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Natasha03
La Jolla, California

Good budget hotel for a short stay

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 Oct 2019
The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to the Bund, People's Square, Nanjing Road and Yu Garden. Just 5 minutes walk to the closest Metro station. Lots of places to eat around the hotel. Clean rooms, comfortable beds, great AC, working WIFI. Chinese buffet breakfast was good with lots of options . Friendly stuff with limited English. Choose type A room, it's much bigger than type B and has separate shower. Stayed in room 708. Ask for the upper floor for some views and less noise.
Date of stay: October 2019
Room Tip: Choose type A room, it's much bigger than type B and has separate shower. Ask for the upper...
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Reviewed 5 September 2019

Her Wrinkles Are Showing: The Hao Du reminds me of those old French colonial hotels you can still find in towns like Luang Prabamg, Phnom Penh and Saigon. About a century ago, Shanghai’s French Concession was enlarged significantly; I wonder whether this neighborhood was part of their concession. I suspect the Hao Du was built prior to 1937, perhaps prior to 1914. To be fair, Hao Du actually has been kept up much better than the average French colonial hotel. There are two lifts, neither of which appear to be perennially out of order. You room-card activates the lifts, proving they’ve been updated recently. So have the rooms: the walls of mine were repainted within the last year or two; a flat-screen TV is on the wall; and a full-length mirror now proudly hangs opposite the door to a toilet-cum-bath of venerable antiquity. Venerable antiquity is a virtue in Shang bronzes, but a grave vice in plumbing. Hao Du’s antiquated and postage-stamp-size bathroom, though functional, is pretty grim (see Den of Bathiquity photo). On a brighter note, the beds are modern and quite comfortable (see Hao Du Bedroom photo); and the air-conditioning is excellent. I regularly listened to street noise and the rainstorm-like pattering of water from the shower in the room next door. The walls may be freshly painted, but they’re sure as shooting not sound-proofed. Staying here is rather like sitting across from your grandmother, once a celebrated beauty, but whose recent face-lifts will never restore her youth. Still, there may have been a day back in the Roaring 20s, where the Hao Du’s clientele included Tsarist counts and duchesses, all poorer than church-mice but happy to have escaped the Bolshies via Chita and Harbin.

Great Price and Location: The hotel’s price-tag is bargain-basement. The last hotel I stayed at in Shanghai was three or four times as much per night. There are inexpensive eateries all around, and a shopping center and Metro station within two blocks of the hotel. You may be wondering “Hao Du I get to the hotel after I land in Shanghai?” Easily and inexpensively: take the subway (Line 10) from the airport to Laoximen Station; transfer to Line 8 (the blue line) and go up one station to Dashijie; use Exit 2 to get outside, then walk left around the corner and go two blocks down; the hotel will be about 10 meters to your left at the second intersection. This saves you a sack of money if you’re travelling light. If you’ve brought along a steamer trunk or two, the subway might not be practical. Still, from the hotel, Yu Yuan Gardens and the City Gods Temple are just two subway stops away (back to Laoximen; transfer to Line 10 and Yu Yuan is the next stop.) The Shanghai Museum, Natural History Museum, Central Railway Station, etc., are all easy to get to from here.

Technology: I’m in room 331. 331’s electric sockets--two at the small table, and one beside the bed--accept a wide range of plug types, including US two- and three-prong plugs. And management assured me that I have my own personal WiFi: “just go to WiFi 331 and enter this 8-digit password.” There are indeed individual room WiFis here: 333, 328, and six other third-floor rooms showed up. But, alas, no 331, so no WiFi for me. If you do book this hotel, you might want to contact them and request Room 333. Tell them that back home in Australia, Argentina, Alabama or wherever you hail from, 333 is considered an auspicious number. And it actually is good fortune to get dependable WiFi access at this hotel (provided you have a VPN).

Bonuses and Deficiencies: Guests get two bottles of water per day, two tea-bags on arrival, and an electric coffee-pot. I got no instant coffee packets, but nearby convenience stores have them. Storage space in the room is ample, though my room had only four hangers (see Cupboard in Bare photo). The view from my window is as bad a view as I’ve ever had, but the view would be better from a higher floor (see View From 331 photo). No mini-fridge. Even worse: no safe in the room: like most Westerners I typically carry more cash in China than in other countries. Chinese hotels don’t accept my foreign credit cards; booking agents and hotel chains will reserve my room but I cannot pay for it on-line; and most ATMs still won’t accept Western cards either. These annoyances have slightly improved over the last five years, but I still carry a far amount of CNY at the start of a China trip, and would prefer a room with a safe for my cash and electronics. That alone bars my ever re-booking Hao Du. But if you've got a mainland bank, the problem's minimized.

