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TravelPod Member ReviewsCrowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan
Accommodations are excellent. Very quiet, nicely appointed rooms. Food an excellent blend of Western favorites sprinkled with enough local favors to make you feel a bit adventurous.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan
Review written by Liew Chin Beng. Singapore. Dec 6, 2006.
The Crowne Plaza Fudan is excellent value for money. A number of the reviews rated it lower on location. Well, it's true that the hotel is away from some of the usual tourist attractions. Its location, from another perspective, is great because it gives you an opportunity to feel, first hand, the atmosphere of a top Chinese university. The hotel is just next to Fudan, one of the world's top universities, and amongst the top 5 in China. Only the best brains get to study in this 100-year old university. You should take the opportunity to take a walk in Fudan. The campus is beautiful, a blend of east and west, old and new. Right behind the main entrance is a statue of Chairman Mao Tse Tung.
Just watching the students walking or cycling around the campus, doing what university students do all over the world makes me feel good about China and its future.
In the evening, especially if you are part of a tour group, you should try and take some time walking outside the hotel. You will get a real feel of how the student spent their time after their studies. There is a hair-salon run by young people just next to the hotel; you could get your hair cut, wash and blow dry for as little as US$1.50. Venture to the Hua-Lian Fudan Campus Life Centre, and you will find eating joints, bookstores, side stalls selling food, books and DVDs. A bowl of beef soup noodle costs less than US$1, and it tastes quite good.
I got an idea about the intellectual atmospere when I chanced upon a bookstore called , in Chinese characters, "Russell Bookstore". I told the owner that it's probably the only bookstore in the world named after the British philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell. The owner said he named the store after Russell because he is studying philosophy in Fudan and he likes Russell. I asked him whether he stocked any books by Ludwig Wittgenstein, who was Russell's student. He said that someone just bought up a Wittgenstein set consisting of 12 volumes. Well, Wittgenstein is probably one of the most difficult philosphers to understand, and not everyone would like to punish himself by buying 12 volumes of Wittgenstein. So, the point is---the folks you see in your walk in the hotel vicinity are pretty smart. In fact, according to an August 2006 Time magazine, some leading American high tech companies have set up shop around Fudan and are working with the university on various research projects.
Yes, you should walk. Beyond the university, you can explore the nearby housing districts so you can see what the real Shanghai is---somehow, tours always miss out on the real life stuff. Looking at how Shanghainese people go about their daily life fascinates me.
Back to talking about the hotel itself---my family stayed at the Club Floors. The rooms were good; the beds comfortable and the decoration, comtemporary. For the same room, I would have had to pay US$200 per night in Hong Kong or the US or even downtown Shanghai.
The bathroom are fully stocked with amenities; towels are of 5 star standards and it's quite a joy standing under the overhead shower after a long day. Our rooms were in perfect working conditions during our stay.
On the third floor is a fully equipped gym and in-door swimming pool; my daughter had a great time swimming, enjoying the sauna and jacuzzi. No charge.
The breakfast is OK by me, but my daughters say "very good".For Club Floors guests, you can enjoy your breakfast in the comfort and privacy of the Club Lounge on the 19th floor.
The staff in the lounge are outstanding in attentiveness and courtesy. I was particularly impressed by Sally Zhang and Yvonne Wang. They would always stand up to greet us when we step out of the lift and they were eager to help us whether to get us a cup of coffee or to make a restaurant reservation. They were very well groomed, and pretty. I kept telling Sally that she looks like a younger version of Princess Masako of Japan. (Japanese readers of this review may agree with me.) The male guest service agent, Leon, and manager, Allan were also well groomed and helpful. They made valiant efforts to speak English. I am aware that they have a good English vocabulary, but they have some problems bringing up the words or expressions due to a lack of real conversational practice. Sally told me she hopes her English would improve because of her job in the hotel. I am very confident that that's exactly what's going to happen. By the way, if sometimes the staff appear less friendly, it's simply that they lack confidence with their English.
Please allow me to share with you my other experiences in Shanghai besides the hotel.
