Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Shanghai

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For my day in Shanghai, I stayed at the Crowne Plaza Shanghai, which I booked for 10k points when IHG was running one of their flash sales.

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The Crowne Plaza Shanghai is about a 5-minute walk from the Jiaotong University metro station on Line 10, so from the airport, I took Maglev to Longyang Road Station, Line 2 to East Nanjing Station, then Line 10 to Jiaotong University. All told, this trip probably took me a little over an hour.

Lobby

Lobby

Check-in was quick and efficient, and the agent both humored my poor Chinese skills and spoke very good English. She gave me a free drink from the bar just for being a member of the IHG rewards program.

Gaudy hallway

Gaudy hallway

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Welcome amenity

Welcome amenity

My room was on the 16th floor, and the room was plenty large for just myself. There were some free bottles of water in the bathroom (as well as an $8 bottle of Evian in the mini bar) and some fruit as a welcome amenity. The air conditioning worked well, although the fan in the bathroom didn’t seem to work.

Although I didn’t partake as I wanted to go out in the city to eat, breakfast looked like it had a decent spread, but I can’t judge the quality of anything.

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Overall, I enjoyed my stay, as I think it was a pretty good deal at only 10k points for the night (~$60 as I bought the points through a Daily Getaway offer earlier this year). The biggest problem I had with the hotel was the internet, as even though they offered free wifi, it was incredibly slow, so I didn’t use it for much besides looking up directions. The location was decently convenient as it’s close to a metro station and there’s some interesting stuff within walking distance. I wouldn’t go out of my way to stay there again, but I’d be happy to return if the price were right.

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