The Bund Riverside Hotel

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by panda2 on May 6, 2007

After arriving in its new Pudong International Airport (PVG), we wanted to ride its Maglev train from the airport, but the ticket person refused to sell any tickets as he was cashing out his drawer five minutes before the last scheduled train at 21:32, but failing to acquire tickets we couldn't go. We inquired at a bus operator's booth informing them of the area we needed, to take Bus No. 5 to get to the area needed where our hotel is located. The fare was CNY 32 per person. The fare collector signaled us to get off at the closest stop for us on the bus. Then we asked the taxi to take us to the hotel but was unsuccessful. There was a second taxi behind him stopped, so we inquired with him, he also didn't understand but called someone on his mobile to interpret English to Chinese. He then took us to our hotel. The fare was CNY 14, we handed him a CNY 20 note but he wouldn't give us our change.

New Xie Tong International Hotel is its official name aka The Bund Riverside Hotel better known indicate its location at No.398 Beijing East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200001. We found this hotel through but booked it through because it offered us a better rate ($192 for three nights, or $75/night). The hotel imposes a ten percent surcharge above its room rate.

This hotel has 176 rooms, is 14.5km from Pudong International Airport, 3.5km from the Shanghai Railway Station, in the heart of the commercial and financial area – Nanjing Rd (E), close by the Huangpu River, facing the Oriental Peal TV Tower, and Lujiazui international financial zone across the river. The amenities include Zip18, on floor 18, French style Tebanyaki is Asian with European dining with a view.

Dingzhen, a restaurant on floor 4, specializes in abalone and shark's fin dishes, resevations: +86.21.63522888 or +86.21.63501988

Spa/Sauna/Beauty Salon, on floor 11, 10am-2am, offers spa, sauna, beauty, hairdressing, body and foot massage. Reservations: 1877

Ru Li Japanese Club, offers Japanese tea, coffee bar & club with its quite oriental atmosphere.

Lobby Coffee Bar serving drinks, snacks.

Business Center, offers typing, translation, fax, package delivery, postal needs. We used their service to purchase train tickets (10am-7pm) for the onward portion of our trip with a CNY 40 service charge per ticket, cash only, hours 8am-8pm

The in room high speed internet via a RJ-45 plug is available at one yuan per minute or one hundred yuan for twenty-four hours.

We came across a wonderful dumpling restaurant ten minutes walk from our hotel.

On our day of departure, we had the hotel get a taxi for us and to tell the driver to take us to the Shanghai Railway Station.

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