some rooms are good / others broken "
A WELL LOCATED HOTEL/ MOST OF THE STAFF CANT SPEAK ENGLISH / SOME ROOMS ARE GOOD / MANY ARE WITH BROKEN BED / BROKEN CURTAINS/ VERY HARD BAD
WE CHANGED OUR ROOM TWICE
BUT FOR THE PRICE AND NEARNESS TO MART/ CAN BE CONSIDERED
THE INFORMATION ABOUT KITCHENETTE ON WEBSITE IS WRONG. THEY DO HAVE KITCHENETTE/ BUT STAFF SAYS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO STAY FOR 1 MONTH
TO GET UTENSILS/ WE SPENT 2 DAYS
AIR CONDITIONING IN 1 ROOM WAS NOT WORKING/ WE SPENT THE NIGHT SWEATING
Arrived in Shanghai by train and made my way to the hotel by Subway. Problem with the hotel is that it is equidistant from three different Subway stations, all of which are about 15 minutes' walk away. Check in was good. Room was on the 18th floor. Anyone with a fear of heights would be fazed by the inner atrium which means that every room opens out onto an internal walkway and a drop down (17 floors in my case) to the restaurant. I had a suite which was very well equipped - microwave, cooking hob, washing machine, breakfast bar. Very well fitted bathroom and all sorts of nice little touches, although I had no personal need for the complimentary tampons or condoms. Reception staff were generally good although not always as attentive as they could have been. I thought I might have had a problem with an onward flight but, after about 10 minutes surfing the web, the staff member told me that yes, there was a flight at that time to Seoul and that if I looked online I could find the sumber to check the status of my booking - that's what I wanted him to do!
The hotel was well located and within walking distance of two train stations. Beware of any hotel that claims a view, it is probably another high rise. Taxis are abundant and usually very inexpensive. I used a transportation pass and traveled by train quite a bit. You can go almost anywhere in the city for about 50 cents US. If you visit the main attractions for tourists, you will find the city is clean, beautiful and quite modern. Venture away from the main attractions, maybe by walking a half mile to catch train and you will find the other side of Shanghai - slum areas, garbage in the streets, and smells that are hard to take. I got many strange stares in these neighborhoods, probably because they had not seen an American up close. But at no time did I feel threated or unsafe. An interesting observation was while there were many police everywhere, none carried a firearm, and seldom enforced any of the laws. Cars running (slowly) red lights; bikes, motor scooters and motorcycles apparently can travel the wrong way on a one-way street. No place to park your car - park it on the sidewalk. Many sidewalks were impassible because of the cars and motorbikes parked there. So you walk in the street. Coffee is hard to find except in tourist areas. Coffee was twice as expensive as beer. Most drinks, water and soda are sold at ambient temperature, but there were many fresh juice stands. Despite your conclusion from the above description, I enjoyed the trip very much.
I have stayed in this hotel several times. On a scale of 1-10 its about an 7. Most of the staff speaks english. Some of the rooms are still being renovated.The ones that have been renovated are very nice. A new restaurant and bar opened on 5th floor. The location is good, only a few blocks from major shopping. About 45 minutes from the Pudong airport.
The Rainbow is close to Honquaio Airport and tran station and yet closeenough to down town.
Check in is actually ok - the hotel a bit dated, but not bad at all for the money. I would definatly recommend it.
The only negative is getting a Taxi - that can be a real pain and you will easily loose it with the people outside who do little to help. Better to walk down the road and hail one for yourself
This district is known for its domestic airport, expatriate community, and zoo. The latter encompasses 74 hectares and is home to more than 600 species, including a giant panda. Upscale apartments and villas are high in number here and complement the many shops catering to workers from around the globe. Other highlights include the expansive Zhongshan Park, Shanghai Children’s Museum, and Liu Hai Su Art Center.