Jul 07, 2010
Shanghai hotels have gone up in price over the last few years, and with Expo 2010 Shanghai, competition for affordable hotel rooms is fierce. Accordingly, when I was in Shanghai in May, 2010 I gave up on finding a cheap hotel and opted instead for a great, luxurious hotel: The Marriott Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden. Address: 159 South He Nan Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai.
It's not often that I'm willing to pay US$300 for a hotel room for a single night.
But my Marriott Rewards Points were sufficient to pay for a free night, so I redeemed the points in the morning and was checked into my room by the afternoon. The room was fabulous, modern, 5 stars by any measure, with great service and amenities.
Club-level rooms grant you access to a superb 24 hour private club, with floor-to-ceiling windows displaying a view similar to what you see above, as well as newspapers, TV, Internet, and all the food and drink you need. The roof has a spa, balcony, exercise room, and a glass-walled swimming pool. Even though the hotel was mostly full, I had the pool entirely to myself.
Staff were courteous throughout, and I explained to a few younger staff about Marriott's origins in the Washington, DC area, and present-day headquarters in my hometown: Bethesda, Maryland. I told them they had a terrific employer and to stick with the company.