Feedback appreciated for Shanghai hotel

Jul 9th, 2019, 03:04 AM
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Feedback appreciated for Shanghai hotel

We will be going next spring and ending a 5-week trip to China with 4 nights in Shanghai so will want a comfortable but central place to stay. Iím trying to get a feeling for the different areas and would appreciate feedback. We are not typically luxury travelers, so donít need high end or a lot of fuss but would like to have a comfortable room and staff (ie, to help with transportation), though we donít need to be catered to, either.

Convenience is important. Access to transportation, near dining options (again, it doesnít need to be fancy), preferably in an area with some life outside the door.

Iím trying to keep the costs ďreasonableĒ, though clearly that is a very loose interpretation! Iím trying to keep it around $150 per night, and if we donít have the breakfast when itís an option, the rate easily falls below this rate.

The hotels Iíve identified are, as follows:
Fraser Residence Hotel
Grand Central Hotel
Cachet Boutique Hotel (smallest room, breakfast included, is about $150/night)
SSAW Boutique Hotel

They are in different areas which seem to each have some advantages. Which would you recommend - or not? Any others that you might recommend?

Many thanks!
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Jul 11th, 2019, 04:15 PM
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We have been to Shanghai three times and prefer staying in the French Concession. Look at the Intercontinental Ruijin. It was formerly Communist Party HQ, Mao and Zhou stayed there. Beautiful tree lined area, good dining.

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Jul 12th, 2019, 03:56 AM
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The Intercontinental looks very nice but way above my budget.

For a first-time visitor to Shanghai, is staying in the French Concession a good area or somewhat inconvenient? I’m finding it a little confusing to get a handle on this city and where to stay.

I’ve seen a lot of decent reviews for the SSAW Boutique hotel and this seems a good compromise for convenience and good service. This seems to be in a location that’s close to a number of popular sights.

But the French Concession sounds interesting, too!
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