Shangri-La – Shanghai Pudong- Review

We stayed here for great views but room decor and amenities were disappointing.

Shangri-La in Pudong is situated few minutes walk from Shanghai Tower and Pearl Tower. There are two Shangri-La buildings, one is closer to the river and the other just behind it. The building closer to the river is the old building and this was Shanghai’s first 5 start hotel. The newer building is just behind the old one and this is where we stayed.

Daytime view from the executive city view room

Location: We chose to stay at Shangri-La for its location. Having stayed on the other side of the bund (Peninsula and peace hotel) we wanted to experience the newer side of the city. The hotel is conveniently located next to a shopping mall which has western and Asian food stores. Across the road(next to Ritz) there is another shopping mall more catered towards the high-end consumer, which is called IFC. This Shopping mall also has a food court but the food is a bit more expensive than the one opposite to Shangri-La. The Pearl Tower, and Shanghai Tower within few minutes walk from the Shangri-La.

Lobby: Shangri-la Pudong has a big lobby area.


Disappointing rooms: Average price for city view executive room is around £200 per night without breakfast and the only thing to like about this room is the view, although I would rather stay at Ritz Carlton opposite to this hotel for £50 more per night. I thought since this is called the “new building” the rooms would be up to date. However, the rooms looked very old and outdated. There was no luxury feel to it.

Too much wood and it looked bad. Not luxurious at all.

Worst Shower Ever! This was the worst shower I’ve ever had! It is the industry standard that if you are paying £200 per night you would expect to get a room with a really good shower. However, at Shangri-La Pudong, the shower was really bad because the water pressure was low and therefore it gave very little water. I had to call an engineer because I thought this is not right but the engineer said this is the normal water pressure. With that in mind, I do not think I will stay here again.

Is it worth the money? definitely not! Views were good and that the only things. If you happen to book here, make sure to check the water pressure of the shower before settling into your stay.

Tip:  for just £50 more a night you will have a much better experience at Ritz Carlton which is across the road. So I would avoid this hotel unless they upgrade the decor and shower.


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