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Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre ~ located in the heart of Shanghai, this beautiful hotel is convenient to the Metro, shopping, and many of the most popular tourist attractions.
On our recent adventure in Shanghai, we were thrilled to stay this unique and beautiful hotel in the center of Shanghai. We traveled with our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter so adjoining rooms made our stay even better. We did not personally select this hotel so we were a little unsure what to expect. Our son won the trip to Shanghai to compete in a Spartan Race so we just tagged along. Their travel agency made all the arrangements so needless to say, we were very happy when we arrived and found the hotel immaculate.
Clean, comfortable and quiet was my first impression of the entire hotel.
Traveling halfway across the world is a major task no matter how you look at it. After 24 hours in planes, trains and automobiles we finally arrived in Shanghai, ravenously hungry, tired and ready for clean clothes and a shower. The rooms were spotless and well equipped with everything we could possibly need.
With a 12 hour time difference, we were already messed up with a serious case of jet lag. Thank goodness the beds are incredibly comfortable because we needed a good nights sleep!
Our 17th floor room provided beautiful views of this bustling city. The hotel is conveniently located making it easy to get around by walking or metro.
The bathroom set up was a little unusual with a window looking out into the room. No worries though, there are power operated blinds that close for privacy.
This beautiful Marriott property is very generous with their “extras” such as toothbrushes, tooth paste, etc. They even have a bathroom scale in case you want to see if you’ve eaten too much on the trip.
The rooms and bathrooms were both spotless and beautifully decorated. The hotel cleaning staff was very friendly, hard working and efficient. We could not have asked for a better experience.
The hotel has numerous restaurants on site. A small deli is located just off the lobby with sandwiches, fruit and bottled drinks. The Lounge is located in a beautiful glass atrium with an adjacent bar serving breakfast, lunch or dinner. There’s also a lovely Japanese restaurant, a Bistro with buffet breakfast and dinner, another restaurant with a fantastic buffet breakfast and a Chinese restaurant. The hotel’s indoor swimming pool is gorgeous and perfectly clean. To round out the services, they also have a fully equipped fitness room, sauna and an amazing spa. One evening during our stay, our son and daughter-in-law enjoyed a couples massage while we babysat for granddaughter Jayden. They said it was incredible beyond words.
One of the things that really stood out to me, was the care and concern the entire staff showed during our stay. There was always someone available to help, and you didn’t have to look very far to find someone. We enjoyed an amazing dinner at the Chinese restaurant and at one point counted 4 people that were waiting on us. All the hotel staff is very helpful and most speak English, which is a lifesaver!
Yes the marble shower is amazing!
Our granddaughter Jayden turned 14 months old while we were in Shanghai. Her mom and dad came well prepared with children’s Tylenol and other medicines just in case. As luck would have it, Jayden started teething again the day after we arrived. We can tell she’s cutting teeth because she runs a low grade fever, has a clear runny nose and a dry cough. They were afraid they’d run out of children’s Tylenol before the teeth came in, so they went out searching for a drug store or pharmacy. Unfortunately, the Chinese have a very different health care system and drug stores apparently don’t exist like they do in the United States. You can’t pop in a CVS or Walgreen’s and grab a bottle of Tylenol. After several outings looking for the medicine, Patrick and Callie asked the concierge for help.
The concierge immediately assigned one of his staff to take them to a pharmacy and assist in any way he could. Frank (not his Chinese name – seen above) is a friendly young man who’s working at the hotel and hopes to be a manager one day. They walked 5 or 6 blocks to a pharmacy and were finally able to convince the pharmacy staff that Jayden did not need to go to the hospital, and that they knew what was wrong. The pharmacy was not going to sell them the Tylenol but with Frank’s help, they finally agreed. Patrick is a fireman and an EMT so I think they mentioned he’s a trained emergency medical professional. Lesson learned, take a big bottle of medicine when traveling in a foreign country. I think it was the very next day that Jayden cut two new teeth and immediately was back to her normal fun self.
As we were leaving the hotel, Patrick and Callie asked Frank for a photo. He inquired as to how Jayden was feeling and gave Patrick his contact information in case he ever needed anything in Shanghai. They gave Frank a nice tip for his help, which he did not want to accept. But they insisted and Frank was so thrilled, he hugged Patrick. It was a wonderful moment! American Chinese relations were good! We don’t believe tipping is a common practice in China.
The hotel rates were very reasonable, and affordable, and well worth every penny, or Yuan 🙂 If you get the chance to stay at the hotel, be sure to sign up for the buffet breakfast – the food was outstanding! I don’t know what I was expecting when we arrived at this hotel, but needless to say, it exceeded our expectations in every way.
If we ever find ourselves in Shanghai again, we would not have to think twice about staying at this Marriott property. We’ve received a lot of questions about our trip so we wanted to be sure and share our wonderful experience with the hotel too.
If you’re interested in checking out some of the other posts about our big fat adventure in Shanghai, click on the following links:
Check out the hotel’s website for more information about things to do in the area too! Ask for Frank if you go for a visit 🙂
So … where should we go next? I’m ready to start planning another trip, as we are addicted to travel adventures! Have you ever been to Costa Rica? I hear the hikes through the rainforest are amazing, along with the beaches and historic areas. I’ve always wanted to spend some time in the Pacific Northwest, or Alaska and any part of Canada. Tell me about the best vacation you’ve ever had – I’d love to hear your recommendations. Have a terrific weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!