As promised in my earlier posts that I will write about our experience of hotels in a separate blog – here I am providing details of each chain of hotels, individual and concept hotels we used during our trip.
- Jingyue 99 Inn Town Shop (景悦99客栈江镇店)
Address: No.835 Chuan Nan Feng Gong Rd, Pudong, Shanghai, 201202, China
川南奉公路835号, 浦东新区, 上海
Phone: +86 21 6878 3099
GPS coordinates: N 031° 11.208, E 121° 44.486Close to airport, cheap but certainly not to be used for more than one night if a heavy odor of smoking doesn’t irritates you or you are not allergic to such smell. I was happy that we stayed for hours. Reception girl didnt knew English but she communicated execellently using a mobile app. This was first hand experience of China – you are a alien there – you dont understand anyone and anything and no one understand you , even sorry or thanks …. That makes this travel more challenging, interesting and yet very scary because, if anything goes out of the box – then it is very difficult for you to communicate and exchange any message or information.
GOLDEN RULE: Bring a open phone, purchase a phone chip and I think in 100 yuan- there was 10 GB data too.
Train station is walking distance from this hotel – and you can get metro to main hub of the city.
2. Train Inn
Phone: +86 21 6051 2751Heavily being promoted by boking.com and other portals- this is worst !
I think, portals are getting good commission – this is why such properties are getting bookings otherwise, this was one of the worst places we stayed in Shanghai. Cerainly not value for money as it is mostly tagged. This is train coach converted into hotel – your bed is small- there is no luggage place and there is no secure lock. Charging point for your device is not availalable – when you see others- you ask them and they provide you extention board. Food is another problem – there is no food market where you can find food you are looking for- and finding vegeterian food was a big challenge. We cancelled our all bookings with them. and yes, washrooms are shared – public washroom where smell of smoking is another factor to piss you off.
3. 7 Days Inn Xining North Main Street
1-4F No.11 North Main Street, Chengzhong District, Xining,
We used same chain of hotels in Zhangye and in Xinning. One of the best, vallue for money, very friendly staff, although communication is through apps only – but some of them managed to converse in English. Rooms were spacious, bathroom was good and their housejob department was excellent. I strongly reccommend this hotel chain. In my next visit – I have planned to use this chain of hotels, where ever possible. It is marked two star and its really good.