Shanghai, the industrial, commercial and financial hub of China has a huge list of hotels which are rated as well as unrated. No matter what grade of a hotel it is, all of the Shanghai hotels would offer some basic amenities to their guests which are air-conditioning, a telephone line that can also be used to connect to the internet using the laptop, a television in the room (plasma or the old CRT monitors is what depends on the grade of the hotel).
Some good to know information before checking in
Before you travel to Shanghai, you may want to learn a few sentences of Chinese as the unrated Shanghai hotels and the ones who manage to get one star or two star rating would not have too many English speaking staffs. There could be serious language issues as you stay in those hotels. One unique thing about the hotels in Shanghai (we are not talking about the top ones) is that during late hours your room phone may ring with the caller offering your masseuse services which is a disguise call from agencies who offer escort services.
Another safe practice to follow in Shanghai hotels is not to reveal the original period of stay at the time of check in. As an ongoing protocol you would be asked to pay for the whole period of stay upfront and not many hotels would accept credit cards as well. These are however not prevalent in the three star and above rated hotels and the best hotels in Shanghai.
Talking of the best Shanghai hotels, the Mandarin Oriental Pudong deserves special mention as this hotel is one of the finest service providers on the banks of Huangpu River. Located in the centre of the financial district of Pudong, this hotel serves majority of the business class people.
The Marriott hotel is located at the heart of downtown Shanghai and is a favorite choice for those who want luxury to come in style. The five restaurants that the Marriot hotel has serve exquisite delicacies to the residents of the 720 guest rooms that the hotel has. It is located only a few hundred meters away from the important points of Shanghai like the Bund, People’s Square and Nanjing Road.
With a heritage of almost a hundred years, the Okura Garden hotel is one of those Shanghai hotels that offer modern amenities with classical elegance to its guests. The former French Club building of the hotel is in itself a spectator’s item. The hotel is conveniently located in the commercial district of Shanghai and has wonderful access with the rest of the city.
One of the new kids on the block is the Westin Shanghai hotel. Located in the elegant Bund area of Shanghai, this hotel is just a five minute walk from the elegant waterfront of Bund. The flower crown on the top of the hotel building makes it easily recognizable amongst the other skyscrapers of the area.
The extremely convenient location of the Grand Hyatt hotel makes it a hot favorite for those who want luxury and convenience at the same time. Just a few blocks away from the Lujizui station, Zhengda Square and the IFC Mall, this hotel is certainly the place for those who love to shop and hog. The hotel takes 35 storey’s of the 88 storey Jim Mao tower hence one can expect the magnificence of the panoramic view of Shanghai that could be seen from the rooms of the Grand Hyatt Hotel.