Really nice place. Staff is helpful and knowledgeable. I only ate a couple meals in the hotel as the buffet was pricey for my taste. Lots of local restaurants nearby. The laundry service was fast, and good, but damned expensive. The room as nice, comfortable. The price was quite competitive for comparable properties nearby. I'd stay again.
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.