Shopping. Shanghai is not the place to shop. Branded goods are way too expensive. You could get the exact same item for 20% less in Singapore or Hong Kong. Non-branded goods here did not appeal much to us. We visited Time Square and Plaza 66, two of the most modern shopping malls in Shanghai. They were pretty blah. The most interesting mall, we found, is Super Brand mall at Pudong. The mall has a variety of shops, and some excellent restaurants, and even a skating rink. The ambience was good and seem to attract a mixed crowd.
Restaurants. Good food is inexpensive in Shanghai. My advice is: select the best restaurants and pick the expensive items.
We had teppanyaki at AMBROSIA--a beautiful restaurant in a villa in the French district of Shanghai. The manager, a Filipino, was highly professional and courteous---actually everyone in the restaurant was polite and helpful. Our delightful lunch for 4 cost 660 RMB, which is less than US$ 100. Tipping is not mandatory, but is welcome.
LARIS, which is part of 3 on the Bund, serves a good lunch. But I highly recommend that you AVOID this restaurant unless your ego is made of steel. The staff, both expatriate and locals, had one thing in common: they were rude. No eye contact, no warm greetings, no bidding a fond farewell. I hate the restaurant.
We also had lunch at a hot-stone place in Xintiandi. Excellent steak we had; the staff were friendly and helpful. The lunch was around 500 RMB for 4 persons. Good value.
We had an excellent lunch at the CHINESE MYTHOLOGY, a restaurant opened by a Hong Konger, in the Super Brand Mall in
Pudong. We had DIM SUM and some vegetables and a soup called "Buddha Jump Over the Wall", which was half the cost of the entire lunch. The soup was super excellent. The staff went out of the way to help us, including giving very clear directions to us to get to our next destination--the Century Garden.
Well, yes, we did eat in the hotel cafe. The menu is a little small, if you don't go for the buffet. However, we found the items on the ala carte menu quite delicious; the portions were moderate, which is great. The staff in the cafe--they were friendly consistently!
So overall, except for LARIS, we had an excellent experience with restaurants in Shanghai. (Oh, I have to tell you this; one of the LARIS staff was clearing her acne using the tray as a mirror.)
TAXI. The taxi drivers don't speak English, so you do need the help of hotel staff to write down the name of places you are going to. Now if you are lost, my advice is for you to ask direction from policemen. One thing I notice about Shanghai people is that they don't seem to know their city very well. Perhaps the changes have been too rapid.
TIPs. Give 20 RMB to the bell hop and he will be quite happy. For taxis, just pay the fare shown on the meter. Tips are not expected unless the driver has helped you in some special ways. For staff who have given you good service, I highly recommend a proper tip at the end of your stay.
I hope you have a great stay in Shanghai!
Fantastic Hotel & Staff... Tedious Location
Just returned from a three-night stay in one of the property's Club Level rooms. It's a brand new hotel (opened in June 2006): all the facilities are spotless and shiny. However, unlike some other new hotels, this staff has already got its sea legs and was efficient and helpful throughout. I was particularly impressed with the staff of the Club Floor lounge who addressed us by name and remembered our individual smoking and drinks preferences. The manager of the Club lounge, Allan, was especially good at anticipating our needs, delivering a SIM card for my cell phone and directing us to the better shopping areas in town.
The food both in the Club lounge and downstairs in the main restaurant was very good. Having arrived during Shanghai's Hairy Crab Festival, I couldn't resist the 200RMB (~US$25) buffet dinner. Our room rate (Weekend Special of 1010RMB from hotel website) also included breakfast which could be had in-room, in the Club lounge, or in the main restaurant. Although the Club lounge offers a more intimate setting, I'd opt for the restaurant. The breakfast choices there run the gamut: from steak and scrambled eggs to the omelette station to cold salted duck and dim sum, it was a good way to start the day. Enough food to last us till dinner during a couple of the more hectic days. In addition, the Club lounge offers canapes and an open bar in the evening.
Exercise facilities were, once again, spotless. Fewer machines than I'd like, but during my stay, I saw only one other person in the gym, so there was never any wait. The pool area is fantastic. Could've used lane markers at the bottom as I swim laps, but once again, I was the only one in the pool, so no risk of bumping into anyone.
All in all, a great stay. Facilities and staff comparable to newer five-star properties in Asia. The only drawback, as mentioned in previous posts, is the location. Unless you have business in the university district, everything you'd want to see or do is at least 20-30 minutes away by taxi. Sure, cabs are cheap, but the point is, you're not central. If only they could airlift the entire property to a location on Nanjing Road.
