The Eton Hotel
Travel Blogs from Shanghai
Today was the start of the R&T Asia Expo, we caught the courtesy bus to the expo and was overwhelmed with the thousands of people here, got our tickets and went through all the halls, with exhibitors showing blinds, roller blinds, roller doors, motors, curtain hardware, flooring, etc the list just goes on. The other 2 sides of the expo, was flooring and carpet which we didn't go in.
Clint stayed at expo talking to many companies and looking ...
... went to the railway station wrongly assuming that there would be plenty of shanghai-Beijing tickets available. Everything was sold out for the day, and my only option was an expensive (but fast and rather luxurious) bullet train for 7 am the next morning (regular train tickets were sold out for the following several days!).
Instead of hauling my heavy luggage back to the hostel just for a single night, I ...
... immediately more interesting to John. John also fell for another piece: a baby sitting on a tank with a giant gun coming out from beneath his legs – all in aluminum-almost life-size. I nixed that one fast!
... brains. As nice as it would be to regale a story of how I bravely faced the pig brains in gastrointestinal combat...I was just grossed out by them and refused to eat them, simple as that. The hot pot was followed up with a trip to the bowling alley. I haven't been bowling in a while, and I didn't think I was going to do incredibly well, but when I opened up on a strike, I thought I might actually have a shot at getting the highest score in our group. I got a little competitive with ...
... complete change of scene, we found ourselves at Hooters on the riverfront. It was a surreal experience, eating philly steak sandwiches and curly fries and being served by Chinese waitresses dressed in American cheerleader garb. To anyone who questions the morality of Hooters I would say try eating in some other restaurants in China and then see where staff are more valued and better treated.
That's about it for Shanghai. Next stop: ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Eton Hotel Shanghai
Expensive, but nice
I was on my way back from Xuzhou and had to spend the night in Shanghai. It was a thankyou for the missus for being my translator I picked a 5 star hotel.
The hotel itself is about 45min from the hotel, it is a very modern hotel with a staff that speaks good english.
The rooms are very clean, a tad small, but modern and comfortable. The internet worked straight away and I was able to get some work down while watching TV and the wife went for a swim and massage, was a pretty good day.
The food is excellent we went to the Chinese resturant there to have some food and like the Hotel it was expensive but it was great quality and a wide choice available also.
After that we took a 5min trip to the tuoristy part of Shanhai and apart from being constantly harassed by people selling....everything it was a good night.
Could easily recommend this hotel to just about anyone really.
I would agree with most of the positive comments that you have seen in the reviews about this hotel. It's a beautiful new building with an attentive staff that does everything possible to make your stay enjoyable. The only gripe that I have is about the hot water in the shower. Even though Shanghai is miserably hot in August, you have to wait a long time for the water to even get warm. When I set it at the maximum setting for hot, it was just temperate. I am not sure what is going to happen in winter if this was any sort of indicator.
The other disdvantage to this hotel presently is its location. It's a bit out of the way, but there is a metro stop right across the street and taxis in Shanghai are unbelievably low priced. It costs roughly $3 US to take a taxi all the way to the People's Square in the middle of Shanghai. My guess is it would have been $25 US in the states. The price of a night's stay in this hotel vs. what you would pay at the Marriott or Radisson makes it well worth the trouble of having to grab taxis to get around.
The better restaurants are not in the Pudong area where the Eton is situated, but if you're adventurous, you can go to some of the hole-in-the-wall places where the locals go for breakfast and get yourself some delicious food. Nobody in our family suffered any aches or pains from doing that but I wouldn't guarantee this.
Great Hotel, Great Value
I was in Shanghai on a business trip for 3 days. I had some reservations initially about the Eton Shanghai being locally own and run and not one of the famous hotel chains like Intercontinental or Ritz. Moreover, the room rate they offered was quite low which gave me pause due to my "cheap thing no good thing" mentality. However, my worries were quickly proven to be unfounded.