The Morning Grub: Breakfast was droll: rice with various stir-fries to top it with, none involving fish, flesh or fowl. Off to one side you can get congee, without much in the way of accoutrements. A few tables seat four each, and two banquet-size tables in a side room hold eight or ten each. It gets crowded: if you see an open seat, introduce yourself and grab it. One morning a competitor grabbed the last seat before I finished topping my rice with the stir-fried cabbage. So I staked out an available section of wall, and leaned against that as I tried to eat: an odd experience. They had hard-boiled eggs: how do you crack and peel the eggshell off while leaning against a wall holding a plate? Standing against the wall with the plate in one hand and a fork in the other, how do you handled a coffee-cup? Still, the breakfast food is abundant, nutritious, and sure to please vegetarians. In addition to the 0700-0900 breakfasts, the restaurant stays open until 2100; not sure whether dinner’s standing room only.

Culture: The lobby is small, but not devoid of interest. Facing the reception desk is an attractive little goldfish pond: technically it’s a shanshui penjing: a miniature landscape created by carefully selecting and shaping rocks, and placing them in a container in contact with water (miniature mountains along a river or seacoast). Leafy vines in the center and along the sides complete the depiction. I don’t think the vines are actual living plants, but the goldfish are certainly alive and frisky. Although few of the guests—Chinese or foreign—seemed to give it a second look, I applaud management for a quite pleasant nod toward traditional Chinese culture: it’s really well done! (See Shanshui Penjing photo) On the wall leading toward the elevators, hotel management has thoughtfully placed two large posters, full of important and interesting information about Shanghai for visitors; if your calligraphy is rusty, neither will do you any good (see All Greek to Me photo). On the far end of the lobby is an intriguing little statue of a Plains Indian striking an heroic pose while wearing a war-bonnet (but very little else) and holding a Victorian walking stick! (See Plains Warrior photo). How that Sioux or Cheyenne chief ever wound up in the Hao Du Hotel lobby is anyone’s guess. Probably he was shanghaied.

Room tip: Strongly recommend a room a high as you can get, to improve the view and lessen street noise
Date of stay: August 2019
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Reviewed 16 July 2019

For around 250¥ per night I got a single room with a private bathroom in a very good location in Shanghai. The AC made a constant noise even when turned off, and the door was anything but soundproof, as i could hear the cleaning ladie's every step in the morning. "Making the room" is literally making the bed, as they don't change the bedsheets even on request. Bring earphones or some earplugs if planning to stay here.

Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank M P
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Reviewed 6 June 2019

This hotel is a short 10/15 minute walk from main mall and slightly more to the Bund or old Shanghai village and temple. However my room was one up from a pod hotel bed as the bed took up virtually all the room space. Despite that it was very clean and included amenities like a hair dryer, comb, soap,toothbrush and kettle and bottle of water. The air conditioner turned the room into a refrigerator in minutes. Staff were friendly but had limited English. Not ideal for a long stay but at the price a good budget hotel for a short stay. Starbucks and Costa coffee within 100m and 7-10 minutes to Line 2 subway to Pudong Airport also great crepe 'hole in the wall' place 50m away

Room tip: Ask for the bigest room possible
Date of stay: June 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 May 2019 via mobile

I had to request a change of room because it smelled of tobacco even if the hotel has a non-smoking policy. Slippers provided. They store luggage upon check out. Breakfast was good! The black rice pastries of the picture were my favourite!

Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Travelled solo
Thank luaester
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Reviewed 21 May 2019

This hotel is very well located for central Shanghai landmarks - Bund, People's Park, Nanjing St, Xintiandi etc. It's a 10 minute walk from People's Square metro station which you can reach directly from Pudong Airport. The immediate area is good for restaurants and convenience stores.
Hotel lobby was fine, the lady on reception spoke English and let me check me in before official check-in time of 15:00. Room number 743 was on the top floor (lift was good though). Room was very small, basic, generally clean. Bathroom was an old plastic 'module' that was really small. Room smelt of cigarette smoke. Bed was comfortable enough.
As it was an internal room, the small window looked out into an opening about 30 cm wide, directly into another room. You have to keep the blind closed if you want privacy. Also, the air-conditioning did not work, and if the window was open it was quite noisy outside. Luckily it was not hot when I stayed.
The free wi-fi seemed to work OK, not sure if it's that secure though. Every room has its own SSID!
This is a budget hotel so don't expect all mod-cons, and expect a few scruffy patches. It was pretty good for the price though, and I would have given another star if the air-con had worked. Not suitable for a family holiday, but OK for solo business trip.

Room tip: Internal rooms do not have a view.
Date of stay: May 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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