Even so, I'd give this hotel an enthusiastic thumbs up.
Best Quality Price in Asia
I was here in November on business. The hotel is magnificiant, modern and some areas are breathtaking. My father travels for business around the world in 5 star hotels like the intercontinental in Paris and said that this hotel is in his top 5 of all time and for the price, it is truly a real steal. The breakfast is fantastic, and believe me we are very picky eaters. Let me talk about the 2 little downsides of this hotel, it is 20 minutes from downtown in taxi and it is not in a very nice area to go for a walk. But the taxi only costs 4 bucks US. So not a big deal. Basically you will pay 250US$++ for the same hotel downtown Shanghai and 400US$++ in Paris.
Uno de los mejores hoteles en los que me he alojado
No tengo palabras para elogiar este sitio... una experiencia increíble. Lo recomiendo encarecidamente. La única pega es que no es muy céntrico.
¡Alojaos en él!
One of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in
Can't say enough about this place... awesome experience. Highly recommend it. Only downside, it is not in the very center of town.
Very Pleased with Hotel Amenities
This hotel is a pleasant place to stay for a weary traveller. Apart from soft comfortable beds, the hotel provides Aigner bath products.
The city map available at the concierge has pictures of landmarks and places of interest, identifies the nearest MRT stations and provides directions for cab drivers. This was very useful especially for getting around in taxis or asking for directions.
The restaurant has an appetizing buffet spread and delicious a la carte selections.
The hotel has been open only three months when I stayed there (October 2006). Naturally, everything was shiny, new and in excellent condition, from the plush carpets in the hall to the bed linen. The clerks at the front desk are also new at their jobs and haven't mastered processing credit card transactions just yet. Hopefully this will not be a be a huge problem as they have a capable manager who does his best to see to the convenience of the guests.
First Class All the Way
This really is a 5 Star place, unlike many Chinese hotels that make such a claim. The rooms are big, the beds are very comfortable, the artwork is beautiful, the bathrooms are big and well equiped, there is a comfortable chair with an ottoman, the TV gets six or seven English language stations, and the buffet restaurant is to die for. We stayed there on a tour package and would go back in a heartbeat. This hotel seems to be affiliated with Fudan University (just across the street) as the University Logo is prominently displayed on the side of the hotel.
This is a beautiful hotel on the outskirts of Shanghai. Its a good 20 minute taxi ride to the Bund however it only costs 30 RMB. We paid only 900 RMB for a King Room with breakfast. The room was huge, spotlessly clean and beautifully furnished. The leisure area is amazing with a fabulous pool. The breakfast was buffet style and had a great range of food available.
Absolutely Wonderful Hotel
This is a great hotel with wonderful decor. The place just opened about a month ago and their staff is eager to please. The hotel lobby is smaller by many 4 star hotel standards, but the room and bathroom is absolutely a 5 star quality. We had a group of 32 people and all of us just loved the place. It is modern, sleek and tasteful. We also love the pool. Everything is done right. The hotel is just lovely.
Their breakfast is tremendous with wide selections of Chinese and Western food. They even have curry beef for breakfast! We can't say enough great thing about this place.
The location is not a problem for us, it is across the street from Fudan University, outside of the tourist area. Because of the traffic congestion in Shanghai, it takes a little while to get to the sights. But taxi is cheap. We were on a tour, so transportation is no problem. I would highly recommend this hotel to even the most discerning traveler.
We stayed at this hotel from Aug 6-10, 2006, and it was GREAT! There was a mix-up with our room, we were expecting an adjoining room, and found out that they didn't have any. We were in a 1BR suite, and an adjacent room on the Club floor. The rooms were very well appointed and comfortable (none of those hard beds you find in the rest of China). The buffet breakfast in the hotel was GREAT!! a HUGE selection of American and Asian food, with different items daily. Definitely the best breakfasts of our trip --- (WAY better than the Grand Hyatt in Beijing's).
The pro's- the breakfast, the rooms, the staff courtesy, great assistance from the concierge desk and a very attentive staff in the club lounge.
The cons- it is a brand new hotel, and the staff needs a little more English practice. The hotel is not as close to downtown as it sounds, a good 30 minute ride.
All in all a great hotel.....
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