And what a gem of a find! The Eton hotel is a brand new hotel that is located in Pudong street and is a short 5-10mins taxi ride ( if no traffic jam ) away from central Shanghai and the famous Bund. I booked a club floor room which is at the 38th floor. Upon checkin, I requested for a room that had a good view of Huangpu river. I was promptly assigned a corner room with such a view. Checkin registration was swifty done and a very cheerful bellboy escorted me to my room. The room is not exactly "huge" like the usual top-of-the-line rooms in HK ( still spacious at about 35m2 I guess ) but is very comfy and cozy. Blond wood partition and tasteful decor are used throughout the room with a wood floor. The room has all the usual amenities, a working desk, a closet, ensuite bathroom, comfy king-size bed, and sofa chair. A 32" Philips LCD TV is provided. Floor to ceiling windows with a great view of the Shanghai city skyline and the Huangpu river, particularly at night ( see photo ).
The bathroom is splendid and luxuriously appointed. It's a full marble bathroom and features a seperate shower cubicle with Grohe rainforest shower. Toiletries are L'Occitane. And surprise, surprise! A fullsize round spa tub! I wasn't expecting a spa-tub in a hotel of this class. The only other hotel that has this round spa tub is the luxurious L600 room in Landmark Mandarin Oriental that has a nightly rate that cost 3 times more. Usually, most 5-star hotels only provided the standard deep-soaking tub in their bathroom. The Eton hotel must be complimented for the inclusion of this bathtub in their club room's bathroom. Well done!
Having booked a club room means I had access to the Executive Lounge. It's a separate area reserved for only club guests and privilleage include breathfast and evening cocktail and free flow of drinks. The club lounge is quite well appointed with a great view of the Shanghai skyline but I have mixed feeling about the overall layout of the lounge. It kind of resembles a restaurant / coffee house rather than a Executive lounge at a hotel with many table and dinning chairs and only 2 seating areas with sofas. They should have more sofas instead. However, drinks are expensive at the club lounge. I brought some of my guests to the lounge for business meeting and one cup of coffee cost RMB50++ Food served at the club lounge is only so so with a rather poor selection, especially the breakfast. There is a better selection at the coffee house instead. To the credit of the staff at the Executive Lounge, they were able to make my favourite 3-layer latte coffee!
I did not encounter any service problem during my stay at Eton Shanghai. Most of the staff were friendly and warm which is more than can be said of most hotels in Shanghai. Service at the Club Lounge was also very attentive which should be since I was one of the few guests staying at club rooms.
The hotel boasts 4 restaurants and 2 lounge/bars but I only tried the cafe restaurant for breakfast which is very sumptious and much better than the one they served in the executive lounge. The lobby area is a bit sparse though. The gym is fully equipped with threadmill. There is also a spa and an indoor swimming pool.
Overall, this is an excellent hotel and the best hotel that I have stayed in Shanghai so far. The room is luxuriously appointed and very comfortable. The bathroom is clearly a cut above the usual 5-star hotel room bathroom. Only drawback is that the lobby is a bit plain and sparse for those that are concerned by this aspect of hotels. Service is generally above expectation. Moreover, for the rate that is nearly 50% lower than other 5-star hotel, it's an incredible bargain and a real good value. And unlike another Shanghai hotel that I had stayed recently, it doesn't cut corners in quality. This is what made this hotel special. It is not the best in the absolute sense but it delivers where it counts and achieve it at an incredible price. The Eton hotel in Shanghai is one of the rare few hotel that achieved 5-points rating in all its reviews in tripadvisor. I am pleased to add my own to it.
Excelente hotel. Personal muy amable, habitación acogedora, bien decorado y con todo lujo de detalles. Cercano al centro en cortos desplazamientos en taxi o metro. Muy recomendable y con un nivel de precios inferior a los de su categoría en la ciudad.
Wonderful hotel and excellent and friendly service
This is a great hotel, the employees are nice and helpful, leaving your car next to the back entrance to pick up your bags is no problem. And for who need there is always quickly someone available who is able to speak englisch.
The room floors are well designed on one site of the elevator a nice round see trough connecting two floors, and on the other site a square see through so finding your room back is made easy in this way. Going to your room you'll be walking on thick carpet.
The room itself is marvelous batch room separated from the bed with glass walls, separate bath shower and toilet the last two with mate glass doors makes it a roomy and warm place to your happy to return to during your stay in Shanghai.
As for the health-club and spa, the Gym is well equipped with technogym gear.
Leaving your swimming googles home is no problem within 10 minutes they bring you tree different pairs to fit and for normal prices as well raging from 130 to 170 RMB.
