b&binn (神舟商旅酒店) – Shanghai, China

Building facade

Building facade

Coffee House where you get your free brekkie

Coffee House where you get your free brekkie

Reception

Reception

Corridor

Corridor

My room

My room

Family room of 1 double and 1 single beds

Family room of 1 double and 1 single beds

Reverse view

Reverse view

Bathroom shower

Bathroom shower

Bathroom basin

Bathroom basin

Basic amenities

Basic amenities

Bulk purchased shampoo and shower gel

Bulk purchased shampoo and shower gel

Very thin bath towels

Very thin bath towels

In room 'dining'... very miserable but good enough for people who just need a place to sleep

In room ‘dining’… very miserable but good enough for people who just need a place to sleep

Hair on the floor...

Hair on the floor…

Videohttp://youtu.be/LXdFRk5njtg

Review – I was in town to visit some friends and stayed only one night in this hotel. Booked this hotel via elong.com at a price of RMB158. Wanted to book some other hotels with a gym but not all hotels in China receive foreigners. Surprising right? Must be some silly rule by the government yet again. Hotel was easy to find as most cab drivers know where this place is. As long as you know what road it is on and what is the nearest intersecting road. (Yes driving in Shanghai takes a lot of guts and skills!) When I arrived at the hotel at 12.20pm, I was told the rooms were not ready and required 10 mins for the maids to clean. I waited till 12.50pm when I finally get my registration done and get my card key to proceed to my room. I got upgraded to a family room instead of the standard business room. Corridor carpet is dirty, rooms are not that clean also. But at least it’s spacious and the TV has cable movies and programs. Aircon is single unit instead of centralized, so you can control the temperature. Promised wifi provided but not present and LAN internet is slow. How to conduct business matters here???

Amenities – Very basic. Service – The concierge is good but could be better with some smile and service is bad. As if they hired some secondary school teens to manage the front office.

Sleep Quality – Walls are pretty sound proof but not the doors… In the mornings as early as 7am, the chambermaids will be shouting talking loudly with each other even though they are less than 2 meters apart. Think they are hard of hearing…

Location – 上海市徐汇区龙华西路501号(近中山南二路)About 8mins walk to the stadium where the MTR station is and lots of food places around the stadium.

Breakfast – Provided for 2. But I didn’t try as I had to check out early. Besides, I read the reviews that it was bad.

RTS (Return To Stay) – Hell no!

Overall – Bad

Contact – +86 21 64681177 (Seriously?)

Galaxy Hotel – Shanghai, China

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Bed

Bed

Room - vintage TV

Room – vintage TV

Bar & Robe

Bar & Robe

Bath

Bath

Bath

Bath… Check out the walls and shower head… who uses such shower heads anymore???

View of garden

View of garden

City view

City view

Hotel – I passed this hotel many times while I was working in Shanghai and finally get to stay here. Really looks good from the outside, lobby, coffee house, etc… But when you get into the room, it doesn’t really sync with what you see outside. The bath equipments are tarnishing, walls a yellowish, shower heads are vintage and TV is box type. They really need to do some renovation, at least the bath rooms and change to flat screen TVs. The view I got was a garden and the highway. Not really nice but at least the locality of the hotel is quite prime. Bed was pretty ok. Paid about RMB$314 only ‘cos group buy. Listed price around RMB$455 now. No wifi, only LAN.

Service – The concierge is good and they will go all out to get you a cab when you need one. Reception check in is pretty fast and very friendly. Chambermaids are good and fast too.

Location – No.888 Zhongshan West Road, Changning District, Shanghai 200051, China. Pretty convenient to town via cab… less than RMB$30 everywhere. Near Hongqiao airport too.

Breakfast – Pretty good for the price. No omelette station though. Can be really crowded sometimes due to tour groups which I hate. They invade and leave nothing for the other patrons. No non-smoking sections also.

RTS (Return To Stay) – Maybe if there is an offer for the place.

Overall – Overall stay is good and value for money.

Contact – http://www.galaxyhotel.com/