Review of YaZhu Hotel, Shanghai, China
I secured my booking the day before my arrival into the city at the main railway station, I chose this hotel chiefly as it was close to the city’s metro network as well as only being two stops from the main railway station so not too far to have to carry my luggage.
The booking was made online through www.hostelworld.com with the booking secured through paying a 10% deposit. This was available to be paid through either a credit or debit card or through PayPal. The booking was confirmed within a short space of time complete with the balance to be paid upon my arrival as well as a booking confirmation number.
Directions were available through the website to the hotels location just a short walk from XinZha Road station on the city’s metro line one. I was also given the phone number of the hotel should I need to use that for directions. On arriving at the correct station I returned to street level through exit number 6, walked to the right and turned right again onto Huang He Lu (signposts are in both Mandarin and English), and after around 100 metres the hotel was on the left, opposite a large supermarket. The address is 288 Huang He Lu, the building next door of private apartments is also number 288 but each is easily recognisable for what they are.
The hotel in the Huangpu district of Shanghai is close to the People’s Square (just a ten minute walk) allowing for easy access from there to most points of the city by metro.
The YaZhu Hotel is independently operated close to the city centre with 65 standard rooms available. There is no restaurant or food available within the building although numerous small restaurants are available along the surrounding streets at reasonable prices. Breakfasts are available from £0.60p or less than one US dollar. Main meals can be purchased from around £2 or US$3 in these nearby eating establishments.
The rooms were twin or double beds, all en-suite. Some rooms have windows while other interior rooms did not have this option. The rooms were all on the one floor and although all were clearly marked the corridors to reach the rooms were a little maze like and was somewhat confusing.
The prices began at just 80 RMB per person per night, which is around £8 or about US$12 for a standard double room. The most costly option was a deluxe twin room costing 114 RMB per person. I felt these prices were very reasonable for a location within a major city centre.
Available within each room was a TV; most channels were in Chinese, although there was one English language news channel and another showing movies in English. The hotel lists having wifi, this was not available in the room I stayed in although a cable was available to connect through the broadband network.
I found the staff to be pleasant and helpful with any information both locally of where best to eat as well as what routes to use and where to exit from the metro when visiting any tourist attractions.
The prices available were only available online and the price for rooms without a booking started at over 200RMB. The reception was manned over the full 24 hour period, although the person working over night generally was unable to communicate in English.