of a roundtrip. I really liked my beautiful room. It was also a quit room. Only some noise of the elevators.

My room was 469 on the 4th floor (Cathay Building). The hotel has 3 different buildings. A little bit difficult the first time.

Pro
+ Great room (nearly perfect for me)
+ Good bathroom with walk-in shower.
+ Quit room (only some noise from the elevators)
+ Really good breakfast (very good bread and pain au chocolat) I also liked the cheese sausage. Breakfast service was friendly.
+ Normal TV (no LCD) with some English TV channel.

+/- Location (I would had prefer a location nearer to the bund. Ok, taxis are cheap, but sometimes you don’t want a taxi. The location is not bad. For me a safe area, even at night. Some restaurants are near the hotel. )

Cons
- 90 RMB a day for Wi-Fi (Ok, I also had a hotel that charge 120 RMB a day. But this is still too expensive)

It’s a really good hotel. One of the best on my roundtrip in China. Maybe the best. I really enjoyed my stay in this hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank LTobias
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