Now fit for the pool this one is an amazing nice stretch perfect for some swimming exercices.
All in all great stay! Myckel J. Bodt
this hotel is absolutely amazing. the service, the views, the decor, the amenities. and of course the price. you don't have to waste the extra money on a "brand" name hotel in order to have the amenities you expect. usually in china, "five-star" hotels are only a fiction of the management's imagination, but this place delivers. it is about a $3USD taxi ride to the Bund. i understand that it is often difficult to trust the legitmacy and independence of a reviewer, but i recommend giving this place a chance.
Absolutely fab hotel!
Stayed here with my boyfrield a couple of weeks ago. Stayed for 4 nights and just wished I could have stayed longer! Bright modern hotel with fantastic rooms with amazing views of either the river or Pudong. Stayed in an executive room on the 38th floor and the room was just perfect after a long day of haggling in Shanghai...lie back in the bath with a drink and watch a bit of TV or just pull up the blind on the glass divides between the bathroom and bedroom and watch the world go by!
It is a little bit out of the way though, it's about a half hour walk to Pudong itself but there's an underground station right outside the hotel and you can get anywhere pretty quickly (although the underground does finish ridiculously early for such a 24-hour city). Anyway, taxis are cheap so location really isn't an issue and the view makes up for it all.
Can't recommend the hotel enough and will definite stay there again!
Ahhh!!!!! so schön!!!!!
Das beste Hotel, in dem ich bisher gewohnt habe! Die Zimmer sind schön und geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Alle Zimmer haben einen Flachbildfernseher im Bad und einen größeren am Fußende vom Bett. Das Bad hat eine Wanne und separate Dusche. Die Betten sind bequem und recht komfortabel. Die Lichtschalter sind Hightech. Es gibt genügend Platz für das Gepäck, genügend Platz für einen Tisch und eine WLAN-Verbindung. Das Buffet ist sehr gut, die Waffeln sollten Sie mal probieren, die frischen Früchte sind aber auch sehr gut. Die Security ist ein angenehmer Zusatz und man braucht den Zimmerschlüssel, um in das Stockwerk, in dem das Zimmer liegt, zu gelangen. Man kann keine anderen Etagen betreten, es sei denn, man hat zuvor dem Concierge Bescheid gesagt. Ich werde auf jeden Fall wiederkommen und kann es allen meinen Freunden weiter empfehlen.
It's the best hotel I've ever stayed in! The rooms are nice and well equipped. The bathroom has a flat screen tv and a larger one by the bed. The bathroom has a bathtub and a shower at the same time. The beds are nice, not spring nice, but comforter nice. The light switches are very high tech. There is space for luggage, a space for tables and wi fi. the buffet is very nice, try the waffles, the fruit selection and the miso soup, you'll like it. the security is nice, you have to use your keys to go to your floor, you cant go to another person's floor not unless somebody calls the concierge or fetches you from the lobby.I will so totally stay here again and I will definitely recommend this hotel to my best friend.
Luxury luxury luxury!!! Loved the Eton , Shanghai!
I just stayed 3 nights at The Eton hotel in shanghai and it was one of the most beautifull hotels ive ever stayed at (and ive been to a few!) Shanghai is a fast paced, exciting and exhausting city, it was such a pleasure to come back to our hotel every night! The bathtub was was soooo big and comfy with an incredible veiw of the skyline (yes, from the tub!) there was TWO flat screen tvs , one in the bathroom! The shower was a seperate room and had perfect water pressure... The beds were a tad bit hard, but in China they almost all are, and it turned out to not be so bad at all. The pool is a work of art, in a huge glass room overlooking the city, with plenty of chaise lounges and palm bunches around... The business center was nice, but a bit pricey to use the internet, about 50 yuan for 15 minutes.. the breakfast buffet was the ABSOLUTE BEST we have every had... in ANY country... was beautifull... i kept wanting to take pictures... the food was yummy and the presentation was just perfect! Besides... it was nice to have western food after weeks of only chinese food:) Anyhow... I loved this hotel and would almost go back to Shanghai just to stay there ! Ps. They only take yuan at the business center, no US Dollar or charging to your room.. They exchange money at front desk in lobby if need be, just take your passport with you.